Tacoma Urbanist

Nov. 2, 2009 at 7:50am

Recruit Planning Commissioner David Boe For Appointment To Tacoma City Council



Tacoma Architect David Boe


Background of Appointment Issue



After this year's City of Tacoma election, there is the potential of two vacant Tacoma City Council positions. When the results of the election are known and the votes counted, the Tacoma City Council will begin the process of considering who to appoint to fill the missing seats (if any).


The Tacoma City Council should fill one of council positions with David Boe who is eminently qualified for the position and has the education and training direly needed on the council as he is:


1) Vice Chair of the Tacoma Planning Commission

2) Has worked extensively on designing the mixed use center revisions for the city. Few, if any Tacomans, understand the urban design problems/challenges Tacoma faces better and antiquated regulations which need to be revised to create a better city.

3) Small business owner in Tacoma (of which Campbell will be the only other business owner if he is elected)

4) Long time community member

5) He has plans and visions for the city as described in his Imagine Tacoma series with Exit 133.


There are a good many qualifications for Tacoma City Council members.  However, most of the traits will be covered by the new council.


Rebuilding Tacoma in an attractive, pedestrian and environmentally friendly manner, and renovating historical buildings should be a priority of the new council.  Retaining and recruiting businesses to the city should also be a priority.


Is there someone else other than Boe who should be considered for appointment?

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Comments

by NineInchNachos on 11/2/2009 @ 8:14am
Tacoma needs mo' Boe!

Crenshaw and Altered Cords
would be my alternates.

by morgan on 11/2/2009 @ 9:18am
Boe gets my vote! That would be awesome to have TWO architects and business owners sitting on the council.

by Erik on 11/2/2009 @ 9:40am
David Boe for City Council!!!

Here he is showing civic valor in "Take Back the Park" event pre Frost Park Chalk Off



Boe's proposed re-design of Tollefson Plaza:



farm4.static.flickr.com/3156/2361765181_...

How many candidates, who could be appointed, are capable of fixing the urban design disaster known as Tollefson Plaza?

by fredo on 11/2/2009 @ 9:42am
How about KF?

by Erik on 11/2/2009 @ 9:50am
How about KF?

Yeah. Kevin Freitas could be appointed to the second open spot if there is one.

by ixia on 11/2/2009 @ 10:22am
None of us will get to vote on this one. People who are interested in being appointed will have to fill out an application and hand it in. Then the city council will decide who�ll get the job. Likely the current council will have the privilege of selection. It�s anyone�s guess what they are looking for in a candidate. Connections to the good ol� circle won�t hurt.

by NineInchNachos on 11/2/2009 @ 10:34am
Mike Lonergan would appoint Joe Lonergan

by Erik on 11/2/2009 @ 11:25am
Mike Lonergan would appoint Joe Lonergan

Actually, I think Joe Lonergan would have to appoint Mike Lonergan.

However, Mike Lonergan has stated that he would not take the appointment.

Lonergan, whose son Joe Lonergan is challenging Beckie Summers Kirby for the open Position 5 seat, said one Lonergan on the council is enough.

I certainly dont think it would be appropriate to have my son and myself on the council, Lonergan said, speaking confidently about his progenys prospects come Election Day.


www.thenewstribune.com/topstories/story/...

by fredo on 11/2/2009 @ 11:30am
It would be nice if they would consider appointing people who can voice conservative or independent viewpoints. Entirely too many motions are approved unanimously. There's no point to having people on the council who are too timid to raise objections or vote in the minority.

by Marty on 11/2/2009 @ 11:33am
First and foremost the council needs to see who is elected, then determine strengths and weaknesses in areas of representation.

Compare all applicants with the needs of the council and decide accordingly.

That said, I have served with Mr. Boe on public service committees and found him to be very intelligent and thoughtful.

He would make a good council member.

by Mofo from the Hood on 11/2/2009 @ 11:34am
Unofficial Suggested Qualifications for City Councilmen (as in human)

Adept and willing to blur ideological distinctions

Preference for debating cultural trends over political issues

Agrees to the subordination of art, cultural trends, and revisionist Tacoma history to the political needs of the present.

Double "O" Disciple: Endorses Obama & Oprah as Leaders in Self-Congratulatory Popular Thought

by Erik on 11/2/2009 @ 11:34am
None of us will get to vote on this one. People who are interested in being appointed will have to fill out an application and hand it i

Yes Ixia. That is why the issue needs to be addressed soon so that the person with the most merit can be considered and appointed.

by fredo on 11/2/2009 @ 12:23pm
Why throw away our votes on Rojecki or Woodards?

Write in the name David Boe for position 6.

by boearc on 11/2/2009 @ 12:37pm
Thanks for the consideration; however, I believe I may be too much of a Marxist to be appointed to such an august group - as I would have great trepidation joining any organization that would accept me as a member.

by NineInchNachos on 11/2/2009 @ 1:02pm
Boe doesn't want to be a leader, but the people demand it. Some people have greatness thrust upon them.


by Erik on 11/2/2009 @ 1:08pm
Boe doesn't want to be a leader, but the people demand it. Some people have greatness thrust upon them.

Yes.

