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The movie track in city politics

Post by David Seago on Jan. 15, 2010 at 12:29 am |
January 15, 2010 8:15 am

Ryan Mello and David Boe wrecked – well, at least weakened – the theory that serving on the board of the Grand Cinema is the route to success in Tacoma politics.

I should have reported earlier, but last week I witnessed new Mayor Marilyn Strickland perform her first ceremonial ribbon-cutting duties in front of the screen in the Grand’s newly completed fourth theater.

Her newly elected councilmate, Marty Campbell, handed over the big shears loaned for the occasion by the Chamber of Commerce.  Before the mayor did the deed, Marty observed that she is a former member of the Grand’s board of directors and he is the current treasurer.  With a knowing nod at the audience, he suggested that council wannabes take note.

But Mello and Boe, who were appointed Thursday to fill vacant council seats, have never served on the Grand board.  I guess a Netflix subscription is good enough.

For the record, my wife, Anne, is no longer on the Grand board and she’s not running for anything. But we still love the place.  The seats in the new theater are great, and the other three will also get new seats soon.  Just occurred to me to mention that Phil Cowan, who’s done a terrific job as the Grand’s manager,  was one of the finalists for the council appointments. I think he would have been a fine councilman.

The flick that screened that night, by the way, was “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.” I give it three stars.

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