Last night Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland announced the Tacoma City Council will be taking applications to fill Councilman Anders Ibsen’s District 1 seat starting today and running thru the 12th and will hold three minute interviews on the 13th to decide on Ibsen’s temporary replacement.
Ibsen is taking a year or more leave of absence from the council to serve in the
United States Marine reserves.
As highly dysfunctional as the current council is
for once they did the right thing.
Ibsen wanted to appoint his own replacement. As Tevye the Dairyman from Fiddler on the Roof
would say, “Unheard of!”
To date three people have
already announced their interest in the position. Spiro Manthou who has already
served eight years on the council, Jim Bush whose wife Ronnie put out his
intentions to apply on Facebook last night and Ibsen’s 2011
opponent Karen Smitherman.
Manthou has the
experience he said. With me there will be no learning curve.
Tacoma citizen Leslie Ann
Rose wrote on Facebook, "I respect Spiro even though I didn't always agree with
him. He was a straight-shooter and what you saw was what you got. He wasn't
slick nor did he speak in sound bites. He would listen and consider other
points of view. He is more real than some."
Ronnie Bush says her
husband Jim is an honored vet, a business/tax law attorney who has
30 years of community involvement is also putting his application. “He is experienced
in business and can help find a way out of the financial pothole the city is in”,
As of this writing it is unknown if Ibsen’s hand
picked replacement Jordan Rash will apply. But this scribe says you can bet
your bottom dollar he will and there’s the rub.
While the Council of None has announced their intentions
of an open process if Rash is selected the criticism will be it was nothing
more than another typical Tacoma back alley cronyism play.
This is the way Rose put it on Facebook. Given
Rash's association with Forterra, Mello's former association with Forterra and
Strickland's seat on the Board of Forterra, they need to recluse themselves
from any discussion and/or decision regarding Rash's appointment.
At this point all we can ask is choose wisely
Council of None.
BREAKING NEWS fromTinkertopia: Announced
my resignation as hobo mayor of Tacoma, and nominated Joe Izenman's Dad as my replacement
to be approved by the hobo city council.
cameras, like these in Beaverton, have their critics,
writes The (Tacoma) News Tribune. However, they do increase
News Tribune ethics questioned
Dec 3 2013, The News Tribune senior staff published, as their own opinion, an
editorial beneath the headline Traffic Cameras Prove Their Value to Life and
Limb. While this may in fact be the opinion of The News Tribune senior
editorial staff, the piece that was published is for the most part a "fill
in your local info and send this to compliant media sources". A propaganda
piece that can be ultimately be traced back to the red light camera industry.
editorial published this piece and in the piece they cite nebulous studies as
validation for their strong opinion, but the fact of the matter is none of them
did any original investigation into this subject and if they have any
familiarity with any studies done it is only because they were hand picked by
the red light camera industry or proponents thereof and were part of a
"media packet" provided to them along with the basic text of what
they published without attribution to the source of the text.
This is a serious breach of journalistic ethics and has nothing to do what so
ever with what their views are, for or against, red light cameras. They are for
them, and they present their position as having come after doing research on
the subject and considering studies done. The reason I know this was not the
case is that yesterday was not the first time I have seen this
I am a licensed Civil Engineer in the State of Washington and six or seven years ago I attended a seminar on red light cameras that was hosted by the City of Bellevue and put on by RedFlex. RedFlex had available CDs that contained this as part of a "media packet" and their employees suggested that it be customized with local info and provided to the local media. – J. D. Hasty