Tacoma Urbanist

Apr. 26, 2011 at 12:15am

City Council Candidate Anders Ibsen Answers Tough Urban Questions From the Tacoma Sun

From the Tacoma Sun:




Below are the questions and responses sent to Anders Ibsen, candidate for Tacoma City Council District #1. This district is current represented by  councilmember Spiro Manthou who is retiring from the council.  Thus, this is an open position.

The questions being asked to Tacoma City Council candidates this year from the Tacoma Sun are very specific and address such issues as the Winthrop Hotel, Parking Requirements, Tacoma Streetcars, and Felon Dumping Ground Issue


Q I: What education and experience do you have to qualify to be a member of the Tacoma City Council? What books have you read that you believe that would give you insights as to how to be an effective council member?

Answer: I am a lifelong Tacoman with a direct stake in my neighborhoods success. Through my work on the North End Neighborhood Council, Pierce Conservation District, and my service as a Safe Streets neighborhood watch organizer, I developed an intimate awareness of my districts needs, and forged strong connections with civic leaders, business organizations and law enforcement officials. I look forward to bringing that same level of energy and civic dedication to City Hall as District 1′s elected representative.


Let's see how candidates do this year.

comments [19]  |  posted under Tacoma


by Erik on 4/26/2011 @ 12:20am
Anders Ibsen web site:


by fredo on 4/26/2011 @ 8:11am
Question for Anders:

In light of the recent Amber Alert coverup and the lawsuit filed against the city, is it time for the City Council to fire the City Manager, the Chief of Police, and other associated city employees?

Yes or no?

by Anders on 4/26/2011 @ 12:32pm
Eric Anderson has betrayed the public trust for far too long. Between his lack of judgement on accepting a $70,000 pay raise during an economic recession, to unilaterally letting the Luzon building collapse, to covering up an act of deception in the police force, Anderson has shown that he has no regard for the truth or common good.

Terminating him - without any "golden parachute" severance package - doesn't go far enough. We need to ensure that bureaucrats can never again amass that kind of uncontested, uncontrollable power.

I believe our recent history with unaccountable city managers like Anderson and Corpuz should prove to anyone that the council-manager system is just as political as the administration of any elected mayor. The difference is, the people can fire a bad mayor. Nine part-time politicians with staggered terms, who are fed selective information from city staff who work for the city manager, are in no position to hold him accountable. That's what makes it a bad system.

A mayor-council system is not a silver bullet. But it is a start.

by Jesse on 4/26/2011 @ 12:47pm
Terminating anyone would require knowing all about the back stories with the Luzon, Zina, or any other city issue. I guarantee we don't know everything, but rather, we know what the media tells us.

If it were me, I would only make hard-line stands on things I know for sure are inexcusable under any possible back story or derived excuse. The Zina thing is a pretty sure thing that there's no excuse for the awful behavior. I can't even dream up an excuse for it.

The Luzon? That's another story.

by NineInchNachos on 4/26/2011 @ 1:00pm
got some swell pics of the Davita Parking lot. Did you know there are 2 or 3 parking lots already in the immediate vicinity? Don't know what they're complaining about not having any parking. Parking meters round there were even mummified in plastic!

So i'm taking pics and the flag girl came over asked me what i'm taking pictures of. I said i've never seen a $700,000 dollar parking lot before.

700? she blinked

Yes. She turned around and looked at the hole being filled with new wonder.

by NineInchNachos on 4/26/2011 @ 1:00pm
the parking lot isn't even that big!!!!

by fredo on 4/26/2011 @ 1:01pm
I've fired people from my business for stealing one time. If you wait until you know every single thing they ever did wrong you would never be able to act decisively. Top administrators who instinctively lie are corrosive to the operation of our city. Better to start fresh.

by Jesse on 4/26/2011 @ 1:05pm
You knew the whole story. There is no excuse or acceptable reason for stealing.

by NineInchNachos on 4/26/2011 @ 1:10pm
however, stealing kisses from your life partner is OK

by ixia on 4/26/2011 @ 1:14pm
Anderson tried shady dealings with the waterfront park, too. He instructed the Foss Waterway Authority to remove a covenant from a piece of property that had been set aside for green space in perpetuity. And yes, you guessed it; he wanted a parking lot on that property (and a museum). All behind the council's back and with lack of authority to do so.

by Jesse on 4/26/2011 @ 1:18pm
What we're told: RR has been caught stealing!
The back-story: He stole kisses from his sweetie.

What we're told: Eric Anderson builds parking garage for McMenamins free of charge!
The back-story: If the parking garage portion of the project is completed by the city, it makes the project fees-able thus making it so. It will cost the city $8 million but pump back $13 million into the city coffers over the next ten years alone. (Fake numbers but I think a good example of what I'm trying to portray)

I think you have to look at stories when they come out and ask yourself if there's any possible way there's an excuse for the actions. If not, go ahead and make a judgement. Just my opinion. Basically, is the action possibly excusable or not?

by NineInchNachos on 4/26/2011 @ 1:21pm
burgle something!

by fredo on 4/26/2011 @ 1:29pm
There's no doubt Anderson, Ramsdell, and Fulghum have done some good things for the city. Jim Jones was a pretty nice guy and tried to do a lot of good. Ted Bundy did volunteer work, and Charles Manson liked to write poetry and music.

by Jesse on 4/26/2011 @ 1:51pm
I'm sorry you can't think outside of absolutes.

by fredo on 4/26/2011 @ 1:58pm
The council doesn't need to consider the "back story" of the Luzon or the McMennimins parking garage or the Foss waterway redevelopment.

The city manager serves at the pleasure of the city council. They can fire him for good reason, or they can fire him for no reason. If it's on tonights agenda they can take an up or down vote on Anderson's employment even without any discussion. Ramsdell and Fulghum can be dismissed just as easily. There is one absolute which cannot be restored. That's the integrity of people in administrative positions who have publically admitted to lying.

by NineInchNachos on 4/26/2011 @ 4:50pm

now that's service!

by L.S.Erhardt on 4/26/2011 @ 9:53pm
Solution: get an initiative on the ballot to make Tacoma no longer run by a city manager. It's not like We don't have a voice or any power.

by NineInchNachos on 4/26/2011 @ 10:12pm
Strickland is a tool! What difference will it make? Oh yeah! We can vote strong mayors out! Not so with City Managers.

by NineInchNachos on 4/27/2011 @ 1:53pm
Thanks Anders!