McKinley Hill Dometop Neighborhood Alliance "SURVEYOR MARKS" a Food Bank

With Special Guest Star Councilperson Marty Campbell!
posted Feb 15, 2011
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A few people have been calling the tip line seeking provocative cartoon feedback with respect to this tiny beleaguered food bank occupying space in an apparently non-pro-community fashion over in occupied east bank Tacoma territory called McKinley Hill (SECTOR 4) AND A benevolent force of nature otherwise known as the  Holy Dometop Neighborhood Alliance will stop at nothing to "wipe this food bank from the map."  YET When word of this hate crime got out Tacoma City Councilperson Marty Campbell bravely declared on his facebook: 
"People, I know you are angry. I know you feel dis-respected. But this chicken sh*t response is uncalled for. If you want your voice to be respected, show respect in the first place." [sic]  
After I hinted that only terrorists super-glue locks and that these terrorists are also probably nazis; do you think the members of the Dometop Alliance began to show respect? You be the judge.  One thing is certain however. There apparently is an 'uppity' SEATTLE way of doing things and then there is THE TACOMA METHOD of getting things done. People will say of Food Bank czar Andrea Blue "IT'S NOT ABOUT FEEDING HUNGRY PEOPLE." And that "SHE ISN'T RESPECTING THE COMMUNITY or SHE'S NOT WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY."  But what the heck does that even mean anyway?   

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by cisserosmiley on 2/15/2011 @ 1:28am
what an awesome issue and what an awesome thing this woman does...there actually is nothing more than respecting those human lives around us who are in need, so do it please, thanks if you do, reach out if you need, and share what you can.

by NineInchNachos on 2/15/2011 @ 1:42am
Every time I draw Marty he looks different. Need to practice drawing these people more!

by KevinFreitas on 2/15/2011 @ 6:54am
Really Tacoma? C'mon now, do better. Vandalizing a food bank strikes at the very core of what this city needs which is generous, kind-hearted people looking out for one another.

Great Tacomic RR!

by fredo on 2/15/2011 @ 7:17am
love the word splooge,

Hey maybe those unemployed food bank recipients could take turns guarding the front door. doubt if anyone would superglue a lock with Razmus and his pit bull standing there.

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/15/2011 @ 7:39am
It was probably a prank by some teenagers.

by fredo on 2/15/2011 @ 7:53am
Maybe the owner of the food bank glued her own locks so she could get on TV and people would make a big fuss over her. A 30 second spot on KOMO probably costs $1000. A new lock...maybe $100.

by NineInchNachos on 2/15/2011 @ 7:56am
Anarchist Infiltrat0rz!

by fredo on 2/15/2011 @ 8:03am
Maybe RR and sweetpea could conspire to superglue the locks at Kings Books, then call KOMO TeeVee and tell them that people are trying to prevent the distribution of RRs cartoon book.

by NineInchNachos on 2/15/2011 @ 8:16am
saving this comment from oblivion for VOL II...

Tacoma is the kind of town where a down-on-his luck guy can get a patch of land at a community garden and one day he comes to find out that the next patch over belongs to an impoverished Costa Rican beauty who came here to grow organic bananas. But they’re both hardworking people and they’re really trying to make a better life. He and she struggle day by day, side by side at the community garden. They don’t speak the same language but so much is said between their shared glances.

Before long they’re seen together shoulder to shoulder at local rallies to “Save the WSHM” and “No More Parking Lots” protests. Such inspiration generates a new Tacomic on and he and she become local blog celebrities among the liberal elite.

He and she decide to start a joint blog, “Banana Daquiri” to promote the benefits of community gardens and how their products can shape peoples perceptions. It’s a romantic notion at best but they’re both hardworking people and they’re really trying to make a better life.

17 | Posted by Mofo from the Hood | Feb 10, 07:38 AM

by NineInchNachos on 2/15/2011 @ 8:25am
Fredo, I would thank you to not commit blood libel against my genuine and original cartoon book... 265 pages... in stores now!

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/15/2011 @ 8:52am
I think this glue in the lock incident as reported by local television was very risky reporting. Beware of a whole wave of copycat vandalism.

by ChrisTopher on 2/15/2011 @ 8:57am
Our global financial overlords bank on human suffering and that includes working against places like Eloise Cooking Pot. Whoever did that to her locks should think about the powers that employed them and the world they would be forced to live in as a result of their actions.

Good cartoon RR.

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/15/2011 @ 9:16am
This glue prank will be included in my upcoming book,
MOFO-MICS: Why Everything Is Not Allowed.

by cisserosmiley on 2/15/2011 @ 9:56am
people who make rules for other people are not spending enough time on themselves, probably because self examination often leaves those folks depressed.

by NineInchNachos on 2/15/2011 @ 11:37am

Peace Prize nominations sought

The Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Committee has announced the opening of nominations for the seventh annual Greater Tacoma Peace Prize (GTPP). The purpose of this award is to recognize, honor, and encourage peace-building in Tacoma communities. To nominate an individual, group, or organization to receive the 2011 award, visit and download the nomination form and return it via U.S. mail to PO Box 731143 Puyallup, WA 98373, or via email to Nominations must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2011.