Also. notwithstanding his humorous comment, I believe that Boe certainly would consider such an appointment in the future depending on the circumstances.

by Nick on 11/2/2009 @ 4:07pm
Coun't me in for favoring Boe and KtotheF. I would absolutely LOVE to see their views represented on our council! Whaddya say guys? C'mon, give the people what the want! ;-)

by Erik on 11/2/2009 @ 5:11pm
With KF council, Tacoma could dominate the internets and get re-branded.


by narndt on 11/3/2009 @ 11:00am
Just in case we've got current council members lurking, I'm backing Boe!

by Keven Rojecki on 11/3/2009 @ 11:06am
@fredo - no confidence? I agree that new ideas and leadership is needed.

by Erik on 11/3/2009 @ 12:06pm
The fate of Tacoma hinges on today's election..

by fredo on 11/3/2009 @ 7:31pm
Keven-good luck in your race.

Yes, Tacoma needs new ideas and new leadership. What Tacoma also desperately needs is council members who are unaffiliated in any way with municipal labor unions. These union entanglements don't serve the taxpayers very well. Position #6 offered no such candidate.

by NineInchNachos on 11/3/2009 @ 7:54pm
Pay no attention to Fredo. He thinks 1033, and vigilante firefighters armed with power-washers is a good idea.

by Erik on 11/3/2009 @ 8:08pm
We will likely learn in a few minutes whether there will be an open position for David Boe to be appointed to.

by Erik on 11/3/2009 @ 9:47pm
It appears Julie Anderson will be elected to Pierce County Auditor. Congrats Julie.

Thus, her seat will now be vacant and the Tacoma City Council will have to appoint someone.

Voice your support for Tacoma Architect David Boe to be appointed to the City Council. He will no doubt save the council hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in consulting fees.

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/3/2009 @ 10:51pm
Heh... I love 1033 because it's the code for English in various programming languages. "Reject 1033" just sounds like "reject English". Brilliant!

We need an initiative 404 and a referendum 101010111001010001. Or maybe 0e2bc71.

by morgan on 11/4/2009 @ 11:29am
I have it from a good source that David is indeed interested in being appointed. Now the city needs an online application form.

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/4/2009 @ 4:48pm
Why don't We, Boe's adoring public begin mass-emailing and mass-mailing (the snail mail kind) City Council demanding they appoint Boe or we'll have a 15-man march outside City Hall.

by Keven Rojecki on 11/4/2009 @ 10:29pm
@fredo - Assumptions are not worth anyones time. Contact Esser and/or Pelz and see what they would say about my pragmatism, let alone my parents who are Republicans and in their past, union busters. Real leaders use experiences and knowledge to guide them to find solutions while not holding blind allegiance to affliations. Politics should never be about demonizing anothers view of the situation, but realizing they look at it differently. Politics has also become too partisan and its in all of our interest to bring a sense of civility, trust and confidence back to the people or everyone loses.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 11/4/2009 @ 11:35pm
Kevin Rojecki, I am intrigued by your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

by Erik on 11/5/2009 @ 12:16am
Why don't We, Boe's adoring public begin mass-emailing and mass-mailing (the snail mail kind) City Council demanding they appoint Boe or we'll have a 15-man march outside City Hall.

Good idea. Especially since we know the council will soon make at least one appointment soon.

No doubt others are maneuvering for the appointments in smoky back rooms somewhere.

by Erik on 11/5/2009 @ 3:48pm
Update

Pierce County Councilmember Tim Ferrell, Dan Voelpel and other Tacomans have joined the Facebook Group "Recruit David Boe for Appointment to Tacoma City Council."

Join this Facebook group to add to the momentum


www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Recruit...

by NineInchNachos on 11/5/2009 @ 4:12pm
best of boe

www.flickr.com/search/groups/?q=boe&w=83...

by Erik on 11/5/2009 @ 4:18pm
Thanks RR!


by Nick on 11/5/2009 @ 4:59pm
Hmm, I should be at next week's council meeting liveblogging again. If a council appointment is on the agenda, I'll bring their attention to this during the public comment.

I'd probably just point it out, but if anyone thinks of some persuasive arguments to bring up, I'd be glad to mention them too.

(and Morgan, if you're sincere I'll voice my support for you as well)

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/5/2009 @ 5:07pm
I'm serious... we need to flood city council with email and paper mail.

AND AND AND, we can commandeer some political signs! We can hold rallies outside 747 Market... it's easy! We just need to grab signs from just about any street corner, and paint them white and add some catchy slogan:

Before they Go,
the council must appoint
Morgan or Boe!

by Erik on 11/7/2009 @ 4:17pm
With Strickland and Anderson being elected to higher offices, there will now be two open spots on the council for appointment, a significant portion of the council.

Will they be filled by someone with the desire, skill, education and experience to rebuild the city or simply doled out to the politically well connected? We will see.

by Erik on 11/8/2009 @ 7:54pm
Appoint Boe to Tacoma City Council now has 49 members on Facebook.




The momentum is growing to have someone with the education and experience to help rebuild the city.

Invite your "friends" to join!

www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Recruit...

