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Tag: University Place


UPLACE: City playing shell game

The University Place City Council seems to be playing a shell game with its citizens.

The Council asked for voter approval of a utility tax increase to fund police services while planning to “shift” current police funds to the parks if the measure passed. Since the utility tax was not approved by the voters, the Council is considering a junior taxing district to fund parks.

Sounds like a shifty Council to me.


UPLACE: PTA likely won’t get restitution

Re: “Ex-treasurer of UP PTA charged with felonies” (TNT, 10-28).

Some years back, I became treasurer to a Lakewood elementary school PTA that had $20,000 stolen by its previous treasurer. That individual was prosecuted and sent to prison for 18 months. This was not that individual’s first offense for theft of this nature.

The other part of the sentencing required restitution of the stolen funds. In all, only $60 was repaid. Then the Department of Corrections turned the account over to a collection agency. That is all that is required in administering the court’s sentencing.

No further legal action can be

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UPLACE: Common-sense solution to parking problem

There is a fair, common-sense solution to the parking problems revealed by the recent University Place Council’s plans for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

Streets and highways are (and should be) constructed and maintained with public gas tax revenues to expedite safe vehicular travel only, certainly not for private parking (of cars, boats, RVs or trailers – at any time, day or night). Our gas tax money is solely for public roads – not for private parking in residential, commercial or industrial neighborhoods.

Business and residential owners should provide off-street parking for themselves, their friends and customers on

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UPLACE: Tax increase for police isn’t needed

Re: “Voters should support public safety ballot measures” (editorial, 10-17).

Unfortunately, the editorial failed to tell the whole story about the proposed University Place police tax increase. For example, it never addresses whether or not increased police services are warranted. Numbers supplied by the city police argue against the need for additional officers since crime has actually been decreasing in the city since 2005 (1,372 crimes in 2005 compared to 882 crimes in 2013).

The article did note that the city police department’s “mission is to respond to every call, even ones many other departments don’t bother with.” Responding to a barking

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UPLACE: Voters shouldn’t pass misleading tax

Re: “Police force staffing tied to vote on utility taxes” (TNT, 10-13).

This is just another reason to justify my no vote on almost all funding issues. Hidden taxes are disingenuous, tacky and should be against the law.

Elected officials should be straightforward, honest and open. One should not have to sift through all sorts of regulations and laws to find “hidden” fees that are unrelated to the original funding intent, such as sewer fees to build a golf course, utility taxes to fund police, etc.

There are laws against deceptive advertising, I believe. Do they not wonder why the polls

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CHAMBERS BAY: Proposal doesn’t support original plan

Re: “Developer unveils drawings for Chambers Bay resort” (TNT, 9-24).

This proposal does not agree with the original plan presented to the community regarding development of Chambers Bay. The presented plan envisioned buildings that blended into or rose out of the environment naturally. The restaurant, lodging and pro-shop were located over the brow of the hill, allowing all to enjoy the fantastic view.

A commitment was also made at that time to the citizens that the land would remain our property with good public access. This commitment supports the predominant feature of our area – a place to gather,

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UPLACE: US Open trip wastes taxpayer money

Re: “Officials take last, costly chance to see US Open” (TNT, 6-8).

I am appalled that the City of University Place has sent seven public officials to North Carolina to learn, firsthand, what the US Open looks like up close and personal. I guess these politicians believe the University Place citizenry is naive.

It cost just under $20,000 to the City of University Place so our elected officials can schmooze with their buddies while socializing at the Pinehurst Resort. It’s not like University Place is incredibly solvent due to the 10-year fiasco known as the Town Center and the

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UPLACE: Grassi’s comment self-serving

Re: “New Grassi’s sets sights on April opening dates” (TNT, 3-26).

I find Ken Grassi’s comment that “the community is starving,” in reference to the lack of restaurants in University Place, to be rather self-serving. He was one of the City Council members who threw out Mama Stortini’s to make room for the disaster now known as the Town Center.