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The Cactus Speaks: Diapers for all eventually, anyway


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by Earl Gipson

Study Session discussion of changes to Code Enforcement Sections
There are many gray areas in implementation and definitions in the paragraphs discussed (see below) but that is normal for any city.

Code Enforcement is and always will be subjective and that is a function of Council policy, the Code Enforcement officer’s judgment (I mean $3,000 more a year “coordinators”), and tolerance of neighbors. I will speak to these issues at the next meeting.

No one needs to go nuts in either direction. Putting persons in jail is excessive (implied by Council Member Bush) unless there is criminal activity. You can’t fix anything if you are in jail. Can’t pay your debts if you are in debtor’s prison.

‘For Hire’ makes a mess of neighborhoods
The natural gas station slated for 170th and 31st Ave South had some opposition. The local neighborhood is already upset about For Hire vehicles using their streets for cleaning/detailing their vehicles, trash disposal, and toilets.

SeaTac property owners Bill Roberson and Lois Slade spoke on behalf of the area. This again goes to code enforcement and the “ick factor.” The new natural gas station would seem to exacerbate the traffic, parking at 170th/Internationl, and the neighborhood’s grief even further.

As far as I can tell, the new station meets the zoning and city requirements but the impacts may need to be examined closely and some mitigation addressed.

Diapers galore
Un-elected Mayor Gregerson read her proclamation for Diaper Awareness Week straight from the template here and for all the political reasons listed. There was some confusion as to where to donate diapers. I recall my parents washing and reusing diapers. Am I just old fashioned/old? In any case, what a pile of crap.

Next Meetings 09/22/15
The Council Study Session is supposed to discuss “working groups” (aka Council Committees) if they keep their promise to Council Member Fernald. My opinion is that anything less than public access is unacceptable.

In the Regular Council Meeting the Council will vote on the new Code Enforcement provisions. It is an action item so the public can comment at the beginning of the meeting and prior to the discussion of the vote. It is Agenda Bill 4082. Changes/details can be found on pages 41 thru 47 of the Council Packet here.

Nov. 3 General Election coming fast
Your vote counts so don’t miss it.


Comments

3 Responses to “The Cactus Speaks: Diapers for all eventually, anyway”
  1. jellybean says:

    Proclamations provide a political benefit to the elected official in showing that the office cares about children in need in the state/city/county, and allows the official to highlight the good work of the diaper bank(s) serving the community.”

  2. jellybean says:

    Proclamations provide a political benefit to the elected official in showing that the office cares about children in need in the state/city/county, and allows the official to highlight the good work of the diaper bank(s) serving the community.”

    from:
    http://nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org/diaperawareness/take-action/request-a-proclamation/

    Hey Mia! How are poor people supposed to afford diapers when you have secretly raised their taxes to over $40/month?

    from:
    http://seatacblog.com/2015/09/08/letter-secret-meetings-and-the-utility-tax/

  3. Mike Condon says:

    So nothing is new, Mia and Dave are full of Sh!t , The elections are coming. Become educated citizens of SeaTac, it is time for a complete overhaul of the current council. Be aware as I have offers to move into quite a few basements in SeaTac, watch out Tony and Kathryn, I may be on the horizon!!