Also, please post any pictures you have of David Boe on the Facebook page. Someone has already added one.

by morgan on 11/8/2009 @ 8:42pm
Nick: Thanks! I am very sincere! I'm planning to run in the next council race, in 2011. Applying for an appointment would be a good way to start some momentum.

by Erik on 11/8/2009 @ 10:34pm
Let's not forget David Boe's imagine Tacoma series!



www.exit133.com/features/?c=Imagine_Taco...

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/8/2009 @ 10:44pm
Dude, Morgan... you officially apply and I'll gladly email and paper mail city council 86,000 times for you.

by Erik on 11/8/2009 @ 11:23pm
Dude, Morgan... you officially apply and I'll gladly email and paper mail city council 86,000 times for you.

Imagine Tacoma via David Boe plus Tacoma Streetcars via Morgan Alexander = real progress for Tacoma!

by L.S.Erhardt on 11/8/2009 @ 11:40pm
That is so awesome that it would cause many pants to be shat.

by Nick on 11/9/2009 @ 9:11am
So if I were to voice my support at the next meeting (assuming it's on the agenda), I'm thinking some good bullet points for Morgan and David are in order. Any input on what those might be?

by Nick on 11/9/2009 @ 9:20am
"Dude, Morgan... you officially apply and I'll gladly email and paper mail city council 86,000 times for you."

Ditto!

by fredo on 11/9/2009 @ 9:40am
It would be nice if all applicants for the open council seats would declare that they will serve out the entire 2 years and not make a premature departure to run for another office.

by Erik on 11/10/2009 @ 12:38am
Today, David Boe and Morgan Alexander are mentioned as someone being consider for appointment in the Tribune:

Several names of would-be appointees already have emerged. Current council members Rick Talbert and Connie Ladenburg both now finishing their second terms, with two years of council eligibility remaining have expressed interest. Other names bandied include architect David Boe, commercial real estate agent Morgan Alexander and recent City Council candidates Keven Rojecki and Beckie Summers Kirby, among others.

www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/...

by dltooley on 11/10/2009 @ 6:10am
Merritt is interested.

by NSHDscott on 11/10/2009 @ 11:02am
Isn't Merritt the obvious choice for one of the seats, given how mayor is basically a glorified city council position, and he got 48% of the votes?

As for the other seat, I'd be pretty excited about either Boe or Morgan. In my limited knowledge of them, I tend to think of Boe as a real visionary, with interesting (but maybe unrealistic) ideas about how to improve all aspects of Tacoma. Morgan has an excellent grasp of the streetcar topic, and I'd love to have him pushing streetcars in the council.

Given that Merritt and Boe are both architects, I wonder if that would make it near-impossible to have both on the council. I'd prefer Merritt, if only because he wants it more. As for the other seat, I guess I slightly prefer Morgan because I really want to see progress made on those streetcars. It's imperative that we find the matching funds to the $80M included in Sound Transit 2 it's like getting twice the bang for our buck if we can get $160M in Link extension or streetcars for $80M. (Yeah, I know that the whole $160M is our buck, but Sound Transit will be taking $80M from us for projects probably outside Tacoma unless we find that other $80M to match.)

by ixia on 11/10/2009 @ 6:48pm
Merritt will apply for an open seat. It would be awesome to have him part of the team. We desperately need vision.

by Erik on 11/10/2009 @ 6:56pm
Now 63 members of the group Recruit David Boe for Tacoma City Council.

www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Recruit...

Join today!

by Erik on 11/10/2009 @ 8:15pm
The Tacoma City Council now has a proposed schedule for filling the council vacancies:

Download schedule from Exit 133:

www.exit133.com/file_download/83/2009-20...
2009 Council Vacancy Timeline

It looks as if December 9th will be the deadline for applying to the position:

(At Large #7)
DATE GUIDING DOCUMENT ACTION DATES FROM
2001 EXAMPLE

November 3, 2009 General Election
November 24, 2009 (21 days after the General Election per RCW 29A.60.190) Election results certified by Pierce County Auditor
November 24, 2009 Council makes a motion to direct the City Manager have staff initiate the process to accept applications for the vacancy January 2
November 25-29, 2009 Advertise for position applications (Suggestions: Website, TDI, TMB, News Tribune, Neighborhood Councils, Business Districts, Chamber, Special Press) January 3
December 9, 2009 Applications deadline January 19
December 10, 2009 Forward applications to Mayor and Council January 19
December 15, 2009 Mayor announces a special meeting will be held to interview candidates January 30
December 15, 2009 Council adopts resolution to set a special meeting to conduct interviews February 6
December 15, 2009 Council submits names of preferred candidates January 30
December 16, 2009 Notify selected applicants they have been chosen for an interview February 2
December 16, 2009 Notify applicants of special meeting February 6
December 17, 2009 Interviews conducted at special meeting February 8
December 17, 2009 Motion to appoint individuals to fill vacant positions February 13
December 18, 2009 Notify applicants who were not selected February 16
January 5, 2010 Swear in new At Large #8 (Marilyns position) February 20
January 5, 2010 Swear in new At Large #7 (Julies position)
January 23, 2010 (60 days after the vacancy occurs, per Charter Section 2.7) If a majority of the Council fails to make an appointment to fill a vacancy by this date, the Mayor shall make the appointment, subject to the confirmation of the remaining members of the Council