The name of the 2011 Greater Tacoma Peace Prize recipient will be announced in April, and the Prize will be formally presented in May at the annual Spring Banquet of the Scandinavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University.

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/15/2011 @ 8:54pm
Oh thank you. Will the winner get a new Volvo or something?

by cisserosmiley on 2/15/2011 @ 9:06pm
isn't sending a tacoma peace prize application to puyallup like sending a nobel peace prize application to america?

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/15/2011 @ 10:36pm
The winner gets a fancy hand made glass bowl and an all expenses paid trip for two to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/15/2011 @ 10:46pm
Distraught Citizen: "Hello, Seattle television station KOMO. I came to work this morning and I couldn't open my door because someone put glue in the keyhole."

KOMO: "Control yourself m'am. We're sending a reporter to your office right away."

by marumaruyopparai on 2/16/2011 @ 2:46pm
I like it that a city council member is willing to call a spade a spade and call out the 'chicken shit' on his facebook page.

by NineInchNachos on 2/17/2011 @ 7:50am
today I discovered this cryptic message scrawled on a scrap of paper under my wiper blade....

+ + + +

The Top Of Tacoma bans food bank recipients

If you get food from Blue, no drinky for you. It's true. If you have a job and drink like a fish, that's okay! Hooray! Gaza strip update of the day.


+ + + +

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/17/2011 @ 8:00am
Tacoma needed another negative news story like it needed a perpetual reconciliation park.

We get the confused do-gooder point of view: Tacoma is morally inferior.

But is it true?

by NineInchNachos on 2/17/2011 @ 12:24pm

+ + +

Mr Anderson

Your piece on the food bank was very funny. I loved it. After all the grief we have been given, to actually see an article and laugh was awesome. I have been told that your work was for sale. I would love to purchase that piece to remind me how far we have come. Is that possible? if so how much?

Great work!

Ahndrea Blue

by NineInchNachos on 2/17/2011 @ 12:25pm

by NineInchNachos on 2/21/2011 @ 9:27am


From: Campbell, Marty
Sent: Friday, February 18, 2011 12:41 PM
Subject: McKinley Hill Community Conversation

Hello all,

Please find attached to this email an invitation from Councilmember Marty Campbell to attend a community conversation on food delivery services in the McKinley area. You are receiving this invitation because you are someone who has voiced an opinion on the matter, owns property in the area and/or owns a business in the area or serve with community groups in the vicinity.

Councilmember Campbell and City staff are hoping we can facilitate a meeting where the community – from all points of view – can come together and discuss what best practices can be put into place for the McKinley Neighborhood to be Safe, Clean and Attractive while property owners and business owners engage in activities that build a strong community.

This will be a non-partisan forum where all voices will be heard and respected.

So, please consider joining Councilmember Campbell on the 23rd.

-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

I hope to see all of you there on Wednesday. J


by NineInchNachos on 2/21/2011 @ 9:28am
I was also given an interesting flier I will attempt to scan later tonight ....

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 6pm - 8pm
3513 Portland AVE

see email version

by NineInchNachos on 2/28/2011 @ 5:00pm
The Dome Top Association Agenda: Starve The Poor Out

It’s Boiling Over In East Side Tacoma.
The controversy started with a food bank. Yes, a food bank to assist the poor. On the east side of Tacoma some 12 to 15 percent of the residents live below the poverty line. The woman who started the food bank is from Seattle. This is the first problem. Tacoma has long resented Seattle and that resentment can pretty much be traced back to the final location of the rail lines which landed in Seattle in the 1880s. Tacoma has been bitter ever since in the way a city can be. Tacoma buildings talk about it all time making snide sarcastic remarks about those uppity Seattle buildings.


by NineInchNachos on 3/2/2011 @ 11:20pm
special WIKILEAKS behind the scenes email exchange between Ms. Blue and Councilmember Campbell


a few observations by hathaway on Councilman Campbell's perfidy and the McKinley Hill food fight
For months a war of words and deeds has been raging over the existence of a food bank located in the McKinley Hill Business District. A business district Tacoma City Councilman Marty Campbell has called, “one of the most thriving districts in the City of Tacoma”.
A series of Campbell’s e-mails, obtained by The New Takhoman through a public documents request, shows the side of the food fight he is on. And it is not in support of the Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank run by Seattle attorney Ahndrea Blue.
In order to broker a truce he called for a “Community Conversation” to be held on February 23.
In an e-mail sent to Northwest Harvest, The Emergency Food Network, Catholic Community Services and The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Campbell stated he would like to hear their thoughts about short and long term goals around how food delivery services are provided within the McKinley neighborhood. “Your voice is needed to ensure that all perspectives are heard regarding this important issue” he wrote.

