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Tag: Pacific

Dec.
14th

Cy Sun of Pacific: Not a talkative guy

Here’s the journalistic rule: If you’re going to write something that might reflect badly on someone, you call him. You get his side of the story.

I was going to write about the crazy doings in Pacific, all of which seem to revolve around Mayor Cy Sun’s management style. See today’s editorial.

So I called him Thursday to get his take on, among other things, the likelihood that the little city may actually cease to exist in a few more weeks if he doesn’t step down. I wanted to know his thoughts about the news coverage and all

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Dec.
13th

How one man is dismantling the City of Pacific

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

Elections have consequences, as the people of Pacific have learned to their sorrow.

Last fall, mayoral candidate Cy Sun made a stink about supposed corruption at City Hall. The political novice persuaded 464 citizens to cast write-in votes for him; he wound up winning with a 64-vote plurality in a three-way race.

Since then, Sun has single-handedly almost destroyed the small city. Literally.

The chaos he wrought upon the little municipality – including the firing of much of its staff and almost half of its Police Department – has so spooked its insurer that the company is about to drop Pacific’s liability coverage. The company reportedly has refused all requests for an extension as long as Sun is mayor.

The policy will expire as of the end of this month unless Sun leaves – and he is defying all requests that he do so. Without a renewal or extension of coverage, city workers – including police officers – would become personally exposed to lawsuits.

The City Council has little choice but to prepare to dissolve its own jurisdiction – either by letting Auburn annex Pacific or disincorporating outright. The annexation vote is scheduled for Monday.

One man destroys a city of 6,600 people in less than 12 months. This deserves a chapter in a civics textbook. We’ve never seen anything like it.

The defining moment of Sun’s administration happened July 19, when he tried to break into the locked city clerk’s office, allegedly to destroy city records.

He fired the officers who arrested him. He terminated the city clerk for good measure; she is now pressing a $2.2 million claim against the city. He fired or drove out other managers without hiring replacements.
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Aug.
27th

Pacific is anything but as citizens launch recall effort


David Messinger and Patty Lines are among those working to recall Pacific's mayor. (Janet Jensen/Staff photographer)

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

There’s no little irony in what’s going on in the town of Pacific, whose name is defined as “appeasing, conciliatory, of a peaceful nature, mild, tranquil, calm.”

These days, Pacific – a city of 6,600 that straddles the King-Pierce County line – is anything but pacific.

It all started in a Capraesque kind of way. Distressed by what he believed to be wasteful city spending, an ordinary guy launched a grass-roots effort to oust the mayor and win the seat for himself through write-in votes. Incredibly, it worked, and he took office in January.

Only Cy Sun wasn’t Jimmy Stewart. More like Dale Washam, if the mayor’s critics are to be believed. Read more »

Aug.
21st

Pierce County and cities should seek consistent fireworks laws


"Safe-and-sane" fireworks were on sale at a Thurston County stand in 2010. (Staff file photo)

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

Pierce County Councilman Dick Muri recently summed up what’s wrong with the county’s lax fireworks law:

“It’s not Independence Week that I know of,” he said, referring to the fact that residents of the unincorporated county can legally set off “safe and sane” fireworks for 11 hours daily during the eight days between June 28 and July 5. Muri is part of a County Council committee exploring whether to reduce the hours and days fireworks can be set off or to ban them outright.

If shooting off fireworks truly is an expression of patriotic fervor, celebrating July Fourth’s role in the nation’s history, why allow it more than a week before Independence Day? Or the day after?

“We could maybe at least keep the carnage down to one day,” Muri sensibly suggests.

That would be more in keeping with neighboring counties. Fireworks are limited to July 4 in unincorporated King County and to July 3 and 4 in Thurston.
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