Councilmanic Vacancies

Section 2.7 Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of councilman, the Council shall fill such vacancy by appointment by a majority vote of its remaining members until the commencement of the term of office of municipal officials succeeding the next general municipal election occurring after the date of such appointment, and if any unexpired term remains, it shall be filled by election; provided if such vacancy occurs when there remains less than five (5) full days for filing as a candidate at the primary election for such unexpired term, then the Council shall appoint a qualified person to fill the full unexpired term; provided, however, that in the event a majority of the Council fails to make an appointment to fill a vacancy on the Council within a period of sixty (60) days from the date the vacancy occurs, then the Mayor shall make the appointment, subject to the confirmation of the remaining members of the Council. (Amendments approved by vote of the people September 18, 1973 and September 16, 1980).




2010 Council Vacancy Timeline
(At Large #8)

DATE GUIDING DOCUMENT ACTION DATES FROM
2001 EXAMPLE

November 3, 2009 General Election
November 24, 2009 (21 days after the General Election per RCW 29A.60.190) Election results certified by Pierce County Auditor
January 1, 2010 Vacancy begins
January 5, 2010 Council makes a motion to direct the City Manager have staff initiate the process to accept applications for the vacancy January 2
January 6-10, 2010 Advertise for position applications (Suggestions: Website, TDI, TMB, News Tribune, Neighborhood Councils, Business Districts, Chamber, Special Press) January 3
January 20, 2010 Applications deadline January 19
January 21, 2010 Forward applications to Mayor and Council January 19
January 26, 2010 Mayor announces a special meeting will be held to interview candidates January 30
January 26, 2010 Council adopts resolution to set a special meeting to conduct interviews February 6
January 26, 2010 Council submits names of preferred candidates January 30
January 27, 2010 Notify selected applicants they have been chosen for an interview February 2
January 27, 2010 Notify applicants of special meeting (if applicable) February 6
February 2, 2010 Interviews conducted at regular/special meeting February 8
February 9, 2010 Motion to appoint individuals to fill vacant positions February 13
February 10, 2010 Notify applicants who were not selected February 16
February 17, 2010* Swear in new At Large #8 (Marilyns position) February 20
March 3, 2010 (60 days after the vacancy occurs, per Charter Section 2.7) If a majority of the Council fails to make an appointment to fill a vacancy by this date, the Mayor shall make the appointment, subject to the confirmation of the remaining members of the Council

Councilmanic Vacancies

Section 2.7 Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of councilman, the Council shall fill such vacancy by appointment by a majority vote of its remaining members until the commencement of the term of office of municipal officials succeeding the next general municipal election occurring after the date of such appointment, and if any unexpired term remains, it shall be filled by election; provided if such vacancy occurs when there remains less than five (5) full days for filing as a candidate at the primary election for such unexpired term, then the Council shall appoint a qualified person to fill the full unexpired term; provided, however, that in the event a majority of the Council fails to make an appointment to fill a vacancy on the Council within a period of sixty (60) days from the date the vacancy occurs, then the Mayor shall make the appointment, subject to the confirmation of the remaining members of the Council. (Amendments approved by vote of the people September 18, 1973 and September 16, 1980).

by Erik on 11/19/2009 @ 9:56pm
Update:

Applications for appointment to Tacoma City Council are now available on the City of Tacoma website.

cms.cityoftacoma.org/cityclerk/Files/Cle...

May process to select our next two city council members begin!

by Erik on 11/23/2009 @ 9:44am
Update:

Recruit David Boe for Tacoma City Council now has 78 fans:

www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Recruit...

Contact your city council member to let your choice be known here:

www.cityoftacoma.org/Page.aspx?nid=54

by Erik on 11/24/2009 @ 7:10am
Update: Ladenburg withdraws from the appointment process

In an email sent late Sunday to her fellow council members and The News Tribune, Tacoma City Councilwoman Connie Ladenburg withdrew her name from consideration for appointment to two soon-to-be vacant council seats.

blog.thenewstribune.com/politics/2009/11...

Ladenburg's decision increases the chances that a new person will be appointed to city council.

by Erik on 11/26/2009 @ 11:01am
Thanksgiving Update:

David Boe wins an award for Imagine Tacoma on Exit 133:

And in the Un-built Category, a Merit Award went to Tacoma's David Boe for his blog column "Imagine Tacoma" found on Exit133. Its purpose is to encourage open discussion and dialogue regarding urban design in downtown Tacoma.

www.businessexaminer.com/blog/aia-awards...

by Erik on 12/2/2009 @ 4:17pm
Update: Good news : 2010 Council will make council appointments


The Tacoma City Council has decided to allow the incoming council to make the appointments to fill two vacancies on the panel early next year. During a discussion among city council members on Tuesday, Mayor-elect Marilyn Strickland detailed a compromise that would allow sitting council members to start the appointment process, but will hand-off the final selection of candidates to the 2010 council.


blog.thenewstribune.com/politics/2009/12...