When Campbell contacted Blue on February 17 to invite her to the meeting their subsequent conversations were conducted via a series of e-mails.
On February 17 Campbell wrote, “I wanted to check in with you about a few conversations I have had and personally invite you to the upcoming Community Conversation. I also wanted to discuss expectations and outcomes.”
Blue responded, “I have no idea what you are talking with regards to a 'few conversations' you have had, nor a community conversation? Please advise!”
Campbell come back with, “I know you don’t know what I am talking about with regards to 'few conversations' that’s why I gave you a call so you would know. I have had other discussions and wanted to update you. Really nothing much, nothing insightful and nothing game changing. Just thoughts and ponderings. It can wait until you have free time.”
Blue shoots back, “Your email is very unclear. It could be because I have had a long day and still have a few hours left. Please feel to email me about these discussions, things you are pondering etc. By the way I still have not received your response to my follow up emails in December 2010/January 2011 regarding available buildings and you 'working with our organization'. Also, can you please advise me why you are contacting our partners?”
Campbell responds, “1) It’s no biggie, just random thoughts.
2) I still have been unable to find a location (for the food bank) that fits your criteria.
(Ed. Note) At one point in time Campbell suggested 45th and Pacific might be good spot for Blue’s food bank.)
3) For some time I have enjoyed an open and productive relationship with the vast majority of our human services providers. I have even won the City’s highest award for leadership, in part for my work organizing food drives. It was brought to my attention that there may be concerns so I followed up. My understanding is they planned on direct contact with your organization. There hasn’t been any further discussion to date. If you have not been connected with you about the upcoming Conversation, I can send you more information.”
Blue comes back with, “I am very unclear what this meeting is regarding. When I asked for an agenda, your expectations topic, expected outcomes, purpose etc, and your response was vague and very unclear.
You stated that the ‘conversation’ is not about our food bank, but yet you said it probably will come up as a topic. Once again can you please clearly share the agenda?”
February 22 Campbell e-mails back, “This is Community Conversation, as such the agenda is fluid and one has not yet been created. I have a meeting with staff Tuesday and late Wednesday to nail down details. We were hoping for more feed back and assessment before finalizing. Looking forward to Wednesday and the peaceful days of that follow it.”
Is the first question that comes to mind, “Due to the fact Campbell knew what the agenda on the 17th when he e-mailed it to others in the food bank community, why was he so evasive with Blue?”
Was he trying to blindside and beguile her into another Dometop Association type meeting where the majority of the attendees wanted to run the food bank out of the neighborhood? That’s an answer we probably won’t get as Campbell has stopped returning calls to this publication.
But the real question is did Campbell violate the City’s Ethics Code by lying, being evasive, and unresponsive to Blue’s request for an agenda? That is a question the City of Tacoma Ethics Board has now been charged to answer.
The February 23 meeting was cancelled due to adverse weather and has been rescheduled for today from 6-8p.m. at McKinley Elementary at 38th and McKinley Ave.
The irony is tonight’s agenda: Council Member Campbell would like to hear your thoughts about short and long term goals around how food delivery services are provided within the McKinley neighborhood.

by fredo on 3/3/2011 @ 12:47am
all that drama over a foodbank?

by fredo on 3/3/2011 @ 7:07am
The good news:

The President has promised that if we pass his stimulus package that we will be able to keep unemployment under 8%.

The President has declared that the recession ended in June of 2009.

The federal and state minimum wages have increased several times just since Obama was elected so everyone has more money for groceries now.

This should mean that the demand for these food banks will soon be ending.

End of story.

by The Jinxmedic on 3/3/2011 @ 8:23am
My understanding is that it's not a problem with the concept of a food bank, per se- it's a problem with a food bank that made no attempt to connect with the neighborhood that it decided to locate in, right smack in the middle of the struggling McKinley Hill business district that has been working incredibly hard over the past several years to improve the area.

It's about a food bank that uses Seattle media as a weapon, and has been confrontational with local business and residents.

There are food banks that exist on the eastside that are part of the community. These local organizations have worked with the community for years without issue. This one is different. Ask about it at Top of Tacoma, or at the VFW, or at Fergie's. There are other sides to this story that are not getting attention.

Besides, Marty Campbell has been one of the few city council members that has stood up repeatedly for accountability and responsibilty in city government. I'm inclined to hear him out on this one, before I render an informed opinion.

by NineInchNachos on 3/3/2011 @ 8:26am
Is the 'conversation' meeting tonight? Does anyone know the details?

by fredo on 3/3/2011 @ 9:11am
What is the specific problem with this food bank? What differentiates this effort from the other food banks which apparently are acceptable? Does it bring to much riff-raff into the neighborhood? Are the people in line drinking out of paper bags? Why is the Seattle media so interested? Will Holistic Forge be there to take notes and provide analysis? Will STFU be in the audience to give Marty a hard time?

So many questions.

by NineInchNachos on 3/3/2011 @ 9:20am

interesting comment on Takhoman.... long time no see!

Tom Stenger:
I used to sit on the Hospitality Kitchen Board of Directors. Boy, there were always a few people that were out to get even us. If we didn't have Father Bix, Mike Tucci, and the Longshoremen (esp. the Lellis) behind us 100%, we could have been shut down, as there were elements in the City government that tried to do us in. Behind the scenes, these our friends would put out the word and things would happen. You might be wanting to get these people of faith to help you here, including Associated Ministries, the Ministerial Alliance, and also Pastor Weigman.

Grassroots people volunteering to directly help their neighbors is what America is all about! The "Eloise Cooking Pot" people need to honored, given good advice, and not get kicked around.

Campbell is just one vote of nine of the council. Try talking to the members who should care (they seem Chrisitan): Lauren Walker, Lonergan's son, Ryan Mello, and Victoria Woodards.

by NineInchNachos on 3/3/2011 @ 9:51am
who is going?

