Those elected and hired to administer Tacoma should be ashamed. On Thursday night, 80 to 100 concerned citizens braved bad weather and the dark of night to venture out to meet the decision-maker holding the fate of the enjoyment of their neighborhood in his hands.
No tape of the testimony could adequately capture the intensity, emotion and concern of the citizens. The decision-maker should have been there. The public hearing was to take comment on placement of the intensive new use and commercialization of the old Weyerhaeuser mansion, turning the once serene residential neighborhood into party central.
The crowd included citizens who ranged in age from 4 to 90. The crowd included Murphy the German shepherd service dog who sat quietly, without complaint, beside the man he serves – a man who surely would have been better off in the comfort of his home that up until recently was quiet.
This was to be a civics lesson for the dozen or so youth who attended this meeting. Alas, the City of Tacoma did not think that this meeting or these citizens were important enough to actually have the decision-maker present.
This dismissive stance by the City of Tacoma was indeed a lesson in civics for the youth who attended. The message: Murphy the service dog serves better than the elected and administrative officials of Tacoma. The humans who serve the citizens of Tacoma should be ashamed.