by Erik on 12/4/2009 @ 6:47pm
From Tim Ferrell: List of Tacoma City Council candidates seeking appointments:

1. Former Councilwoman Bil Moss
2. Don Fisher, Jr.
3. Harold McMillian
4. Landmarks Commissioner Mark McIntire
5. Frost Park Chalk Off Team Leader and Cartoonist R. R. Anderson
6. Photographer and Artist Chip Van Gilder
7. Hilltop Activist Darion Reese
8. Former SOTA Board Member C. Craig Carter
9. Former Tall Ships Director for Marine Operations Robert Bearden
10. Eastside Neighborhood Councilmember Edwina Magrum
11. Vice Chairman of Tacoma Planning Commission and Architect David Boe
12. Small Businesswoman Mary Alice Yakmoto
13. Former SOTA Principal Karen Smitherman
14. Robert "Jesse" Hill
15. Former Milton Councilmember and Pierce County Boundary Review Board Member Christine Giron
16. Former Associated Ministries Director Rev. David Alger
17. Consultant and Former Sons of Italy Tacoma Chapter President Antonio Rendina
18. Former Tacoma Planning Commissioner Christopher Thompson
19. Former Mayoral Candidate Jim Merritt
20. Commercial Real Estate Broker Kyle Prosser
21. Former Metro Parks Board Member Bernardo Tuma
22. Lakewood Fire District Finance Director and YWCA Board Member Koree R. Baker
23. Tacoma Rescue Mission Ex. Dir David Curry
24. City Councilmember Rick Talbert
25. Former Mayor Harold Moss
26. Park Board Member Tim Reid
27. Former 4th District Council Candidate Susanne Marten
28. Former Centro Latino Executive Director Julio Quan, Phd
29. Park Board Member Ryan Mello
30. Tacoma Film Festival Executive Director Philip Cowan
31. Lincoln West Safe Streets Member Donna Burwell
32. Joe Gilligan
33. Downtown Merchant Group Board Member and Business Advocate Patricia Lecy-Davis
34. Tacoma Historical Society Board Member James E. Hoard, PhD
35. Eastside Activist Lynette Scheidt
36. New Takhoman Publisher John Hathaway
37. Tacoma Streetcar Activist Morgan Alexander
38. Pierce Transit VP for Public Relations Louise Bray
39. Former County Council Candidate Ken Paulson
40. Retired Assistant Chief of Police Robert Sheehan
41. Former 5th District Candidate John Miles.

by NineInchNachos on 12/4/2009 @ 7:07pm
wow. I made it to the top 5.

by L.S.Erhardt on 12/4/2009 @ 8:18pm
Some interesting applicants, as well as a few people with surprisingly good credentials.

And of course, Jesse Hill.

by Erik on 12/5/2009 @ 12:45am
Yeah, an interesting bunch. The description of each person is pretty interesting.

Can't wait to hear the 3 minute speech that RR gives.

by fredo on 12/5/2009 @ 7:14am
I'd like to see an RR drawing of the 41 candidates in the style of the Sgt. Pepper's album cover.

by david on 12/5/2009 @ 8:18am
Many exciting names mixed in there! Of course, the most exciting one is David Boe.

I second Fredo's request for a 41 candidate cartoon! Sounds like a lot of research though... !

by jenyum on 12/5/2009 @ 8:25am
Hmmm. Well I was rooting for David Boe and Morgan Alexander but now that RR Anderson and Jesse Hill are in the mix...


Actually, I didn't realize Patricia Lecy-Davis was interested, too. Lots of good candidates in this list.

by Non Sequitur on 12/5/2009 @ 7:18pm
Anyone who has ever served on city council, as well as department heads should be ineligible.

Sadly, it is only from among them that the seats will be chosen.

by Erik on 12/16/2009 @ 12:10pm
Here are the three minute presentations of the applicants for the Tacoma City Council position. Listen to them all. They are in alphabetical order:

tacomanewsvolcanotribuneweeklyreporterin...

by Non Sequitur on 12/16/2009 @ 8:18pm
I am hallway between gasping for air from laughing and gasping for air from vomiting.

Damn Laughing Pig Flu.


Oh, and those videos are entertaining.

by NineInchNachos on 12/16/2009 @ 9:18pm
maybe it's time to see a doctor sir.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/16/2009 @ 10:14pm
Wanna squeeze her but I'm way too low
I would be runnin' but my feets too slow
Young man rhythm's got a hold of me too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu

by Erik on 12/30/2009 @ 1:23am
Update from the Tribune:

Here's the new timeline for the rest of the process for the appointment of the At‑Large Position No. 7 and At‑Large Position No. 8 City Council vacancies , as provided by the city today:

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Time: 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

Place: Tacoma Municipal Building North,
733 Market Street
Room 16

Council will hold a special meeting to discuss candidate qualifications in executive session*, to be followed by an open meeting to select candidates to interview.

Letters will be sent to all candidates regarding the results of the meeting.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Time: 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

Place: Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street
Council Chambers
Council will interview selected candidates during study session.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Place: Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street

Council Chambers (open session) Room 148 (executive session)
Council will hold a special meeting to discuss qualifications of the selected candidates in executive session*, to be followed by an open meeting to select appointees to serve on the City Council. Executive sessions are not open to the public.

