Bullshit Community Conversation about "Food Delivery." And by "Food Delivery" they mean Cooking Pot Food Bank on Mckinley Hill

Very civil actually. No real rage or outbursts.
posted Mar 3, 2011
food bank, Cooking Pot, Mckinley Hill, the masses, hunger, Ms. Blue
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Here are my notes from about 7:40ish onward in a 6 - 8 pm meeting. I got lost. Ms. Darcy is the navigator in our family and I really should not be driving a car if I don't know where I am going by muscle memory. Also please forgive the misspellings--I was chatting with The New Takhoman and the Tacoma Gawker (from the back gadfly citizen journalist booth) who would look over and say things like "oh he needs to be fatter. that doesn't look like her" etc.        

by fredo on 3/3/2011 @ 9:57pm

by ChrisTopher on 3/3/2011 @ 10:02pm
like + 1

by NineInchNachos on 3/3/2011 @ 10:11pm
was it the casino school guy complaining about food bank people in line writing graffiti on blank wall? I dunno. The time I visited the food bank, the people picking up food didn't seem like the gang symbol graffiti type.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 3/3/2011 @ 11:27pm
I'm thinking that Kenny Rogers would be Pastor Ron Vignec, former winner of the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize.

by NineInchNachos on 3/4/2011 @ 7:41am
ah thanks. it was really hard to hear people in the audience.

by NineInchNachos on 3/4/2011 @ 8:06am
a much more accurate description of what happened last night

by NineInchNachos on 3/4/2011 @ 8:06am
instead of doodle notes i'll start calling these "spirit captures"

by smeall on 3/4/2011 @ 11:07am
I feel like I was there, thank you...the future of meetings!!

by NineInchNachos on 3/4/2011 @ 1:30pm
funny comments from the komo link....

"I did a street view of McKinley Ave on Google Earth. That area is dump, it looks like an Apocalypse. Those people have more to worry about then some stupid food bank." - Quackula

"I'm the guy they kicked out for using profanity - I called **myself** an '*******' in response to a passive aggressive objection to my request for the Ms. Blue to speak. I was given no warning and Councilmember Cambell's demeanor was angry and bullying. For the record, I wasn't present for the 'rules' - the authority they seem to incorrectly relying upon is TMC 8.12.015. I'm the big guy in the rust red Patagonia, at the left front of the above the picture. FWIW, I have a disability claim with a secondary psych aspect, from exactly this sort of inappropriate governmental behavior.How do I get a copy of the video tape of the event/incident? " - Dtooley

by Maria on 3/4/2011 @ 5:42pm
John Lennon, left page, upper right?

"All we are give free peas a chaaaance..."

by NineInchNachos on 3/4/2011 @ 6:27pm
he was there. complaining about how there used to be 5 taverns in a row on McKinley and that was much more of a problem.

by jenyum on 3/4/2011 @ 11:47pm

by NineInchNachos on 3/5/2011 @ 1:43am
Thanks TacomaMama!
Keep your eye on the prize Ms. Blue!

by NineInchNachos on 3/5/2011 @ 1:44am
Haters gonna hate

by fredo on 3/5/2011 @ 9:05am
So what was the result of all this discussion? Does the food bank stay or go, are we going to get more taverns or less, will interest in Kenny Rogers music be revived, and what about the 'ringers' in the audience?

by NineInchNachos on 3/5/2011 @ 10:50am
I don't know about ringers or kenny rogers. the meeting was alot like a day time talk show with Marty as Jerry Springer. Marty had a city clerk writing everything down on big white-board easels. at the end of the meeting he ended with a jerry springer final thought "It looks to me like we've come a long way in finding partnership" or something He said they'll write down all these suggestions and study them. Food bank is not going anywhere. The community gets to feel like it was listened to.

That was my impression. I missed the first half of the meeting but from what I put together the first half was just people listing the community "positives" and "negatives" on the whiteboards.

by NineInchNachos on 3/7/2011 @ 7:45am
more notes from The New Takhoman...
(post here in entirety because takhoman archives suck)

a few observations by whiteman and hathaway on The Battle In 98404

The Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank, located in the McKinley Hill Business District, was the topic of a Tacoma City Councilman Marty Campbell “Community Conversation” on food delivery services in neighborhood. The conversation was held at McKinley Elementary School last Thursday evening.

Ahndrea Blue, founder of The Making A Difference Foundation, began the Cooking Pot food bank out of a residential house on East 34th Street about 2 years ago. Members of The Dome Top (McKinley Hill Business) Association complained to the city about the food bank’s location and subsequently Blue moved the operation to a commercial zone on McKinley Avenue. The city’s zoning department has determined that both locations of the food bank were in fact legal.

At the December meeting of The Dome Top Association Campbell stated he was opposed to the food bank and made it clear he was challenging Ms. Blue. Lynette Scheidt, President of The Dome Top Association, President of the city sponsored Eastside Neighborhood Council and long time Tacoma Police Department Sector Four volunteer, invited attendees to write letters of protest to the city. The city’s response indicated Ms. Scheidt had not written a letter.

Tacoma Police Community Liaison Officer Bert Hayes stated neighbors needed to put a stop to the food bank in case it became like the Bread And Roses Food Bank in Olympia. He said it had taken residents years to shut that one down. Campbell never objected to that statement or statements made by members of The Dome Top Association.

