The Issues

April 1, 2013
Burien incumbents are asked not to seek reelection due to failure to execute policy.

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I am both pleased and disheartened by the City Council's decision on voting wards. I am pleased that it is not going to go forward at this time. I am also angry at the waste of time and money this issue has caused.

The four Council members who were advocating it had the votes, the legal prerogative to make it happen, yet were unable to execute this.

This pattern of failure to execute policy shows up repeatedly in Burien:

  • Failure to enforce the Burien Municipal Code has caused housing prices to decline.
  • Failure to followup with the City Manager on requests for information is pervasive.
  • Failure to respond in a timely manner to requests for Public Records is pervasive.
  • Failure of Council to vote when a quorum is present because certain members choose not to attend that evening happens frequently.
  • Failure of the City to follow its own laws.
  • And the list goes on and on.

At a recent Council meeting on Planning for Business development the members of the Council were heard talking about calling it an action plan so that it wouldn't sit on the shelf like the others.

Unfortunately, talk doesn't make things happen, it is passion and conviction to see it through that makes things happen.

Ultimately, life comes down to DO IT, DELEGATE IT, or DUMP IT.

The City and the community cannot afford to be led by people who will not stay focused and appear incapable of implementing their own directives.