RR Anderson, DIY Cultural Arts Specialist

Jul. 15, 2008 at 7:29pm

TV Tacoma All-Stars: Selective Discrimination Edition

"Your Mental Illness Is Not My Problem" as they say

Author's Statement of Purpose: My goal is to get more people to be interested in the PUBLIC COMMENT + COMMUNITY FORUM on TV Tacoma. I want folks to recognize our civic speakers on the street and have compassion for the thundering engine driving them. "I will forge new connections to people orphaned by civilization." - RR Anderson

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Charles Kelly Creso

"We've got to stop these stupid tax breaks for the wealthy developers! Our city needs to collect taxes to keep things running! What is wrong with you people? Why are we giving it all away for free?"

RR Commentary: note absence of bolo tie; first instance of Hawaiian shirt.

Robert "The Traveller" Hill

city council turns a deaf ear
RR Commentary: So as soon as "The Traveller" was called up to the podium most of the council left the room. Those that stayed behind either swiveled their chairs away from the citizen speaker or 'acted busy' reading through reams of paper props.   This is the first time I've seen an a city council actively ignore one of it's citizens so openly.  Also it is noteworthy to add that TV TACOMA seemed to be experiencing technical difficulties as Mr. Hill was never video taped save for the long shot I've recorded (above).    Mr. Hill responded by asking: "Hello?  Hello?  Mr. Mayor... is this thing on?"    at which point the Mayor declared him out of order and asked the police to remove Mr. Hill.     From what I could tell from the long shot (above)  Mr. Hill was dressed pretty conservatively...  so why the cold shoulder?    Sure maybe he is a little crazy, but since when is mental illness a crime?  Last I heard he is still a citizen of Tacoma and citizens are permitted...  it's their god damned right... their duty... to speak at these horribly boring meetings.    Whatever grandma

Crybaby "Gimmie Tax Breaks" Mall Housing Developer

"Hey...  I'm not a wealthy developer.  I'm struggling.  I cant afford to buy jet skis for my children this year.  We have to all share the single ski-do I bought for my wife back in 2001.  I mean, I can always take my business elsewhere... hmm Federal Way is not to bad eh?  Now there is a city willing to take one for the team... just sayin' heh eh"

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Just Some Guy

Jake Fey, Lover of Tax Breaks

"Just to crunch some numbers in my head, the taxes that we'd be collecting from this project add up to about $200. So I don't see what the big deal is."

RR Commentary: If it's not worth collecting the taxes then what is the big deal about just friggin paying the taxes they owe?

Connie Ladenburg, Champion

"If Ruston wants to use Tacoma Utilities, then they should be part of Tacoma. I'm not going to explain myself here, but you know how I feel about contracting out our utilities to other non-Tacoma cities"

RR Commentary:  hmm...  fircrest,  university place... can you think of any other places already contracting out their public utilities to the great city of Tacoma?

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comments [13]  |  posted under all-stars, city council, communtiy, humor, tacoma, tee vee, tv


by ensie on 7/15/2008 @ 8:49pm
I love how "just some guy" is like a rainbow pez dispenser.

by escaping slave on 7/15/2008 @ 9:07pm
"Two weeks ago, Hill removed his clothing at a City Council meeting and sat in the front row of the council chambers in only shorts or underpants and a T-shirt. He was sitting in a way that exposed him to at least one council member on the dais, City Manager Eric Anderson said."

"Last week, Hill used the public comment portion of the City Council meeting to deliver a speech laden with double-entendre and euphemisms that council members described as “obscene.”"

This guy's awesome. Why doesn't the council take advantage of the great performance they get with him? They could advertise it every week on TV Tacoma; maybe get some new advertisers. What about a secret word, and when he says it the council and city officials scream.

by ElectricElliot on 7/15/2008 @ 9:12pm
Imagine what would happen if the City Council took Robert Hill seriously.

by Erik on 7/15/2008 @ 9:15pm
Pierce County wants him off the ballot. The City of Tacoma wants him to behave. Yet Robert “The Traveller” Hill seemed unfazed Tuesday, if not oblivious, to the fact if he keeps doing what he’s been doing, he might go to jail.

After he was kicked out of a City Council meeting Tuesday night, police warned him that he could be arrested if he disturbs another meeting. On Friday, the county filed paperwork asking a judge to remove his name from the November ballot after a recent forgery conviction rendered him ineligible to be sheriff.