FOOD DELIVERY commoonity conversation.
Thursday, from 6 to 8pm at McKinley Elementary School

if i'm not vetoed by the wife, I'll attempt to take doodle notes.

by The Jinxmedic on 3/3/2011 @ 10:11am
It's a food bank- you should take noodle dotes.

by NineInchNachos on 3/3/2011 @ 10:20am
I'll introduce myself as MoPho from the Hood

by fredo on 3/3/2011 @ 10:24am
Should show this live on TeeVee12. Promises to be wilder than Jerry Springer or Judge Judy.

by Mofo from the Hood on 3/3/2011 @ 10:35am
The doormen will be frisking peeps for glue guns.

by NineInchNachos on 3/3/2011 @ 11:19am
i'm getting face book messages that the meeting will be filled with ringers and the conversation will have a list of 'allowed topics'

by cisserosmiley on 3/3/2011 @ 11:34am
WE must look upon the neighborhood councils like mafia operations where WE the PEOPLE are the top crime family. the councils do great lieutenant work and are allowed to exist. but every once in a while they think they are running stuff not just concerned citizens. maybe the neighborhood council idea was good in the past but the future is less tacomafia than old school tacoma leaders learned coming up. ban the neighborhood councils from meeting in public, mark lindquist could help.

by NineInchNachos on 3/3/2011 @ 11:50am
The Agenda For Tonight's Meeting: We Want Free Speech!

East Side Residents and others concerned, it has come to my attention that east side city councilman Marty Campbell has a set agenda for the meeting regarding The Eloise Cooking Pot food bank which he now refers to as a "food delivery service." The Meeting takes place at McKinley Elementary School from 6-8p.m. tonight. The school is on McKinley Avenue and south 37th.

by Marty on 3/3/2011 @ 12:05pm
Really? Can I get a list of those topics?

What is a Community Conversation "ringer"?

by cisserosmiley on 3/3/2011 @ 12:14pm
this is a friend in a political fight who will parrot a pre-decided on view point and not morph their thoughts to the evidence presented in the conversation-often used to bully others into feeling their evidence is not as worthy as the other side. i find it humiliating this question was posed.

by NineInchNachos on 3/3/2011 @ 12:38pm
I have no idea!

"Campbell is attempting to starve his own constituents out using very underhanded tactics that many of us do not fully understand."

But sounds interesting !

by Mofo from the Hood on 3/3/2011 @ 1:44pm
What we have here is evidence of an escalating turf war of words.

by jenyum on 3/3/2011 @ 1:46pm
Don't ever run for office.

by jenyum on 3/3/2011 @ 1:51pm
What I gather from that long, paragraph break-less post with the emails in it is that Marty called Blue, didn't get a response then sent her an email to say "hey, I wanted to talk to you about a few things and give you a heads up about this community conversation" which was followed up by "OMG! You're being evasive!"

Is there something that I am missing?

by fredo on 3/3/2011 @ 2:02pm
jen, that's what i took away from it. sort of a bizarre exchange but Martys probably seen worse here at ft. ha

by The Jinxmedic on 3/3/2011 @ 2:03pm
Jenyum, that's what I got from this too. (Which incidentally, is pretty much the same story I get from business owners on McKinley avenue. If you have some time, head over to Top of Tacoma or Fergie's for a late lunch and check it out for youself.)

by Mofo from the Hood on 3/3/2011 @ 2:05pm
If I were a councilman I would've called TV12 and said that my phone messages and e-mails were not responded to properly.

by NineInchNachos on 3/3/2011 @ 2:13pm
sorry somebody superglued my p tags together

by Mofo from the Hood on 3/3/2011 @ 2:47pm
Tacoma Councilman: "Yo. Wass up? C'mon over to the house."

Food Banker: "What do you mean young man."

Tacoma Councilman: "Aw. Don't play me like dat."

Food Banker: "Sir. Is there something I can help you with?"

Tacoma Councilman: "Girl, I jus' wanna talk wit you."

by The Jinxmedic on 3/3/2011 @ 3:01pm
I axed you a question, fool!

by Mofo from the Hood on 3/3/2011 @ 3:07pm
Food Banker: "You need to stop calling all my friends."

by Mofo from the Hood on 3/3/2011 @ 3:51pm
Tacoma Councilman: "I feel ya. I started my way in Tacoma with food service too. But listen' up. These people here, they got ways."

by NineInchNachos on 3/10/2011 @ 8:09am
so what do you think?

Tacoma's citizen Board of Ethics will convene later this month to review separate complaints filed against Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Councilman Marty Campbell, the city clerk's office confirmed today.

The complaints -- both filed by local gadfly John Hathaway -- essentially contend that Strickland and Campbell separately violated city rules for varying reasons.