Letters will be sent to the selected candidates regarding the results of the meeting.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Place: Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street
Council Chambers

Council will select appointees during the regular business meeting if appointments are not made at the special meeting on
January 14, 2010.

blog.thenewstribune.com/politics/2009/12...

by Erik on 12/30/2009 @ 1:23am
Update from the Tribune:

Here's the new timeline for the rest of the process for the appointment of the At‑Large Position No. 7 and At‑Large Position No. 8 City Council vacancies , as provided by the city today:

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Time: 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

Place: Tacoma Municipal Building North,
733 Market Street
Room 16

Council will hold a special meeting to discuss candidate qualifications in executive session*, to be followed by an open meeting to select candidates to interview.

Letters will be sent to all candidates regarding the results of the meeting.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Time: 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

Place: Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street
Council Chambers
Council will interview selected candidates during study session.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Place: Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street

Council Chambers (open session) Room 148 (executive session)
Council will hold a special meeting to discuss qualifications of the selected candidates in executive session*, to be followed by an open meeting to select appointees to serve on the City Council. Executive sessions are not open to the public.

Letters will be sent to the selected candidates regarding the results of the meeting.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Place: Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street
Council Chambers

Council will select appointees during the regular business meeting if appointments are not made at the special meeting on
January 14, 2010.

blog.thenewstribune.com/politics/2009/12...

by Erik on 12/30/2009 @ 1:23am
Update from the Tribune:

______________

Here's the new timeline for the rest of the process for the appointment of the At‑Large Position No. 7 and At Large Position No. 8 City Council vacancies , as provided by the city today:

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Time: 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

Place: Tacoma Municipal Building North,
733 Market Street
Room 16

Council will hold a special meeting to discuss candidate qualifications in executive session*, to be followed by an open meeting to select candidates to interview.

Letters will be sent to all candidates regarding the results of the meeting.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Time: 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

Place: Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street
Council Chambers
Council will interview selected candidates during study session.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Place: Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street

Council Chambers (open session) Room 148 (executive session)
Council will hold a special meeting to discuss qualifications of the selected candidates in executive session*, to be followed by an open meeting to select appointees to serve on the City Council. Executive sessions are not open to the public.

Letters will be sent to the selected candidates regarding the results of the meeting.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Place: Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market Street
Council Chambers

Council will select appointees during the regular business meeting if appointments are not made at the special meeting on
January 14, 2010.

blog.thenewstribune.com/politics/2009/12...

by NineInchNachos on 12/30/2009 @ 8:13am
Good luck my fellow seat seekers!

by fredo on 12/30/2009 @ 8:38am
"council will hold a special meeting (not open to the public) to discuss qualifications of the selected candidates"

Following the appointment the newly selected council members will be given instructions on what to say and how to vote at future council meetings.

Apparently this appointment process is in the city charter. Nevertheless, the result is that the voters get cheated out of the form of representative government that they deserve. The council seats should have been put up for a public vote at the next possible public election. In this case, it would be in conjunction with the school bond ballot in February. The council will not be selecting anyone in the appointment process who would tend to challenge the majority view. While this might serve the council goals it will not be serving the citizens. We have a moral right to 100% elected representation.

by NineInchNachos on 12/30/2009 @ 9:43am
what is going to happen!? so exciting!

by Erik on 12/30/2009 @ 11:09am
Appointed council members will complete the terms of the people they are replacing.

by fredo on 12/30/2009 @ 11:43am
A council made up of 7 elected and 2 appointed members is not as representative as a council made up of 9 elected members-Fredo

Either this statement is true or it's not true. If it's not true then maybe we should change the city charter to make all council seats by appointment. If it is true then we get an inferiorly representative government and we should change the city charter to require elections to fill vacant council seats.

by NineInchNachos on 12/30/2009 @ 12:00pm
mofo says you can't have truth without god. maybe all seats should be given over to the lord.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/30/2009 @ 12:17pm
It is too bad fredo didn't put in an application for one of the vacant seats. I can see him really shaking up the council. I guess it is too late to start a draft fredo movement. Personally I am fine with appointments. Normally all we get on the city council is people that are career politicians or want to be career politicians. On the rare occasion where there is an opportunity for an appointment I think we can have a little change to business as usual. A sitting member is only one vote but they do have a voice to be considered and it will be nice to see some different kinds of voices, even fredo would meet with my approval.

by fredo on 12/30/2009 @ 12:38pm
Crenshaw@ thanks for your support. You voiced the opinion that when the council has an opportunity for an appointment "we can have a little change to business as usual." This statement reflects a sort of Utopian, even Pollyannaish, view of how politics in Tacoma operates. Nobody who would change the city's "business as usual" regimen is going to get a second look. For this reason the most well-prepared candidate, Jim Merritt, will not make the cut. Similarly, RR sort of poked his finger in the council's eye the other night. If he is appointed I'm going to personally invite him and his family to join me for an all expenses paid dinner at the restaurant of his choice.

by The Jinxmedic on 12/30/2009 @ 12:48pm
Mofo is a Sikh? I didn't know that.