Prosecutors have said his actions, which include bringing fake guns to public meetings, causes them to have “very serious concerns for public safety.”


by NineInchNachos on 7/15/2008 @ 9:40pm
"Last week, Hill used the public comment portion of the City Council meeting to deliver a speech laden with double-entendre and euphemisms that council members described as “obscene.”

City officials edited out Hill’s speech from the re-plays of the City Council meeting that air on TV Tacoma."

my friends, The CONSPIRACY is editing Mr. Hill out of our History. It is up to us, the concerned citizens of Tacoma to champion his absurdity... to preserve it. This is what I'm trying to do here in this space of feed tacoma. We must all try to prolong the magic. It is up to us now.

by marumaruyopparai on 7/16/2008 @ 8:43pm
What interests me most about the "Traveller" is the way he seems to be using the audacious behavior as something of a platform for REAL issues. I've heard him address gun education and drug laws in the interview posted on this blog. Okay, so he brought a fake gun (actually a harmless 'training gun') to a meeting, pretty aggressive, but maybe a symbolic gesture aimed at de-stigmatizing guns which are often scapegoated as a cause of violent crime? I don't think children ought to be carrying guns around school but I don't think gun education is a bad idea, show kids who aren't raised in rural areas that guns are a TOOL and means of self defense, not a weapon of aggression. I wonder how many tax dollars will be spent researching a way to expedite the expulsion of Hill from local politics because some prudish council member had to see Hill's penis:

"The city’s legal staff has reviewed 20 tapes where Hill participated in a City of Tacoma meeting, looking for a pattern of behavior, Pauli said, and expended a “significant amount” of legal research"

So the guy's probably more comfortable discussing real issues AND more comfortable with his body than you probably are with yours. Let the guy have his minutes.

by izenmania on 7/16/2008 @ 9:16pm
The man is quite capable of discussing fairly well thought out political views. Unfortunately no one takes him even remotely seriously because he spends a lot of time showing his nuttier side.

by NineInchNachos on 7/20/2008 @ 4:17pm
I liked his comments. It was a funny commentary about phone-in council member attendance. I believe what got him in trouble is that the phone-in topic wasn't on the current meeting's agenda.

He should have waited till Community Forum at the first meeting of every month.

by fredo on 7/20/2008 @ 10:01pm
Robert Hill should be given the same opportunity to comment that other speakers are given. The council members should listen attentively and the cameras should keep rolling. The childish antics I've observed are council members walking out, ignoring the speaker, and interferring with the television broadcast.

by NineInchNachos on 7/21/2008 @ 10:11am
here here

also, we have some audio clips courtesy of tnt


by Nick on 7/21/2008 @ 12:41pm
Then again, everyone has a finite amount of patience. As entertaining as he might be, it could simply be that he's burned through the Council's patience already (I imagine they were more than willing to listen attentively the first few meetings he attended).

Remember, respect is a two-way street. If he doesn't exercise respect towards the Council and and meeting procedures, is it really reasonable to expect any respect in return?

I have yet to attend a meeting, so my thoughts are drawn purely from what I've observed in conversations here.

by marumaruyopparai on 7/22/2008 @ 11:39am
It's true that no one has infinite patience, but if nothing else that's the one thing council members' ought to have in SPADES. How else would one get through an entire one of these meetings. It takes patience to listen to so many different people's issues and complaints and then figure out how to respond to them. Sure Hill should try to be respectful, it's in his best interests, he's soliciting attention to issues he attempts to bring to the council's atention. But playing mental illness's advocate for a moment, if Hill's eccentricity does some of the communicating for him, and he has a hard time controlling that, is that an excuse for council members to just ignore him? Sounds like discrimination to me. He's still an adult with actual positions on real issues, even if he is crazy. Don't ignore him like he's a little kid, THAT is disrespectful. Treat him like an adult: "Mr. Hill, could you briefly explain to the council what the removal of your pants has to do with the point your trying to make. . . "

by marumaruyopparai on 7/22/2008 @ 11:46am
AHA!!! In one of the clips he admits exposing himself was wrong and explains the steps to prevent further mishaps- Two pairs of shorts!!! Communication works!


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