Residents expressed extreme fear the food bank would cause crime and in fact asserted it already had, citing alleged drug deals and prostitution going on in the food lines. Lynette Scheidt then sent out pictures of food bank recipients via the Internet. Yet there was no evidence any crimes being committed in those photographs.

In addition to the food bank’s locks being super glued by unknown persons, members of The Dome Top Association used the once Sector 4 police sub station, now an animal control building, to video tape food bank recipients and volunteers between the blinds of a window facing McKinley Avenue. Their license plates were taken down and run thorough Records and Identification by Officer Hayes.

More than 100 residents, food bank representatives and four Tacoma Police officers, including Assistant Police Chief Bob Sheehan attended Thursday’s meeting.

Campbell began by reading a wilted copy of the City Council’s newly adopted “Civility Ordinance”. Campbell also said statements were not allowed, only questions directed to him. He said personal attacks would not be allowed. Applause, for instance, was later banned by Carol Wolfe, a Tacoma Economic Development specialist, but then allowed by Campbell after a statement was directed in his favor. Again, the rule stated for questions only, yet later statements were allowed along with an arbitrary enforcement of applause.

Wolfe then announced people were only allowed to speak once, yet a resident heckler in the back of the room was allowed to repeatedly attack Blue, referring to her as a “lawyer” and therefore nothing would be done to get rid of her food bank. Other speakers were not allowed to make more than one comment. No microphone was supplied for those who wished to speak which made it difficult to hear the comments being made.

The first hour was not about the stated topic, but instead Campbell and Wolfe asked attendees to discuss the “assets” and “challenges” in the neighborhood.

During the meeting Campbell noted that the highest number of foreclosures in the state have occurred in the 98404 zip code.

Meeting speaker Helen McGovern of The Emergency Food Network made it very clear a food bank was needed in the neighborhood. Campbell constantly whispered in McGovern’s ear during her talk and at one at point she said, “If you ask me I would say don’t vote for Marty Campbell, but you didn’t ask me.” She was clearly frustrated with Campbell’s interruptions.

During the meeting resident Douglas Tooley was forcibly removed by two police officers after referring to himself as an “asshole.” Campbell requested that TPD remove Tooley. He had arrived after the rules had been established and had not directed his comment at anyone but himself.

An Eastside resident stated the real problems in the neighborhood stemmed from the taverns. She cited empty bottles, trash, intoxicated residents and people passed out in their cars. When asked, she stated she was referring to the Top of Tacoma Bar.

From this observer’s point of view the most logical question of the evening was addressed to Campbell by long time Eastside resident and former Tacoma City Manager Jim Walton when he asked, “What has the city done so far to partner with the food bank.”

Stammering and stuttering Campbell said that the purpose of the meeting was to “push the reset button.”

In other words the city (Campbell) hadn’t done a thing to date to even attempt a partnership and that he simply didn’t want them in his thriving business district. A truth he finally owned up to during the meeting.

When Ms. Blue spoke at the end of the meeting she explained the food bank is fulfilling a neighborhood need, has a delivery service for the home bound and that her personal phone number is posted on the window of the food bank. She also made it very clear that residents with questions and or concerns could speak to her directly or call her at any time.

by jenyum on 3/7/2011 @ 8:02am
The food bank is only open 2 hours a day, five days a week, during the day when most people with money to spend are out working.

by fredo on 3/7/2011 @ 8:16am
the new takhomen account makes fine reading. the only things missing from the meeting were RR reading from note cards and Grupo Tacoma babbling along in their foreign language. also, why wasn't the lonely guy from University Place there?

by The Jinxmedic on 3/7/2011 @ 8:26am
The McKinley Hill Business Oeners and Community Partners meeting is at Fergie's this Wednesday 0900. Someone needs to be there and take notes- and listen.

by fredo on 3/7/2011 @ 8:36am
The solution to this problem is simple. Food banks shouldn't be in pre-determined locations. Just keep the foodbank in a semi truck. The location is announced via twitter just minutes before the truck is opened up. First come, first served. Better luck next time if you miss it. This sort of distribution system worked well in the movie Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. The people who wanted pods just showed up when the delivery was announced and went home happy.

Also, I agree with jinx. Someone should be at the MHBO&CP meeting on Wednesday.

by Mofo from the Hood on 3/7/2011 @ 8:36am
Any word about Hell's Kitchen moving to Mckinley Ave?

by jenyum on 3/7/2011 @ 6:04pm
That's a really tough time to hold a meeting if you want people to attend. Most people who are not self employed can't come to a meeting at 9 am on a weekday. I might be able to make it after I drop the kids at school but if I do I will be late and I'll be picking my own pocket because that's prime work time.

by NineInchNachos on 3/7/2011 @ 6:12pm
it is a meeting for cabal of McKinley business owners... but no worries, I've informed the Takhoman and he's on it!

by The Jinxmedic on 3/8/2011 @ 7:36am
That's "Listen", not "Heckle".

by jenyum on 3/8/2011 @ 8:15am
OK then, if I go I will leave the vuvuzela at home.

by NineInchNachos on 3/8/2011 @ 8:25am
The Tacomic believes non-internet heckling is rude.