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PUYALLUP: Government not by the people

Letter by Michael A. Garrett, Puyallup on Dec. 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm with 9 Comments »
December 27, 2010 1:33 pm

With the political upheaval in our country and state at present, you would think politicians would behave in alignment with the wishes of the citizens. Well, not in Puyallup.

The City Council voted (against the wishes of the people) to change the start times of council meetings from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. The 7 p.m. start time reasonably accommodated working people, people with families, and people who commute to attend the meetings. Apparently the council thought this was not reasonable.

The council also voted against allowing the citizens the right of referendum. Then there’s the issue of the landfill settlement. The city will acquire $2.5 million of new bond funding when the public works budget has a current reserve of $10 million, easily enough to cover the cost of settlement. This only adds to the issue of non-voter-approved debt being astronomically higher than voter-approved debt.

And how about the council’s behavior before/during the Puyallup Fair’s attempt to rezone 200-plus acres of property from low/high density residential to “Events Center?” This attempt was made without any notice to, or input from, the affected citizens. Only after the backlash from the citizens was the proposal abandoned.

I would think Mayor Kathy Turner and council members Tami Brouillet, Nicole Martineau, Don Malloy, and Kent Boyle would take heed and start listening to their constituents.

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  1. The city council members referenced in the letter regard Puyallup as their own little play city similar to the Sims game. Ignore the citizens of Puyallup, and govern according to your wants and desires. Puyallup suffered greatly after the death of one of the few council member to actually listen to the people he represented.

  2. vrumvrum says:

    Turner and Malloy have gotten away with anything they wanted for way too long. Now that the meetings are on TV, It can’t be as fun for them this year. There has been a group of people showing up at the meetings for quite some time that are holding the council’s feet to the fire. Some of those foks are pretty inconvenienced at the 6 oclock time. Traffic’s a real pain too.

  3. vrumvrum says:

    Knutsen pointed out that the loss of George Dill was a real setback for the city.

  4. Kathy Turner and Don Malloy have acted for years like they feel somehow they are ordained by a higher power to determine what is best for the city dispite what the majority of vocal citizens say. Tami Brouillet is just along for the ride on her inlaws’ coat tails. Nicole Martineau thinks she’s still playing high school politics. And Kent Boyle may or may not be salvagable. You still have time Kent to show citizens you are truly independent, thoughtful and caring. Only time will tell. Show the honesty to move the time back to 7pm.

    “Fast is good but accurate is better” – Cowboy Slim – Hee Haw!

  5. Great article Michael. Keep it up. Ride ‘em Cowboy!

  6. You are gonna love this. Now the City Manager is claiming the city HAD to get the bonds rather than spend its own money to maintain their Bond Rating.
    What is he smoking ?

  7. Gotta have good credit so it’s easier to borrow more money and get further in debt. “When in doubt, let your Horse do the thinkin’.” – Cowboy Slim

    Hee Haw!

  8. citizendoe says:

    Michael… ditto!!…. three strikes and you’re out right?… Malloy sat right there in a council meeting several months back and said he’d support Initiative and referendum, when it made for a good political sound bite, and then of course when it came time to vote, he did what he always does and it is rarely good for Puyallup Citizens. Boyle sat there when the time came to support I&R and started blabbering about special interest this and special interest that, and his rhetoric completely masked the issue which is citizens don’t trust the council because they have not proven themselves trustworthy, and your three examples of them not doing the citizens work just puts the exclamation point on the issue. Boyle forgot that we don’t trust them, but we do trust the citizens to make the right decision at the ballot box, regardless what issue of I&R came up.

  9. Has anyone considered “recalling” Boyle ?
    I can’t see financing being any issue.
    I can only imagine the “Harrassment” lawsuits against the city that would result if ever the individual ever sat on the throne at Temple Turner.

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