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PUYALLUP: Yet more council disinterest in citizen input

Letter by Steven Shores, Puyallup on Nov. 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm | 7 Comments »
November 12, 2010 12:44 pm

Re: “Puyallup rejects initiatives” (TNT, 11-11).

This action by the Puyallup City Council is the most recent in a long string of wake-up calls for citizens to get involved in local government by speaking at council meetings, expressing their opinions in the media, etc.

Here’s a list of recent events suggesting some on the council aren’t interested in what citizens have to say. All were defeated by vocal citizen action:

• Spring 2006 – Attempt to eliminate local district representation by council members prompted 1700 signatures against.

• April 2009 – Another attempt to eliminate local representation, prompting 27 citizens to speak against at a meeting.

• April 2009 – Attempt to eliminate citizen comments from printed minutes.

• November 2009 – Attempt to not return all utility taxes promised citizens after fire department annexation into Central Pierce.

• January 2010 – Require citizens to sign up to speak at meetings.

• March 2010 – Censor what citizens can say at meetings.

Now this latest vote by five council members to prevent citizens from gaining the power of initiative and referendum.

On June 8, the council did this: A motion was made by Councilman Kent Boyle, seconded by Councilman Don Malloy, to postpone the resolution on term limits to a date to be determined after the council considers the powers of initiative and referendum. The motion passed 7-0.

Well, here’s their last chance. The council should pass a form of term limits that is acceptable to citizens rather than their own personal needs.

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