District 1 City Council Member Anders Ibsen Washes Out Of Military
1 Council Member Anders Ibsen issued the following statement:
"Public service has always
been very important for me and my family, and I appreciate the opportunity that
I had to train as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps reserves. Due to medical
reasons, I am unable to complete this program,” said Ibsen. “I am grateful for
the support that I have had from my constituents, colleagues, friends and
family along the way, and I thank Interim Council Member Joe Lopez for his
representation of District 1 during this time. I look forward to returning to
Tacoma to serve my community on Feb. 11."
Ibsen was quoted in The News
Tribune as saying, “The entire purpose of Marine Officer Candidates
School is to break you down, both mentally and physically,” he said. “People on
average get three hours of sleep a night and you don’t have enough to eat.
Unfortunately it just took its toll on me.”
The News Tribune further stated, “Ibsen
said in a text message Wednesday that medical staff determined he was not
physically qualified to continue training and was sent home.”
Comments on Ibsen’s failure
“Perhaps Ibsen should have taken his buddy Mello along; the separation anxiety
seems to have been too much for him to overcome. I am rather curious as to the
success rate of Evergreen grads in integrating into the military; it seems to
me as though the two cultures are totally incompatible. I haven't met an Evergreen
grad yet that wasn't a know it all. That attitude isn't going to end well in
This from “He has no balls”
“If Ibsen washes out from becoming an officer in the U.S.
Marine Corps Reserves what makes him think he has the leadership skills to
serve on the Tacoma City Council. He needs to be impeached.”
This from “toxicity of our city”
“So, how much time and money has all of Ibsen's non-qual BS cost the taxpayers?
Far too much, I'm sure!!!!”
In Seattle’s Eyes Tacoma Doesn’t Exist, Again
Tacoma Mayorette Marilyn Strickland was asked by PBS
NewsHour to respond to Tuesday night’s President Obama’s State of the Union
speech from their Seattle studios. And a fine job she did too. But now we have
wonder if PBS knows that Seattle is not Tacoma or if they just don’t have a picture
of Tacoma’s skyline. Burt and Ernie apologizes Madam Mayorette.
Tacoma had dealings with red light camera exec claiming widespread bribery
REDLIGHT SCANDAL: The city of Tacoma dealt with a
former red light camera employee who is now caught up in a bribery scandal.
By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog | January 29, 2014
Tacoma had a business partnership with a former
executive of a major red light camera company who claims a Chicago-based
bribe scandal he was involved in is widespread.
A 2006 proposal for red light cameras between Tacoma and Redflex Traffic
Systems, Inc., obtained by Northwest Watchdog
is signed by then vice president Aaron Rosenberg.
Rosenberg was fired and blamed for a bribery scandal exposed by the Chicago
Tribune in 2012 that included paying a $910 luxury hotel tab for a city
official who oversaw the company’s existing contract.
Rosenberg has filed a counterclaim against Redflex, arguing the bribery
scandal spreads to cities in 13 states, including Washington.
In the claim, he says the company gave out bribes and gifts to city officials.
He said he has also talked to federal authorities who are investigating
the private company. The claim doesn’t list specific cities or incidents and
Redflex has denied condoning such
“We take our commitment to serving the public very seriously and do not
condone unprofessional actions or instances of unethical behavior,”
Redflex Director of Communications Jody Ryan said in an email to Northwest
Watchdog in 2012.
It’s unclear from Rosenberg’s claim against the company which Washington
cities could be included in his allegation. Oregon, where several cities hold
contracts with Redflex, wasn’t listed.
Tacoma officials say the city’s process with Redflex didn’t leave any
room for possible inpropriety.
The city used a panel of department heads that would be impacted by the red
light cameras — police, traffic, public works — to consider three
companies in 2006 and signed a contract with Redflex in 2007.
“As far as I know Rosenberg wasn’t a part of the presentation process and
even if he were there’s not really an opportunity for them to go out separately
and be bribed,” said Loretta Cool, public information
officer for the Tacoma Police Department. “This is why we have
the RPF (request for proposals) process and why it’s set up the way it is.”
The final decision to go with Redflex was made by the city council.
“In the long run, that’s
what saves us from being involved in these types of scams or scandals,” Cool
The city just extended its contract with Redflex last month and has
been happy with the company, she added. The main reason Redflex was chosen
was because the company said in writing it wouldn’t cost the city any money to
have a red light camera program, Cool said.
“We are going forward. It was just renewed,” she said. ‘We haven’t had any
issues with them following through with what they promised in the
Cool also said the police department
hasn’t been contacted by any federal agents about Redflex.
Rosenberg claims the bribery scandal includes the following additional
states: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado,
Massachusetts, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Tennessee, Virginia and
According to the Chicago Tribune, Redflex also confirmed its investigating
wrongdoing in two other areas.