Read more:

by fredo on 3/10/2011 @ 9:15am
I don't know about the Marty Campbell thing. But Stickland should know better she's been on the city council for years.

by jenyum on 3/10/2011 @ 11:04am
Yeah, I don't know about violating the confidentiality of an executive session (if true) but as far as I know there is no rule against being vague and using acronyms other people don't immediately understand.

by cisserosmiley on 3/10/2011 @ 3:15pm
*please go to evergreen@hilltop saturday morning from 10:00 am to 11:30 and hear your senator and representatives town hall themselves...please!

by NineInchNachos on 3/28/2011 @ 7:51am

by fredo on 3/28/2011 @ 9:10am
In a related story, the guy who invented super glue died yesterday.

by NineInchNachos on 3/28/2011 @ 9:35am
ah you see! Karma is a bitch

by NineInchNachos on 5/5/2011 @ 9:01pm
Field Agent reporting:

"This gate has been placed to block people from accessing the parking lot in an abandoned police sub station on McKinley Ave. in east Tacoma. It sits across the street from The Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank. It has been reported to me the gate was urged by longtime police volunteer Lynette Schedit and officer Bart Hayes and perhaps councilmember Marty Campbell who want the food bank shut down. It also blocks Seattle media from parking in the lot to monitor vandals of the foodbank. Is this just in these times of pot holes? You decide, Tacoma." - A

by NineInchNachos on 5/5/2011 @ 9:02pm
RR COMMENTARY: You see in TACOMA, free parkinglots are given to corporations NOT FOOD BANKS FOR POOR PEOPLE!

by cisserosmiley on 5/5/2011 @ 9:07pm
there are no poor people in tacoma, i know because if there were we would be feeding them instead paying for all the other weird crap

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/5/2011 @ 10:09pm

MNN reporters have recently learned that a gate was placed on an abandoned Tacoma Police substation parking lot in the McKinley Hill district. According to witnesses the abandoned parking across from Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank was a favorite hangout for unemployed cops who would gather food bank surplus pastries, free coffee and bummed cigarettes then party for hours at their parked shopping carts.

by NineInchNachos on 5/5/2011 @ 10:23pm
I don't get this move. One of the concerns was parking in front of stores getting used up by needy folks waiting to load humanitarian aid rations... parking was never a problem. But now the abandoned PUBLIC PROPERTY police station parking lot is removed from service... FORCING the parking to maybe become an issue so that anti food bank forces will have political ammunition ? Seems strange. where to you go to make public info requests online again?

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/6/2011 @ 12:08am
Parking was never an issue in any part of Tacoma. But if a contrived parking space shortage, nothing more than a perceptual issue, could be hammered into the gullible minds of Tacoman's then the possibility of unlimited taxation for public transportation could be established.

The Eloise Cooking Pot Food Bank is nothing more than a slave for public transportation advocates who control KOMO TV. The Conspiracy: McKinley Hill has a parking space shortage so therefore it needs increased taxpayer funded public transportation.

Think it through---Why else would anybody, especially KOMO TV, care what goes on at Mckinley Hill?

(When was the last time you checked which Tacoma councilmen were public transportation advocates? Which councilmen have been influenced by sociological theorists? Which have been influenced by Karl Marx? Groucho Marx?)

by cisserosmiley on 5/6/2011 @ 7:43am
dumb sociologists, all they do is statistically verify that hungry kids grow up with more health problems, more criminal arrests, and cost all of society more...who would want to save tax dollars spent on social welfare cases created by lack of nutrition? me. sometimes it hurts because most of us are trying real hard and barely making it and others look like "they" should try harder. feeding young people is a thing, based on sociologic research, that could help minimize poverty effects. ask your local sociologist why WE still put up with outlier wage earners? the ceo of merck makes 50 mil a year...the ceo of urban outfitters makes 30 mil a year...the ceo of aetna healthcare makes 18 mil...
please feed hungry people and physically beat ceo's

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/6/2011 @ 8:07am
Elosie Cooking Pot Food Bank is a private entity which voluntarily feeds the needy.

To my knowledge they don't advocate changing the economic basis of society in hopes of changing the greedy nature of man.

By the way, did you know that the word ''gullible' isn't in the dictionary?

by cisserosmiley on 5/6/2011 @ 8:18am
who cares is it is is united way, the ymca, the TEA party, lighthouse mission, organized crime, and the catholic church. what's your point? nobody said anything about "changing the economic basis of society" what many have measeured is that when kids are not fed they have a higher risk of costly behaviors later in is just a thought - spend a little of your brain power trying understanding that being humane and helpful as an investment in society is not soft or pussy, it is cold and calculative. a little money for food now means $60,000 a year jail cells are less needed later. it is about the most TEA thing you could do Mofo.

by NineInchNachos on 5/6/2011 @ 8:47am
the district council-member (whose initials are MC) was surprised by the appearance of the gate. Will look into it but suspects unannounced action by the City Manager?

Hoping he will post findings here...

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/6/2011 @ 8:59am
I don't need a sociologist with computational methodologies to try and convince me that the way to a conflict free society depends on forcing people to give their money to government thugs or risk incarceration.

I CARE if an organization is a voluntary entity and PRIVATE.

I want to be FREE TO CHOOSE.

by NineInchNachos on 5/6/2011 @ 9:02am
Mofo, are you "cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs" ?

by cisserosmiley on 5/6/2011 @ 9:07am
what money? what thugs? incarceration for debt is not legal in America. the real question is what right does ANYONE (even the CITY) have to keep citizens from using said publicly owned property?

by NineInchNachos on 5/6/2011 @ 10:01am
here is another Podcast for you Mofo...

