By David Anderson “Gilligan’s Island” started off with a three-hour tour. The seven members of the Lakewood City Council have been invited by Major General Bret D. Dougherty to a “two-to-three hour tour” of Camp Murray sometime in February or March, 2014 according to City Manager John Caulfield who briefed the council to that end […]
By David Anderson “There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience.” – Archibald MacLeish, American Poet and Critic (1892-1982) Now that Camp Murray has got the gate they wanted and Tillicum residents are fed with anecdotal traffic counts and fed up with city hall, what […]
By David Anderson Now, Mr. John Caulfield, let’s talk about what you are reported to have said in your ‘hire-me-as-your-new-city-manager’ speech. According to former City Councilmember Walter Neary’s blog, when you and the other candidates were asked about what mistakes they’d made in their career you “chose the most painful example, where (you) could have done better […]
By David Anderson Former Lakewood City Councilman Walter Neary promised an explanation of what happened to Tillicum such that it “endured one of the most bitter neighborhood debates in (Neary’s) recent memory.” The “debate” concerned Camp Murray’s encroachment upon the neighborhood’s interior streets with hundreds of cars traversing the town no thanks to the relocation of […]
By David Anderson Turns out not only Tillicum was kept in the dark.
By David Anderson, president, Tillicum Woodbrook Neighborhood Association City of Lakewood representatives will be making a presentation to the Tillicum Community on Thursday, June 6th, 6:30 P.M. at the Tillicum Community Center, 14916 Washington Ave. to give a traffic count (and an account) of traffic “flow.” This is a picture (below) of traffic — thanks to […]
By David Anderson, Tillicum Now that Tillicum’s Camp Murray Gate debacle has been voted overwhelmingly the top West Pierce news story (in The News Tribune) for 2011, it’s time to reflect on what this means.
By David Anderson, Tillicum “Building trust in government” – the concern raised in the last paragraph of Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditiz’s column in the fall “Lakewood Connections” recently delivered to mailboxes throughout the city – is placed here in the first paragraph since the topic of trusting government merits discussion of highest importance given […]
By David Anderson, Tillicum What character are you going to be for Halloween – monster, vampire, witch, werewolf, ghost, or just a regular creep? How about going as “truth” or “(environmental) justice”? The truth – about how Camp Murray’s gate could have been permitted by City of Lakewood staff to be relocated in such a […]
By David Anderson, Tillicum From “Occupy Wall Street” to Every Street – even Lakewood’s streets, and those of Tillicum and DuPont; from the rutted-roads of Rwanda to the airy mountainous heights of Afghanistan and its arid desert wastelands, chaos can reign anytime two volatile, combustible ingredients come together – leadership that is AWOL, and values […]
By David Anderson, Tillicum When it is clear that our voice matters not; when our protests fall on deaf ears; when we are led to believe “mounting community opposition” may well have an influence on the outcome but, as it turns out, the resounding vocal and written opposition affects the decision minimally if at all, […]
By David Anderson, Tillicum No, it didn’t happen. But it could. Camp Murray wants a new gate accessed through the residential streets of Tillicum. But Camp Murray is the crucial emergency life-line to the entire State of Washington serving as the home of the Emergency Operations Center. With the news out of the Pentagon September […]