Jan. 10, 2013 at 8:32am
Here's a letter I wrote to the Mayor and City Council on my recommendation for their upcoming appointment choice:
Mayor Strickland and City Council Members:
As an avid lover of Tacoma, creator behind FeedTacoma.com, 7+ year employee of local tech firm SiteCrafting, and still a tax-paying home owner please consider my recommendation of Monica Alexander to fill the District #2 city council seat.
I believe with her experience as a Washington State Trooper will bring a unique and needed perspective to Tacoma's city leadership. Her perspective on safety in the community can help her be a liason and ambassador between our local first responders and military members and citizens. Her experience as a communicator on TV news and elsewhere is also a great example to show she's willing to be an outspoken advocate for Tacoma.
Though other applicants may be tempting choices I believe Monica Alexander brings a unique/worthy experience and important balance to an already impressive City Council.
Since this is an appointment we don't get a vote but that doesn't mean we don't have a say. Email your Mayor and City Council and let them know what you think.
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by KevinFreitas on 1/10/2013 @ 8:38am
|I'd also add that having a Dist. 2 council member with an eye toward safety is a huge plus for downtown residents. I know when I lived downtown I heard too many hardships that came to downtown residents in the form of car break-ins, vandalism, etc. Just before I moved out someone tried to forcibly make their way into my apartment when I wasn't home.|
Safety is an integral part of a complete downtown. We already have some great local, business-minded leaders in the City Council so, in a time of first responder cut backs, it seems vital to have someone with safety and law enforcement experience on the council.
by NineInchNachos on 1/10/2013 @ 9:00am
|i'd say there is a crime wave happening right now in district 2.
by cisserosmiley on 1/10/2013 @ 10:10am
|I like trooper Alexander too. She has years of experience dealing with people, the media, & gov. We will see if the lure of legislative warm fuzzies will overcome the rational choice. This is why I love politics...|
by fredo on 1/10/2013 @ 10:52am
Bad choice. Another person with a background in the public sector. This constituency is well represented on the existing council.
by cisserosmiley on 1/10/2013 @ 11:40am
|Don't worry Fredo, smart money is on "a local business woman or person"|
by KevinFreitas on 1/10/2013 @ 3:21pm
|Who's your pick @Fredo and have you emailed the City Council and Mayor to make it known?|
I understand where you're coming from re: public vs. private sector. I'm all for private sector applicants but, in this case, I feel Ms. Alexander brings a really unique perspective with her years in law enforcement that are important at a time when first responder jobs are being cut. We'll need someone with some understanding of how to creatively still keep Tacoma a safe place to live and do business.
by NineInchNachos on 1/10/2013 @ 3:53pm
|was chatting with anonymous source today... he puts the top three as: 1 Philip @ Grand Cinema (super brain), 2 Rob Thoms (big money backers), Trish @ Multispace (knows everybody)|
by Chris.Tacoma on 1/11/2013 @ 12:50am
|Gah, do we know where any of these people stand on transportation? District 2 supports transit more than any other district in the City. It would be nice to have someone to support this constituency better.|
by NineInchNachos on 1/11/2013 @ 8:42am
|where are those tacoma sun interviews!|
Chris you should send the candidates Transit questions ASAP!
by cisserosmiley on 1/11/2013 @ 8:54am
|Higley's campaign helpers live behind me and they are disappointed he isn't getting more consideration.|
by tacoma_1 on 1/11/2013 @ 9:12am
|I'm not liking any of these candidates so far. Very little info on where anyone of them stand on the issues (except for the tea party guy, and his chances woulda been better if he kept quiet).|
by KevinFreitas on 1/11/2013 @ 11:32am
|This truly should be a more open process I agree @tacoma_1. Candidate bios/statements should be gathered as though they were on a ballot. Then, once the council interviews are conducted and broadcast on TV Tacoma, the public should have a period where they can provide input to the council before they make their decision.|
by fredo on 1/11/2013 @ 12:37pm
| "This truly should be a more open process " Kevin|
I suggest a new process. Every candidate for city council declares that he/she will, if elected, serve the ENTIRE FOUR YEAR term that they are running for. If you aren't going to serve four years, then don't run for office. People who dishonor this tacit agreement are really disenfranchising the voters in their own district. I'm getting sick of these carpetbagging candidates who start looking for their next elective seat just as soon as they win an election.This includes Jake Fey.
Also the replacement council members should be chosen by the voters in an election paid for by the departing council member. There's an election next month for a school levy and it wouldn't cost much more to includes the council race.
by cisserosmiley on 1/11/2013 @ 1:25pm
|The same people who voted for Jake Fey would be SUPER PISSED if Barack Obama quit next year.|
by tacoma_1 on 1/11/2013 @ 2:12pm
|Jake Fey quit his soon to be at term limit, part time city counci position, to become a full time legislator in Olympia. Get rid of term limits if u don't like revolving doors at city hall. |
by fredo on 1/11/2013 @ 2:17pm
| " Jake Fey quit his soon to be at term limit, part time city counci position"|
Jake ran for the city council seat which he KNEW was term limited and which he KNEW was part time. He never made any complaint during the campaign about these two restrictions on the office.
by Maria on 1/11/2013 @ 3:11pm
|I have to (kinda) agree with Fredo on this one. It sometimes feels like City Council is a springboard for other political offices. |
Candidates have a right to resign due to other opportunities. However, I don't think it's always the best thing for the city.
It was a lack of character for Sarah Palin to resign mid-term (after two years) also.
My son had a rule: you could play sports, but if you joined the team, you didn't get to quit for a job, recreation, disenchantment, etc. Unless there was something unhealthy going on, you sign up for the season. And part of character is sticking with things, even when there are better opportunities, or it's not necessarily the best for you personally. Because there are other people who depend on you when you're part of a basketball team, or city government.
Anyway, best wishes to everyone. I feel there are several good candidates here to replace Fey. Economic development, historic preservation and budget skills would be my top three qualities to assess in their competencies.
Although I have another home on the web I thought it might be nice to lead by example a bit and put this blog system up to the test myself.
So far, so good... Funny how I build web tools for other people that are far better than the one's I have setup over on KFnet.
Hey Clear Channel, Clean Up Your Crap!