The Origins of Islamic Law

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/6/2011 @ 7:05pm
Incarceration for debt is not legal in America? Ever heard of the crime called Tax Evasion? It's punishable by incarceration (Confirm that with your tutor for United States of America citizenship.).

P.S.: Stay out of my McKinley Avenue parking lot.

by cisserosmiley on 5/6/2011 @ 9:39pm
oh mofo, tax evasion is a fluffy term for purposely and fraudulently stealing money. like when you write a bad check on accident it is not a crime, but do it purposely (like tax evasion) then it is a crime. call mark lindquist, he'll tell ya.

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/7/2011 @ 12:36am
If the Elosie Cooking Pot Food Bank had a different name, then maybe the neighbors would leave it alone.

Some non-fluffy examples:

Sociological Institute for Equitable Redistribution of Wealth

Lawyers Trust Foundation for Food Justice

by cisserosmiley on 5/7/2011 @ 12:59am
i vote for "lawyers trust foundation for equitable redistribution of wealth"

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/7/2011 @ 7:52am
If I were to conduct an informal sociological survey on McKinley Hill, here is one of my test questions:

Do you trust banks?

The statistical results may show that Elosie Cooking Pot Food Bank should change its name because the word "bank" connotes
private enterprise and surplus profit---elements of economic power that cause feelings of envy and hostility in people who fear freedom of thought and movement.

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2011 @ 2:54pm
You guys may not believe this but the food bank was attacked again...

"Vandals struck The Eloise Cooking Pot food bank on the east side of Tacoma for the second time either last night or this morning. KOMO news reported the first incident a few weeks ago. Members of The Dome Top Association and councilmember Marty Campbell and police officer Bart Hayes openly expressed their intent to close this food bank down at a meeting I attended in December of 2010. The Tacoma News Tribune has never reported the vandalism. It has also never been reported that Lynette and Tara Scheidt videotaped recipients from behind an abandoned sector four police sub-station or that Bart Hayes ran random license plate checks with no probable cause." - A

by cisserosmiley on 5/9/2011 @ 8:04am
if stupid people could integrate the simple fact that food deprivation causes so much of our communities ills WE would be in a better place. it's like strangling someone...they writhe and convulse and FIGHT! it is the same for hunger, it takes ahold and makes you FIGHT! there is no sustanance farming for these folks. by fighting against feeding people WE are strangling them. do not be surprised when they convulse and fight back.

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/9/2011 @ 8:44am
That window was probably blown out by a gust of wind.

by NineInchNachos on 5/9/2011 @ 9:14am
a gust of wind called 'hate crime'

by fredo on 5/9/2011 @ 9:49am
"Vandals struck The Eloise Cooking Pot food bank on the east side of Tacoma for the second time either last night or this morning."

This would be referred to as a rebuttable presumption. Unless you know who broke the window you can't know what the motivation was. Could have been the owner trying to rekindle some TV worthy controversy or could have been a bird strike.

by jenyum on 5/9/2011 @ 10:22am
Is there any more information about how this happened? Did anybody find a rock inside the food bank? It's hard to know what happened. Windows do break, people also commit vandalism for all kinds of random reasons known only to themselves.

by fredo on 5/9/2011 @ 10:30am
jen, right. I was mowing my yard and the mower threw out a rock that broke my living room window. I guess I could tell everyone that a vandal did it.

by NineInchNachos on 5/9/2011 @ 10:55am
somebody probably anciently ran their lawnmower over a discarded tube of super glue as well. Let's not lose our heads.

by NineInchNachos on 5/9/2011 @ 11:19am
accidentally ? blah

by NineInchNachos on 5/9/2011 @ 6:52pm
TacomaMama is absolutely right. So I emailed Ms. Blue... here is her response:

"Per our neighbors 3 males on Friday night at 1:45am came and threw a rock through the window. Last Tuesday someone once again stole our banners. Easter weekend someone vandelized our delivery truck. What's next? I am getting very concern[ed] that it's escalating... " - Ahndrea Blue

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/9/2011 @ 8:24pm
How can anyone conduct business in an area without law and order?

by NineInchNachos on 5/9/2011 @ 8:35pm
Keep your eye on the prize Ms. Blue.

by NineInchNachos on 5/13/2011 @ 10:58pm
Thanks KOMO4!

"We’re determined to not let it impact the people that we serve, we’re just not going to allow it. We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing," she said. "Whoever’s doing it, I want them to know that the food bank is not 'Ahndrea Food Bank.' If someone has a problem with me, please take it up with me. But to impact the people that we serve and the volunteers, they don’t deserve this, they didn’t ask for this."

by NineInchNachos on 5/15/2011 @ 10:34pm
Food bank attacked YET AGAIN this weekend...

