The Cactus Speaks: A Reversal of Fortune


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by Earl Gipson

In the Council Meeting Tuesday, led by Council Member Fernald, the Council re-considered not reading the summary Agenda Bills they were approving in their unanimous Consent (via the Study Session) into the record at Council meetings. This is a favorable decision to the Citizens who attend and/or watch the Council Meetings on line. Approving a Consent Agenda (en masse) without itemizing what they were approving was a disservice to Citizens even if it was out of Council expedience. Logic prevailed and in a Council reversal the City Clerk will now again read the summary of approved Consent Agenda Bills into the Public Record during the Council Meeting.

On the issue of marijuana the Council decided to kick back and wait with no decision on producers, retail, etc in the City of SeaTac. I guess that’s apropos since that is most likely what marijuana users would do. Have a Twinkie.

In the Study Session we had an interesting presentation by teenagers from Global Connections High School on what they would like to see in the Angle Lake Light Rail Station area. Of course proximity to competing businesses, infrastructure costs, and our excessive permitting processes were not in the mix, nor a timeline but they sure knew more than some of our council members (who never consider those anyway). It was good to see a teenage centric idea with all the “buzz words” included (diversity, green, etc.). It all comes down to math/economics, and no matter the wants, nice empty buildings will result without those considerations and mean nothing in terms of our City’s future.

As far as Council meetings in general, come on down!

Attending SeaTac Council meetings is not boring (most of the time anyway). Just pretend you are watching a soap opera LIVE. Some of the Public attending bring knitting, crossword puzzles, etc. (I would not suggest food or popcorn). You
will also get to know the “characters” playing the part of running our city.

There are villains, sneaks, and manipulators just like you would expect in your daytime serials except the “good guys” rarely prevail in our City without help. That’s where we, the Citizens of SeaTac, come in and have our bit parts to play
in this drama (Public Comment, blogs, and feedback to the Council) and insure the good guys at least have a chance. No matter the proclamations our Council Majority do not really want the Public at the meetings but it is more fun that way (at least for me) and we can change a story arc or plot with participation.

Ample parking. No charge for admission.


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