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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 with 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.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. But Boyle can hold the higher ground as he is not i”nfluenced by special interest” as are the citizens (per his rationale). What actions this year has Boyle championed ?
    1. The disasterous replacement of George Dill with an individual who is unqualified, inexperienced and incapable
    2. Encouraged the citizens to frequent a downtown booze establishment
    3. Mandated unlawful hiring quotas for the city manager search
    4. A council start time so early that it inhibits citizens from attending their own council meetings (just so its fits his own commute schedule)
    And much much more that would not pass the PG-13 test.

  2. Puyallup government is starting to look like Ruston’s more and more each day.

  3. If a citizen make A sensible suggestion,I feel the council would probably call him or her out of order, or table the suggestion for review at a later date,say 10 years from now!Remember this,the politicos do not like to be critized,no matter how much the criticism is deserved!!!!After all YOU are the sheep and THEY ARE THE SHEPHERDS!!!!

  4. Make that CRITICISED

  5. Sumner401 says:

    Pierce county council is made up of mostly republicans, isn’t it?

  6. This letter is about Puyallup, not Pierce County.

    And the Puyallup council is a democrat majority.

  7. Sounds like the council is a hard bull to ride. They keep bucking off the cowboys who seem to always fall in the green pies. Maybe we need the clown to lead us in a pie fight! Whoa! Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction. Geddy up!

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