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Dan Hasty on t-town,sin city non-governance

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Charter Amendments now, as if that would do a thing to address what is fundamentally wrong with governance in Tacoma.  Please spare me.

The solution is to stop electing Council members who are beholding to an insider led cabal.  We need elected representatives who say to the City Manager you are going to start listening to and responding to the people who are paying your salary or you are fired.  No severance pay, no termination package - just pack up and leave and take your staff with you.

You as City Manager have polled the residents and they have told you what their priorities are and you will implement those priorities and we are here to make sure that you are paying attention to the people who are paying the bills.  Period.  We are not here to do your job for you and it is up to you to listen to the people who are paying the bills around here. 

You will continue to poll residents and in that poll the residents will be given the opportunity to grade your performance based upon how well you have done in implementing their priorities.  It will not be a popularity contest and it will not grade you on a damnable thing except your ability to listen to residents.

We residents are polled and polled and polled again in an effort to validate the direction your Administration wants to go and without fail each and every time the polling is done the outcome is the same.  Residents want the focus to be on providing basic services and they want our existing infrastructure restored, preserved and maintained before you do spend a dime on any other project or program and that includes using existing revenue streams to leverage private, State and Federal grant monies to fund grandiose schemes that never live up to the prognostications your band of insiders lay out as validation for stripping the budgets of basic services (such as weekly garbage collection) and raiding the budgets of each and every city maintenance shop to fund.

Government in Tacoma is well funded, government in Tacoma has the latitude to respond to residents if government were in a mood to respond to residents instead of their friends (i.e. campaign contributors), family and longtime business associates. 

I read that The City of Tacoma has "found" funding for this, that and the other thing that is so low on resident's list of priorities each time they are polled that they shrink to insignificant on resident's prioritized list.  This money was not "found," it was not lost to begin with, it was in the budget for basic services and maintenance and preservation.  That is akin to saying some jackass whose priorities are beer, pot, cigarettes and gambling "found" the money to go out on Friday night.  He/she didn't "find" anything, he made beer, pot, cigarettes and gambling his priority because that is what matters first to him.  He took the money from the family budget and made his family obligations subsidiary to his desire to spend time with his first loves. 

And your management style is no different Tacoma City Mangler Teaser Cornelius Broadnax!


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