We receive mailings from incumbents boasting of their experience and the many positions they hold. Apparently, they believe that things are going well, but not so. In fact the incumbents are part of the problem.
One city council incumbent boasts about being on the committee to bring light rail to Everett, proudly saying that light rail will arrive in 2041. Several decades ago when the original proposal was approved by the voters (who have been paying taxes on it ever since) it was slated to be here by now. However, the incumbent thinks that frequent delays, and waiting 20 years past the original opening date, are good news. That’s being effective? Such “experience” sure hasn’t helped the people of Everett.
Another problem in Everett is homelessness. In March our downtown church wrote a letter signed by the pastor and the congregation president (me) to every city council member and the mayor stating that homeless people lack toilet facilities so use any convenient place, including our church grounds, for those human needs.
More than half a year later not one of them has answered. Several weeks later city representatives at a meeting implied that providing toilets was the responsibility of churches, not the city. Huh?
The solution to these problems and others is new officials.
We support Mary Fosse for city council because she has all the qualifications but isn’t part of the good ol’ boy network. She’s a person of the people who talks with ordinary folks.