Tacoma Urbanist

Nov. 16, 2009 at 12:03am

Support David Boe for Appointment to Tacoma City Council today!


The time is approaching when the Tacoma City Council will make two appointments to the Tacoma City Council.

They have the choice of either appointing someone who has the most merit (education, experience, and training to rebuild the city) or someone that is politically connected (though there are no doubt a few people who are politically connected with merit.)

David Boe's Qualifications

Tacoma's biggest challenge right now is to economically develop, create jobs, and to  physically rebuild and renovate. Although important, the other skill sets needed to run a city are well covered on the Tacoma City Council with most of its members coming from the public sector.

Boe has the following qualifications:

1) Licensed Architect in the City of Tacoma

2) Small business owner of Boe Architecture in downtown Tacoma

3) Current Vice-chair of the Tacoma Planning Commission

4) Member of Puget Sound Revels

5) A portfolio of beneficial projects built in Tacoma

It would be of incredible benefit for the Tacoma City Council to have at least one member that understood the City Building Code of Tacoma well enough so that the visions and goals of the council can be implemented.  Additionally, hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting fees could be save yearly by having an architect on the city council and can bridge the gap between the "visions" and goals of the City Council and what can actually be built.

Boe understands how Tacoma can be improved and the methodology of doing so rather than just being a booster for the city.

Action Steps to Support David Boe's Appointment to Tacoma City Council:

1. Join the Facebook group Recruit David Boe for Appointment to Tacoma City Council. The group already has 72 members in support of David Boe's appointment.

2. Email your current and future Tacoma City Council members and tell them you would prefer that the decision for the appointments to City Council be made on the merits of the candidates and that David Boe has the qualifications and should be one of the two appointments.

As to other applicants, Tacomans should ask for their education, training, and successes in rebuilding Tacoma. Where did they go to college? What is their degree in?

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by Erik on 11/16/2009 @ 1:26am
Looks like a number of people have thrown their hat into the ring for appointment including RR Anderson.

by KevinFreitas on 11/16/2009 @ 7:25am
Does this comprise the current known list of interested parties?

Alexander, Morgan
Anderson, RR
Boe, David
Merritt, Jim
Rojecki, Keven

I hope each has contacted the other City Council members as well as current Mayor Baarsma and Mayor Elect Strickland. Can't see us going wrong really with any of them.

by ixia on 11/16/2009 @ 7:56am
Does this mean Boe changed his mind and he is in the running now?

by dltooley on 11/16/2009 @ 8:11am
The TNT has mentioned Talbert and Ladenberg as options, completing the 2 year remainders within the balance of their ten year term.

On a related note, it looks like McCarthy will be appointing a new representative to the Sound Transit Board - hopefully the convention of this seat being from the Tacoma Council will continue.


by thriceallamerican on 11/16/2009 @ 8:56am
Add Chris Karnes (of "Tacoma Tomorrow" fame) to the "interested parties" list. (I believe he appears in FT as "Chris.Tacoma".)

by Erik on 11/16/2009 @ 10:26am
Does this mean Boe changed his mind and he is in the running now?

Yes. He was always open to be appointed to a council position and is a member of the Facebook group: Recruit David Boe for Appointment to Tacoma City Council and yes, he will apply to be appointed.


Can't see us going wrong really with any of them.

Me neither. However, I am hoping Tacoma can do better than just appointing someone who is non-objectionable.

by The Jinxmedic on 11/16/2009 @ 10:40am
Non-objectionable? That's why RR should be one of the two selected. Think of the council meetings! Mwuhahhahahaha!

by NineInchNachos on 11/16/2009 @ 5:28pm
Jake Fey said if Boe fills out an application he would get serious consideration. Where does one get these applications?

by Erik on 11/16/2009 @ 5:31pm
Thanks for the cutting edge update RR.

Looks like Boe is in the running to be appointed.

I think the City should have the applications out soon. Perhaps you might call them and if you find out where the applications are, let us know and post one on Feed Tacoma.

by fredo on 11/16/2009 @ 6:41pm
"Where does one get these applications?"

You can probably get a copy from Connie Ladenburg.

by NineInchNachos on 11/16/2009 @ 9:15pm
I head-butted my monitor when I read Ladenburg is seeking an appointment

by Erik on 11/18/2009 @ 1:06am
Update from the Tribune:

Council unsure how to fill seats

Tacoma: It will move forward and begin accepting applications today, but process is clear as mud

The Tacoma City Council will begin accepting applications today for a pair of soon-to-be vacated council seats.

Interested individuals have until 5 p.m. Dec. 4 to submit applications to the city, the council decided at Tuesday nights meeting. (A city spokesman said details should go up online today at www.cityoftacoma.org.)

Beyond that, an at-times-confusing discussion among council members over how to handle the imminent appointments drew little agreement Tuesday.


The first key issue appears to be whether the 2009 or 2010 council should make the appointments.

Who is right?

by Erik on 11/18/2009 @ 1:08am
Hmm. Can't seem to find the form yet on the city website.

Is the form in some sub-directory I am missing?

by jenyum on 11/18/2009 @ 9:31am
It's not up yet. (The City Council meeting was just last night, after all)

Here's the word from @Cityoftacoma via Twitter:

@tacomamama We are working to get that online now, and I anticipate we will send a news release and put link on www.cityoftacoma.org

by jenyum on 11/18/2009 @ 10:06am
Another Twitter Update from @cityoftacoma:

Those wishing to receive a mailed, hard copy application for 2 Tacoma City Council vacancies can call the City Clerk's Office at 591-5505

by Erik on 11/18/2009 @ 10:09am
Thanks jenyum!

Can't wait to see how RR fills out his form.


The underlines on the commentators is a great addition to Feed Tacoma!

by Erik on 11/18/2009 @ 4:43pm

Application forms to apply to be appointed to Tacoma City Council now available:

Applicants sought for vacant Council seats

The Tacoma City Council will accept applications until 5 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2009, to fill two upcoming vacancies on the City Council.

The application form will be posted online shortly. Those who want to receive a hard-copy application through the mail can call the City Clerk's Office at 591-5505.


Though only by snail mail at this time. One step at a time.

Hopefully, they will be available on the internets soon.

by Marty on 11/18/2009 @ 4:59pm
Or you could stop by and pick it up from the clerk's office and save the City a stamp. :)

by Erik on 11/18/2009 @ 5:14pm
The Facebook page supporting David Boe (and others) was just covered and linked to by the News Tribune:


by L.S.Erhardt on 11/18/2009 @ 9:59pm
too bad the council already plans to appoint more of their own.
I have a new motto for the city:
Tacoma: Quid Pro Quo

I give up on those clowns. It's just as bad as the circus in Olympia and the one in DC.

by Erik on 11/19/2009 @ 9:57pm

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


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

by Erik on 12/8/2009 @ 1:57am
Update 12/8/2009:

The candidates seeking appointment to Tacoma City Council are revealed:


Who will prevail?

by Erik on 1/6/2010 @ 3:12pm

Exit 133 is reporting that architect David Boe is one of the 8 finalists for appointment to Tacoma City Council:

The Tacoma City Council held an executive session today to discuss the qualifications of the 40+ applicants for the two open Council seats. The meeting ended at 12:07 pm and, after a 5 minute break, eight candidates were named as moving forward to the interview phase.

The eight candidates for the two seats are, in the order announced:

Thompson, Chris
Cowan, Philip
Sheehan, Robert
Mello, Ryan
Talbert, Rick
Baker, Koree R.
Lecy-Davis, Patricia
Boe, David


Congratulations to the potential appointees!