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UPLACE: Muri keeps making false statement

Letter by Shirley J. Craft, University Place on June 25, 2012 at 9:47 am with 7 Comments »
June 25, 2012 11:19 am

Re: “Candidate’s Town Center remarks upset officials” (TNT, 6-21).

Dick Muri has stated that his comments about University Place’s Town Center are important to his campaign. He continues to state that UP will go broke because it can’t pay back the millions of dollars it borrowed to develop the Town Center project.

If this is so important to his campaign, why didn’t he tell the truth? He should have talked to Ken Grassi and the City Council for the facts before relying on rumors.

So the town project is moving slowly; it is still moving. A cafe with a child play area opened recently, and there are plans for an apartment building with retail shops in the works.

If this statement is so vital to his campaign, then Muri is in trouble, because intelligent voters are not going to buy into his falsehoods. Most of us in UP know Stan Flemming and Ken Grassi, and know that they care about UP and its growth, about making UP one of the nicest and safest towns around and a place where people want to live.


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  1. bkeyport1970 says:

    Moving slowly all right – moving too slowly to repay the loans.

    It’s a bloated project, like so many cities and towns got stuck into.

    it should fail.

  2. Muri consistent? Muri was opposed to the first Pierce Transit sales tax request due to the economy, no new taxes etc., thats fine. Immediately after PT’s vote failed, he authored/supported to raise taxes for the 911 system!

    Not arguing PT or 911, but consistency! You preach no more taxes, then turn around and support a raise for 40+ years!

    Must have contacts/friends who work for the 911 system!

  3. CrazyJim says:

    Lets see if Muri, a teabillie rock star, can make it in the private sector this November.

  4. I’d like to see you, Borg, work just one shift at a 911 call center. Or, God forbid, should your house burn down because there was no money to hire quality dispatchers. At least when Dick Muri supports a tax increase, it goes where it should – to community safety – and not a struggling transit system that is not all that important in the grand scheme of things.

  5. runner52 says:

    I confess to not knowing the details of University Place’s financial situation. Apparently, others, including the Wall Street Journal have some knowledge here. For my part, I frequently drive visitors from out of town along Bridgeport in order to point out an example of city government boondoggling and incompetence. When I first moved to the area about 10 years ago, I frequently patronized the businesses in the area that was razed for the Towne Center. After the razing, I was able to find other areas for my business. I did recently have reason to use the UP Library, but I found its parking scheme must have been designed by someone from Mars. Other than that, without businesses to patronize, I think that the best use of Towne Center is as I use it–a monument to idiocy.

  6. harleyrider1 says:

    University Place is not going broke right now for one simple reason: they continue to refinance a $50-million dollar loan.

    Is postponing a loan of such magnitude equivalent to having the money to pay what you owe? And if you cannot afford to pay off $59-Million dollars that is probably more like $75-Million dollars today, wouldn’t you have to file bankruptcy?

    Does U.P. have something to sell to the banks or to anyone that is worth $75-Million? Can the businesses and people be taxed enough to pay the existing City debts and that one?

    So… is Muri out of line, untruthful or is this the Emperor has no clothes?

    The sad part was University Place was a great place to live and doing fine until the clowns came in and wanted their version of a city.

  7. Wlake: like I stated before, (reading comprehension skills), I’m not arguing importance of 911 or Pierce Transit, rather Muri’s duplicity on raising taxes! I’ve been in the military for 21 years, I’ve had months at a time more stressful than one shift at any 911 center

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