by TacomaTara on 5/16/2011 @ 1:05am
It's a shame the Eastside of Tacoma has come to this. The only Eastside publicity is bad publicity generated by a food bank director who hasn't tried in the slightest to get along with the community she has decided to set up shop in. I will reply one time only since I was requested by RR to update the Dometop facebook page and received his link to this very blog. My family has not spoken to anyone other than Ahndrea and our City of Tacoma representatives about this issue at hand. We are completely baffled by the path Ms. Blue has ventured down involving our city. I'll start at day one to make it easy and as understandible as I can. As an attendee of the Dometop Neighborhood Alliance meeting I heard the immediate neighbors of the Eloise Cooking Pot continuously complaining of food thrown about the front yard of her rental property. After several complaints an email was sent to Ms. Blue asking if she would like to attend a meeting and introduce her business to our community. No reply was ever received back. Fast forward several months down the road and Ms. Blue is now getting complaints about her rotting food on the premises, loitering, and questions of a valid business license. By this point Ahndrea is well aware of the city folks checking in on her and she emails the group back to request a space to speak at the meeting. We would love to hear from her at that point and walk through the area as usual only to see a large group of people formed in the alley. I walked down the alley within earshot of Ahndrae telling a very large line of families that "The police and a close by community orginizations are trying to force her to stop feeding them." She went on to say, "Before you receive food you must write a letter to the police officer and tell him to kiss your ass if you want to." She then attends a meeting telling the group of neighbors what she has taking place at her location and about the food bank in the alley. She also went on to list several business names and foundations she owns. She said she is the owner of Pinnacle Investments yet they don't have any record of her. She said her foundation is Making A Difference Foundation but that foundation is well represented and they have no record of her there either. Ahndrea comes to one more meeting to tell the neighbors of her plan to feed hundreds at Thanksgiving and Christmas and what does the Scheidt family do? We offer her our support and a hand if she runs short on volunteers. During that meeting she was asked about the conditions she requires the folks standing in line to remain in and she became increasingly angry. She asked for a reading of her building zoning and thats when we as the neighbors who have dealt with her wrote letters about the matter. Yes I brought up the question of her company names. Yes I voiced my opinion about the condition of where they had to stand to wait for food. Yes I walked the route a little more and spoke to people in line and asked their opinion of things. I want to represent and stand up for something I don't see as the right thing to do. It's bad enough there isn't enough food at home but to make my neighbors stand in an alley rain soaked and cold for long periods of time and not offer restrooms? There is no wonder there was urinating in public. As time wore on Ms. Blue became angry at the letters from several neighbors asking her to change things and she wanted more support. She was sure she was going to be told she had to close up the detached garage she fed the community from so she rental a small space out on McKinley Avenue. This is when she decided to call the news and get herself a little of what seemed to be underdog publicity. She complained that nobody wanted the food bank there and were trying to chase her out because of the look of the people in line. Every week those are my neighbors and my community members that I have sent up to her food bank. We pass out cards with her phone number on them and send families her way when we see there is a need. She needed someone to play the villain in her story and of course my family fit the bill. Hard working close knit family who commonly goes that extra mile for a neighbor and takes care of all whom they meet. I could not be more proud of my family for taking the high road and not taking part in any blogs or mud slinging. Through all of this and the ongoing insistance from reporters nobody has even commented on this situation. Seeing how things transpired it seems to be a publicity stunt and there is no real true interest in my neighborhood or community as a whole. Ahndrea continues to apply for awards for herself and that is where this may be stemming from. I will craft up an award if she can maintain a decent level of respect for my neighbors. No neighborhood should have to be subjected to this type of tyrant. Her family sat behind me at the food summit Campbell put together and we were called racist names by them throughout. Completely disgusting behavior from grown adult women.
As for the comment about taking pictures from the old sector 4 substation. Would this have supposedly taken place on a Saturday afternoon? I bet your source would be an angry old woman who was just shut off from my mothers friendship and happens to own a business. There are reasons my mother no longer wishes to speak to her and they also involve taking advantage of my neighbors. Some people are so greedy and then brag as if it's funny. There are meetings held at the old substation regarding the new community garden that we are currently building at East L Street and East Wright. The Rogers Park upper area will now be a beautiful community garden where several of our neighbors who attend the food bank will be growing their own food. We will also be growing a great deal of food for our sponsored food bank. There was also a comment about the new gate at the substation. I believe that was put in place because of the vandalism the substation had after the John T Williams uprising in Seattle and the same type of paint was thrown across the building before all of the windows were broken out. I was not aware the food bank was hit again. I really haven't seen many people in line or loitering much either since she was required to take down her ads on Craigslist. I think what she set out to do was honorable and even commendable in the beginning but when you try to use a neighborhood as a game piece and the players don't like their role, well, I guess the game needs to be packed up and set on the shelf. I commend our city staff for not allowing someone to bully them. They are very honest and see what good could come of this situation and should be thanked for how they have dealt with Ms. Blue. RR I do have a bit of a problem with your cartoon though. You have two very real not cartoon minor children in your drawing with a KKK robe. That was very offensive to both the 15 and 16 year old who have nothing to do with this situation other than showing up to improve this city regularly. Both have been through a tremendous life in their short years but I'm sure you might know about that also. NIMBY is not a word I would use to describe the Scheidt's, it would have to be Devoted. Devoted to Tacoma and devoted to improving your front and back yard.
Sorry this is so long. Take from it whatever you must but don't twist the thoughts and actions of all of the Dometop neighbors. The Eastside is a often neglected side of town where there are currently two abandoned schools(Gault & Rogers) with a third on the way(McKinley). A closed down boys club and generally abandoned youth services and all have vacated this side of town. The gang problem is growing very fast again and it's just a matter of time before the Spring and Summer air is interupted by gunshots. Can we all focus a little bit on quality of life for the residents of our great city instead of petty tantrums and finger pointing about something that should have been an easy discussion and a concern fixed. I believe whole-heartedly Ahndrea never wanted to get the neighborhoods support she wanted this mess every step of the way.

by NineInchNachos on 5/16/2011 @ 8:27am
to be fair, the crowd of spectators are not condoning the actions of SuperGlue. And any cartoon resemblance to real persons living or otherwise is purely coincidental.