Sat shree akal, my friends.

by Mofo from the Hood on 12/30/2009 @ 1:24pm
Two things: I am not a Sikh and I am not an applicant for city council. Neither standing has anything to do with truth.

Although there is something appealing about becoming a celebrity in Tacoma and throwing around the phrase, "Yeah, I'm on the city council, baby; let me rock your world."

by NineInchNachos on 12/30/2009 @ 1:32pm
if appointed the first thing I will do is donate my body to science. right then, right there.

by NineInchNachos on 12/30/2009 @ 1:33pm
Mofo, you should consider being a Sikh. no cutting your hair and you get to carry an awesome Klingon dagger .

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 12/30/2009 @ 2:31pm
The Sepulvedas have always had their fingers up the pulse of local government. Clearly the council is stacked the way they want it stacked and regardless of who gets in the stacking will not change. It would be nice to see more of the public represented on the council even if their vote means nothing. 8-1 or 7-2 the results are still the same but at least the council should have something of a fight on their hands and not a rubber stamp. I'd welcome a Sikh on the city council and the dagger could be very useful.

by Erik on 1/1/2010 @ 4:32pm
I just received this today:

Happy New Year! Sorry to get this so late to you but I was out of the country until yesterday.

You are cordially invited to a reception on Tuesday, January 5th honoring the newly elected Tacoma City Council Members (me, too J) between 4 and 5 p.m. at the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street Room 148.

We would all be happy to have you stay for the swearing in ceremony beginning at 5 p.m.

by Erik on 1/13/2010 @ 12:36pm
Interesting development from the candidate interviews today as reported from the Tribune:

Interestingly, of the few finalists who actually did name names, they identified Mello and Boe as the best choices.

blog.thenewstribune.com/politics/2010/01...

Good to see such on consensus on the merits of the candidates.

Let us hope that this methodology of picking the candidates.


by fredo on 1/13/2010 @ 12:56pm
I watched most of the study session that was set aside for the finalist interviews. Dave Boe did an awesome job and in my mind gave the council good reasons to distinguish himself from the rest.

The seated council, on the other hand, did little to distinguish themselves. The questioning was sophomoric and could have been mistaken for a high school cheer squad interview.

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/13/2010 @ 5:24pm
Two, Four, Six, Eight!
Who do we appreciate?
Goooooooo Fredo!

by NineInchNachos on 1/13/2010 @ 6:03pm
I think Marty is a genius with the Jungian 'who would you choose as the other pick' question. Everyone asked picked either BOE or Ryan Mello

by Erik on 1/13/2010 @ 6:42pm
I think Marty is a genius with the Jungian 'who would you choose as the other pick' question. Everyone asked picked either BOE or Ryan Mello

Yep. Pretty good. At least they agree on something.

by Nick on 1/14/2010 @ 10:46am
W00T! Looks like he's snagged position no. 7!!!

by fredo on 1/14/2010 @ 10:51am
"everyone asked picked either Boe or Ryan Mello" NIN

The names were mentioned but I don't think all the applicants gave this response. If this gets repeated it has the potential to become a Tacoma Urban Myth.

by KevinFreitas on 1/14/2010 @ 11:22am
Congrats to Boe and Mello! Via CityofTacoma Twitter:

Members of the City Council appointed David Boe to At-Large position No. 7 and Ryan Mello to At-Large position No. 8.

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/14/2010 @ 11:29am
Does Donovan know about this?


I'm just mad about the Council
The Council's mad about me
I'm just mad about the Council
They're just mad about me

They call me Ryan Mello
(quite rightly)
They Call me Ryan Mello
(quite rightly)

I'm just mad about Strickland
Strickland's mad about me
I'm just mad about Strickland
She's just mad about me

They call me Ryan Mello
(quite rightly)
They Call me Ryan Mello
(quite rightly)

by NineInchNachos on 1/14/2010 @ 11:31am
I'm just happy talbert didn't get it.

by fredo on 1/14/2010 @ 11:54am
The good news: It looks like we're getting two excellent new council members.

The bad news: Because of the regrettable selection process which denied the citizens of Tacoma the opportunity to observe, the new candidates will join the elected members under a cloud. Business conducted by this council will always be tainted by decisions made in secrecy. I'm happy for Mello and Boe and sorry for them at the same time.

by morgan on 1/14/2010 @ 12:15pm
Congrats Boe & Mello. My choices!

by NineInchNachos on 1/14/2010 @ 12:21pm
fredo, who cares? the people I wanted were picked. HAPPY JOY!

by Erik on 1/14/2010 @ 12:21pm
A miracle!

Congratulations to David Boe and Ryan Mello, two of the most knowledgeable folks on good urban design in the city and bring more life into the city.

Thanks to the other applicants for participating and many thanks to Mayor Strickland and the other Tacoma city council members for making their decisions primarily on merit.

by NineInchNachos on 1/14/2010 @ 12:39pm
David Boe for Governor!

by L.S.Erhardt on 1/14/2010 @ 1:10pm
Hey, I'm actually pretty pleased we don't have Talbert or another Moss.

by Erik on 1/15/2010 @ 1:05am
Interesting, according to the Tribune, Boe took first place:

Boe�s selection to join the council won unanimous support, while Mello bested former Councilman Rick Talbert for the final appointment by three votes.

