Recall for Mark Lindquist Begins

This just in, a phone text from Cheryl Iseberg, ” We got him!!”

For more information go the the FaceBook Page Recall Mark Lindquist or visit their web site.

Signature collecting will begin soon – this will be fun.

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2015 State Issues for Tacoma Voters

2015-Washington-State-Ballot-issuesPublic Disclosure Reports show Paul Allen is the top contributor for I-1401 about animal trafficking with $2,058,570.75 the latest reports show.

Public Disclosure Reports show Clyde Holland is the top contributor for this latest Eyman 2/3’s initiative.

The PDC reports that not a single dime was donated by Tim Eyman to his latest campaign I-1366.

Tim Eyman has been sued and will be in King County Superior Court next Friday, August 14.

Andrew Villeneuve provided the  court filing for those of you who enjoy reading court documents. The basic argument is the Washington State Constitution does not allow for citizens to amend the constitution, some states do, but that requires a higher percentage of signatures, which I-1366. To read more from Andrew, visit no1366.org.

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What are advisory votes? Those are a result of a previous Eyman issue which have annually cluttered up the ballot because they have zero impact. Leave those blank, it is a waste of time for voters.

Tacoma City Manager Top Paid in State

Tacoma City Manager makes $50,000 more annually  than the mayor of Seattle – a fair comparison since both are the decision makers in their city, the only difference is, Seattle voters get to elect theirs and Tacoma City Council appoints ours.

So, Tacoma has the highest paid city manager and city council, do you think Tacoma is getting the best that money can buy? Read the charts for yourself and get a good idea what other cities are paying their councils and city managers.

Contact the Citizen Salary Commission through the City Clerk’s office, (253) 591-5505 or email Doris Sorum <DSORUM@ci.tacoma.wa.us> to be placed on the notification list for the meetings. There are only three or four more meetings to go (Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. Rm 12 at 733 Market St,. The commission is on a fast track because the mayor was very in appointing two positions and now the commissioners are facing a Sept. 1, 2015 deadline to submit their recommendation.

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Tacoma City Council salary highest paid in state for Council-Manager form of government

When a city has a city manager running the city (Council-Manager form), the salaries of the council and mayor are usually less. Not so in Tacoma. It must be because Tacoma is the only city in the state that doles out annual pay raises of 2.75% every year in January. So, on January 1, 2016 the council will receive a pay raise of $1,322 for the year and $2,643 more for the mayor. All these huge percentage increases while Local Union 17 with the city is giving 0% in 2015 and 1% in 2016 and a quarter percent for 2017 and 2018.

Not only that, the city council is behind the $12 minimum wage issue known as Prop. 1B on the November ballot and that proposal wants to tell business owners in Tacoma that they must raise the minimum wage of $9.75 to $10.35 an hour in February 2016. This means that a full-time worker would receive a pay increase of $1,248. Remember, the council and mayor are defined by the charter as “part time” positions, with full time benefits. So, there seems to be a pay increase discrepancy having the lowest paid workers in Tacoma receiving the lowest increases.

On top of the 2.75% annual pay raise, now we have a Citizen Salary Commission responsible for making recommendations for salaries for the council and mayor.

Let us hope that the citizen commissioners will remember they are citizens first and need to remember the council and mayor are simply workers like the rest of the city workers and should be given the same percentage increases as the union workers are receiving, but only after the salaries are reduced to a more reasonable amount for part time workers.

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Puyallup Tribe of Indians give $11k to Tacoma Initiative which removes I&R rights

The “Mistake” petition, AKA Prop. 2 on the Tacoma ballot, just received $11k from the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.

Previous PDC reports show these contributors which total $22,600.00 to date:

  • $11,000 Puyallup Tribe of Indians
  • $1,000 IBEW Local 483 PAC
  • $1,000 Pierce County Central Labor
  • $5,000 John and Guelda Messina
  • $4,000 former Mayor Bill Baarsma and Carol Baarsma Loan
  • $100 Erik Bjornson
  • $500 Connie and John Ladenburg

Below is the latest PDC report. The campaign still owes $49,500 for signatures. So the money in the door will most likely be going to  pay off the debt to Hays LLC for the signatures.PCBGL-2015_08_03-C3-cropped

City of Tacoma Salary Commission Finally Meets

Last November, Tacoma voters approved creating a Citizen Salary Commission.

Salary Comm election results 2014

Jonny-on-the-spot County Auditor Julie Anderson made the random selection of five commissioners last February.

Then the wait began.

March, the Mayor does not appoint the two commissioners as required by the charter amendment.

April, the Mayor does not appoint anyone.

May, still no appointments by the mayor and the commissioners cannot meet until the final two are appointed.

June, no one appointed by the mayor.

July, the mayor appoints the two final commissioners with a deadline of Sept. 1 for the commissioners to make their recommendation to the city council, which completes the job mandated by the voter approved charter amendment for this year.

Washington state and Pierce County each have a Citizen Salary Commission and they generally take about six months to do their work making recommendations for salaries for their respective jurisdictions. Due to circumstances beyond the Tacoma volunteer commissioners, they will have to complete their task, described by one commissioner as “political” in less than 30 days.

The first meeting of the volunteer Salary Commissioners commenced this evening at 6:00 p.m.

Each Tuesday in August at 6:00 p.m., the commissioners will be meeting to discuss their recommendations for salaries for the mayor and council members.

The meeting is at 733 Market St. in room 12 – the public is welcome, but the room is small and there is only one seat available for the public to sit at in the rear of the room. Public Comment was moved to the beginning of the agenda, so anyone wishing to attend and make a comment should be early as to ensure not missing your opportunity for a comment limited to 3 minutes. Meetings are limited to 90 minutes, as per a vote of the commissioners. Leave it to volunteer citizens to come prepared to get business done in a timely fashion. Given the volumes of information commisioners requested tonight, the city staff and the volunteers will have quite a bit of home work to do before next week’s meeting.

Commissioners must factor in the automatic pay raise of 2.75% the council receives each January in their deliberations since an ordinance is still in place providing for that annual increase.

Current Membership

District 1 – Joseph Zawacki

District 2 – Karen Robinson

District 3 – Terry Mensonides – elected chair tonight

District 4 – Robert Anderson

District 5 – Ronald Malm – elected vice chair

Mayor’s appointments

Human Resources Management – Richard Wilkinson

Legal Profession –  Dianne Conway

Link to City of Tacoma Salary Commission