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Tacoma: Jeanie Peterson steps down from Hilltop Action Coalition

Post by Karen Miller / The News Tribune on July 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
July 30, 2012 1:50 pm

After 18 years, Jeanie Peterson has stepped down from the Hilltop Action Coalition.

Her resignation from the unpaid position as Director of Community Initiatives comes at a time when the Hilltop Action Coalition is changing its focus, Peterson said.

Peterson said she saw a shift toward focusing on the positive aspects of the Hilltop. She still feels there’s more to be done with the negatives, for example, sex offender housing. Peterson has been visible in the fight against a rumored group home for sex offenders on the 1600 block of Grant street.  As a member of the Stanley Group, a block of houses near Stanley Elementary, Peterson will continue to be involved in the fight against the house.

Peterson’s resignation came days after a letter was sent out to “Hilltop Stakeholders” by the Hilltop Action Coalition. The letter stated that signs, flyers and other informational material used by the Stanley block group were not sanctioned by the coalition if they have not been approved by the board of directors. No specific signs were referenced in the letter. The Hilltop Action Coalition declined to comment on this story.

“I’m more like a Rottweiler and some of the stuff they’re working on is more like a Golden Retriever,” she said. “There’s still enough Rottweiler things to do.”

Now that she is no longer with the coalition, Peterson hopes she’ll have more time to work on issues she’s finds important. When she was a public figure with the Hilltop Action Coalition, she had to limit her personal views, she said. Now, she represents “just Jeanie Peterson,” and she can focus on the issues she wants to focus on, she said. She will also continue to participate in the Central Neighborhood Council and Tidal Wave of Change.

Positive or negative, all work on the Hilltop benefits the neighborhoods, she said. But for Peterson, there’s work to be done with the negatives.

“When you’re a Rottweiler, you’re a Rottweiler,” Peterson said.

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