JULY 28, 2016

GOVERNANCE/LAND USE

SeaTac’s misconduct shows the need for transparency and watchdogs

Seattle Times Editorial Board, July 28, 2016, The Seattle Times

Watch out, Washington.  We are entering a golden age of municipal malfeasance.

In recent months – just in King County – Kent officials illegally sold off a public park to developers in secret, the Black Diamond City Council treated the state Open Public Meetings Act like a soiled napkin, and SeaTac’s staff colluded to steal a parcel of land from local business people.

Those are just the ones we know of.  Daylighting these instances of misconduct or even corruption require watchdogging by the media and a lawful adherence to Washington’s public-transparency laws.  Both seem to be on the wane.  And we’re all the worse for it.

Read more here: http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/editorials/seatacs-misconduct-shows-the-need-for-transparency-and-watchdogs/

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Three Tacoma groups take exception to PDC executive director’s social media comments

Kate Martin, July 27, 2016, The News Tribune

Three Tacoma agencies under investigation by the state’s election watchdog have asked the watchdog’s head to recuse herself from the investigation, and she has complied.

At issue are comments made on social media against a now-withdrawn methanol plant proposal for the Port of Tacoma.

The investigation stems from a complaint filed against the port, the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County after they sued to stop proposed ballot measures that would limit port development.

Read more here:  http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/business/article92257992.html

 

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