Jun 30 2012

The City’s SPU Acquisition Shell Game

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Pay close attention because this pertains to a measure that will be on the ballot for the November election.

The City of Shoreline has been playing fast and loose with their City Council Meeting Agenda Planner. Click to enlarge the table above to see how many changes have been made since April to upcoming meetings that appear related to the City’s efforts to acquire the Seattle Public Utility’s (SPU’s) drinking water system. The City does not make a history of changes to its Agenda Planner available to the public, so the SPU shell game would not be obvious to an infrequent visitor to the City’s website.

So why all the changes? Is it deliberate deception or mere incompetence? One thing is certain: The City would have you believe they know all there is to know to conclude that acquiring the utility would be a good thing. They have never jumped around on that the way they have with the Council’s Agenda.

You can look forward to a barage of campaigning this summer and fall to convince you they know what they are doing up at City Hall. But do they?

May 15 2012

It is time to change Shoreline’s idea of open government

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This intimidating sign is posted just outside a short hallway near the restrooms on the first floor of the City of Shoreline’s City Hall at 175th and Midvale. The hallway leads to a rather unassuming conference room where most of the City Council’s ‘dinner meetings’ are held. It is a typical conference room with a big table, seating perhaps 16, and a few side chairs along the walls. These meetings are informal affairs, where actual conversations take place and genuine ideas are born. And yet, despite the insinuation of this sign’s message, dinner meetings (with a few exceptions) are open to the public. Read more »