THANK YOU for the comment. It is interesting to see the situation from another perspective. There has to be a way both sides can come together to end these hate crimes.

by cisserosmiley on 5/16/2011 @ 8:57am
does mark lindquist know there are gangs over there?

by NineInchNachos on 5/16/2011 @ 9:00am
The attacks continue on a controversial East Tacoma food bank. Food bank owner Ahndrea Blue says she believes the vandals retaliate every time the food bank garners media attention.

by jenyum on 5/16/2011 @ 11:12am
There are a number of charities with names similar to the "Making a Difference Foundation" (which is Ahndrea's, not to be confused with the "Make a Difference Foundation"). It is registered properly with the IRS:

Best to start with the proposition that the food bank is staying, in the Mixed Use Center where it is legally entitled to be, and work on building a better relationship from there.

by NineInchNachos on 5/16/2011 @ 11:53am
Amen! Where is that resent button?

by NineInchNachos on 5/16/2011 @ 4:09pm
OK from the INBOX:


Thanks for sharing. I will not take the time to respond to the false allegations and statements that have been made. Please feel free to research me and you will find out the truth about my company Pinnacle Equities Investments, LLC and our foundation Making A Difference. All of the information is available in public records, on the Internet and through out the city of Tacoma records.
The only victims are the 1500 people we provide food to every week. These destructive acts impact them the most. I respectfully request that the person or people who continue to attack the food bank take into consideration the people we serve before destroying our property.

Like usual, I am willing to meet and speak with anyone who have an issue with the food bank.

I wish Tara, her family and the Dome Top Alliance the best. God bless them.

- Ahndrea Blue

by The Jinxmedic on 5/16/2011 @ 4:14pm
If you want to hear more of the other perspectives presented calmly, logically, and intelligently, ask around at Fergie's or at Top of Tacoma. Someone will be happy to share their stories with you. Sometimes ivestigative journalism requires fieldwork.

by NineInchNachos on 5/16/2011 @ 4:20pm
feel free to share sir!

by jenyum on 5/16/2011 @ 5:18pm
So far the only claim I've heard that relates directly to the food bank (as opposed to complaints that really involve the city, zoning, the economy, etc) is that at one point Ahndrea was advertising the food bank on Craig's List. If true, it was a long time ago now.

I've gone to Fergie's a couple of times and talked to people there.

by panachronic on 5/17/2011 @ 12:39am
Didn't this whole thing get started because the food bank ignored the zoning ordinance?

I mean, hey... if a big corporation like Clear Channel has to follow the rules, then shouldn't the little guys be expected to follow them, too?

Oh, wait...

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2011 @ 1:03am
all zoning challenges ruled in the food bank's favor. Even when she was in her garage... She could have stayed in her garage if she wanted! The city was so upset by this they appealed and the appeal came back in the food banks favor.

if you have any further information please correct me.

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2011 @ 8:32pm
thanks Komo4 TV!

by voiceofreason on 5/17/2011 @ 10:13pm
I hardly think the city was so upset and went after her. Please...I'm sure the city has better things to do then go after a woman who has difficulty getting along with the community or people for that matter. Can we move on from Ms. Blue and her food bank? I'm sorry her place was vandalized, and I hope they catch who ever did it. In the meantime, she should maybe examine her own security practices with her own people before assuming it's someone in the neighborhood. Hmmm...If she did that, it wouldn't get her the attention she craves, and it wouldn't allow her to be the victim.

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2011 @ 7:53am
a funny comment from bookface (in reference to the billboard moratorium)

Redorblack Nigelbottom: Did they also adopt an ordinance prohibiting any new vandalism at food banks for 6 months while they negotiate a compromise with the vandals who feel blindsided by the community response?

by NineInchNachos on 5/18/2011 @ 12:34pm
maybe this is a bad sign?

click to zoom in

by NineInchNachos on 5/31/2011 @ 12:01pm

"RR; The vandals struck the food bank again. The windows were not broken out at 6p.m., so it must have happened afterwards. This time a captain is involved and some clergy from Associated Ministries, etc. I am exhausted. Campbell remains silent." - A

by The Jinxmedic on 5/31/2011 @ 1:11pm
A Captain? Captain America, perhaps?

(buy your latest issue of "Captain America" at Comic Book Ink, today!)

by NineInchNachos on 5/31/2011 @ 5:05pm

Yes. Someone last night broke out one of our front windows. Last week we added lighting to the front and back of the building. We just met with the police department to talk about how to deal with this problem. It is clearly out of hand and we are very fearful for the safety of our clients and volunteers.
Clearly, this is an attack against the food bank. We are committed to continually serving this community.

We are looking into offering an award. I will forward you more information when we get it. If any one has any ideas we are more than willing to listen.