Your Participation Is Requested……

Your Participation Is Requested……
Originally Posted on April 27, 2012

I’ll  bet that few people in the community of Federal Way can say they have seen the city from two sides and that is sad. In the past six months I have had the opportunity to see it from the side of being a longtime  resident and as someone who is concerned with my country and city that is a co-founder of the group Occupy Federal Way. This letter is being written as a personal observation.

Since November I have attended seven Federal Way City Council meeting in person and have watched four on FWTV 21 also I have attended two FW School Board at the council chambers and six on cable.

What I find most alarming about attending these meetings is not the amount of money it takes to run this place we call our hometown or even the challenges the school district has with keeping our students engaged in the learning process. What is alarming is the lack of community involvement and attendance at theses meetings. On average there are about 13 out of 85000 residence that attend…pretty sad.

These meeting are held to give each of us an opportunity to express our concerns and present issues that matter to you to the council, this is our local form of democracy at work. Question? how many reading this know about an RFQ that was discussed recently or what SBG means. If you don’t then maybe that’s a sign you need to attend a few and find out, these  will be affecting you sooner or later.

There are about 100 seats and plenty of standing room for you in the chamber, sometimes a little entertainment to. So the next time you get delayed waiting in a road construction zone while being able to email a report to the city is nice there is nothing more empowering than to tell the leaders of the city in person.

City Council Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 7pm. School Board is 2nd and 4th Tuesday, both are held in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

Democracy is not a spectator sport.
Randall Smith


One thought on “Your Participation Is Requested……

  1. Randy, Neither is Education and both seem to be treated equally bad here. There seems to be a different motto here. “Let someone else do it” prevails. We are an area, I will not use the term city, that has expectations for others. Us? Back to the couch to watch some primetime stuff!

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