...

The council easily eliminated finalists Bob Sheehan, Philip Cowan, Patricia Lecy-Davis and Chris Thompson. Finalist Koree Baker, a Lakewood Fire District finance director and a virtual unknown to council members, narrowly missed the final cut by a 4-3 vote that required a recount.

Three other finalists, Boe, Mello and Talbert, all received unanimous nods to the final round.

Boe advanced first and unanimously, winning appointment to the Position 7 seat.

“He will ask the hard questions,” Councilman Jake Fey said. “He will not go with the flow. If he feels something isn’t right, he will express it.”

“David Boe for me was by far the best candidate,” Strickland said after the final vote. He was creative, pragmatic, politically savvy and would serve as a good ambassador for the city, she added.


Kudos to the Mayor and the rest of the council for their ability to select candidates.

www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/story/...

by morgan on 1/15/2010 @ 7:07am
I agree with Fey's and Strickland's assessment of Boe. He will stand up for Tacoma!

What I can't figure out is how a virtual unknown - without any platform - could get so far. Politics.

by NineInchNachos on 1/15/2010 @ 8:04am
Boe has a sense of humor too. That counts for something.

by fredo on 1/15/2010 @ 8:11am
Morgan and Nachos, Agreed!

When Boe provided his presentation he displayed a sort of self-deprecating humor and the ability to speak extemporaneously and passionately. The other candidates that I heard had speaches that sounded like prepared remarks.

by fredo on 1/15/2010 @ 9:09am
Here's another possible reason Boe made it to the top.

He enjoys huge popularity on the feedtacoma website and that probably translated into some votes. It was a demonstration of grassroots support. Thanks to Kevin Frietas for providing the wonderful public forum for us.

by Erik on 1/15/2010 @ 9:18pm
The Mayor on the appointments:

At-large No. 7 and At-Large No. 8 Council candidates appointed
Members of the City Council appointed David Boe to At-Large position No. 7 and Ryan Mello to At-Large position No. 8 at the special City Council meeting this morning.

�I look at this process as filling out a football team on draft day,� said Mayor Marilyn Strickland. �I believe out of the very qualified pool of applicants we have selected two that will round out the team.�

The two candidates were selected from 44 applicants.


www.cityoftacoma.org/Page.aspx?hid=13750

by Erik on 1/15/2010 @ 9:21pm
He enjoys huge popularity on the feedtacoma website and that probably translated into some votes. It was a demonstration of grassroots support. Thanks to Kevin Frietas for providing the wonderful public forum for us.

Yes, and Boe also did some great work on Exit 133.

Having Boe appointed was impressive as he was strong in merit and had little political connections. Also, he spoke often at the public comment period which does not usually lead to a future in politics.

by Erik on 1/15/2010 @ 9:32pm
Also, now that Boe is appointedm who could forget this classic in public comment history:





"GAZE into the dome upon my head-flesh! The reflection holds a fate... a fate beyond mortal imagination. Imagine Tacoma, a berm bisecting our city in two. Be hold a sad fate. A lonely fate. Heed my fleshy orb!!!!"


i.feedtacoma.com/NineInchNachos/tv-tacom...

by Erik on 1/19/2011 @ 11:22pm


Good News: Councilmember Boe agrees to run for a terms on Tacoma City Council!

Tacoma Councilman David Boe files forms with state PDC, first step toward running for full term

Posted By Peter Callaghan on January 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm

It's only the C-1, but it is the first official indication that David Boe - appointed a year ago to a Tacoma City Council vacancy - intends to run for the at-large position.

That wouldn't normally be news as folks who seek appointment to open seats generally are expected to run. But Boe made noises about not running, saying it took time away from his architecture business.

blog.thenewstribune.com/politics/2011/01...

by Erik on 1/19/2011 @ 11:24pm
Some of Boe's drawings in the Imagine Tacoma series:







More at:

www.exit133.com/5401/imagine-tacoma-clim...

by Erik on 1/19/2011 @ 11:27pm
Boe's efforts on saving Old City Hall:

City Councilman David Boe has been trying to sound the alarm about Old City Hall for over a year. An architect, he keeps his office kitty corner from the 117-year old Italian Renaissance tower. That has given him a daily impression of the condition inside.

Ripped canopies, boarded-up windows, birds living inside, which implies other things living inside, Boe said.
...

Along with Union Station and Stadium High School it is a structure that symbolizes Tacoma. Boe calls it a postcard building. Saving it after the 1965 earthquake inspired the historic preservation movement in Tacoma and led to a pioneering landmarks preservation ordinance. Will it now reinvigorate that movement and lead to a strengthened ordinance?

Boe sent an e-mail to City Manager Eric Anderson, asking if city intervention is necessary.

Unless we want another Luzon on our hands, I think some immediate dangerous building/code enforcement review is necessary as well as contacting the building ownership about the status of the building, Boe wrote.

www.thenewstribune.com/2010/11/29/144477...

by NineInchNachos on 1/20/2011 @ 7:49am
David Boe is going to have the best propaganda posters EVER! THIS WE DECREE !