The Cactus Speaks: Misplaced Priorities

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by Earl Gipson

Misplaced Priorities
In the Council study session two new employees were introduced (newly created positions).

We now have a Storm Water Asset Management Coordinator and Administrative Assistant II/Permit Coordinator. Notice we no longer have Code Compliance Officers but rather Code Compliance Coordinators instead.

What’s next, a Break Room coordinator?

Pretty soon we will have a City Manager and 100 Coordinators. Have no fear at least your brand new 6.25 percent utility is employing something. How is your bank account these days? If its in bad shape you may consider an online course in becoming a coordinator for some sort for the city.

The study session was missing from the original posting of the video. It was restored, except my public comments questioning if the above positions were new or replacement employees. As of this writing (May 28) they are still missing after an email to our City Manager. What an odd coincidence that they would be missing and nothing else.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The City Manager replied that the videographer was late and the first part of the study session was not recorded but that audio would be made available. It was not on the recording as of Friday (May 29) morning.)

Complaining does no good and you will be chastised by a Council Member for even thinking about it or it will be called a “pet project” and not deserving of the King’s and Queen’s attention. Voting the Majority leadership out is the only way to turn this around if we would take the time. A mere 30 percent voter turnout will not do it.

The City’s priorities and budgeting are misplaced. Salmon conferences, National League of Cities’ conferences, and hiring coordinators of nebulous value? We need boots on the ground and boots in the Council seats and it seems to be the last thing our City leadership wants to do. Council Member Campbell was absent this time (the infamous salmon conference). Guess it was her turn.

Our last election in 2011 was purchased by outsiders. We are now seeing the results of a single minded outside special interest doing this while our City falls into disrepair with incompetent leadership who can only handle a microphone, create brochures, and spend money on conferences that advance their political careers but do nothing for our City.

While we have been pointing out our problems (as politely as the SeaTac Blog editor permits), I know we can change this at this next election. In our case, the City Manager form of government has failed us when an absurd Council Majority is driving a City Manager’s continued employment.

Again, I am being polite.

I do ask that we give this a chance and don’t go moving/relocating your businesses just yet. The increasing comments and public participation at Council meetings will hopefully turn the tide and we can begin to recover from this downward spiral and not lose our tax base as historically is the pattern when City leadership fails its own citizens and businesses.

I did a Public Request on 05/03/15 for all the raises that our City Manager has authorized since 2013. That’s been stalled by the City until July 17th. Is record keeping a problem too?


5 Responses to “The Cactus Speaks: Misplaced Priorities”
  1. Joe Momas says:

    Earl – maybe they can hire me as a Public Request Coordinator?

  2. jellybean says:

    A couple days ago, I drove by the Code Enrcement car on 40th & 172nd with 2 people in the car. I would think that they would get alot more done daily if they split up and were on their own. Why pay for 2 Code Compliance Coordinators if they are together?Hire a driver instead, it’s cheaper!

  3. Earl Gipson says:

    Audio of my comments have been restored when I checked today at 5:00 AM. I have requested of the City Manager and Council that all components/requirements of the Study Session and Council Meetings be in place before the meetings are started.

  4. seatac says:

    john wyble of winpower strategies has been manipulating seatac elections since 2010. this is the guy behind mia gregerson, kathryn campbell, dave bush, sally andrews, and dozens of other corrupt politicians and political action committees (PACs) always running smear campaigns: