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Eric Anderson was a TERRIBLE City Manager
posted May 8, 2012
Tacoma, Tacomic, budget, Eric Anderson, SNAFU, Mayor Strickland, Anders Ibsen, Marty Campbell, Jake Fey, Volunteer Pay Cut
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Maybe it is supposed to be a feel good story?  Lewis Kamb Action Figure reports on council members giving back money we pay them to do a job.  Mayor Warbucks can give the most being full time, our baby part-time Council-members are asked to pony up whatever they can.  Meanwhile the bastards who were supposed to be on watch when the liquid Tagro mix hit the fan give themselves raises and big golden-parachutes to Loafing Town. Always wanted to draw the top two panels of this cartoon.  What is Mr. Anderson going to spend all that money on?  He'd probably pave over his yard and install surface parking... maybe a new parking garage.  He's the one who should be volunteer-refunding the city of excessive pay.  Humbug!


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by debivans on 5/8/2012 @ 2:59am
Did Council Member Campbell attend Evergreen State College or something? Go Geoducks!

by fredo on 5/8/2012 @ 7:57am

  And who set city manager Eric Anderson's pay at an "excessive" level? That would be the city council. These nine people dwell in a sort of fantasy world where critical decisions can be carried over to a future council meeting as long as we attend right now to all our sister city business and so forth.

by cisserosmiley on 5/8/2012 @ 8:01am
I would like to see a give back bidding war between Fey and Walker...whoever gives back the most gets my vote this November.

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 8:14am
Fey is a double dipper  but Walker is adjusting to single income.  Probably not fair to ask Walker to give more since Fey could theoretically give back all city council money.  But what difference does it make?   Save the money for new laptops. 

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/8/2012 @ 8:32am
What amount of $ does the city pay annually in lost lawsuits? I'm sure that is a factor, I just don't know how big of one.

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/8/2012 @ 9:01am
Government malfunctionaries have a long tradition of sacrificing tomorrow on the altar of today. But what is the point of Tacoma City Councilmen repenting? Have they commited transgressions against their fellow man, and so they are playing "sin offering?" Or is it that they are grateful for the circumstances to commit transgressions, and so they are playing "gratitude offering?" Their pathetic act isn't symbolic--it's evidence of their confusion.

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 9:05am
Maybe they can start paying people in a new local currency?  

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/8/2012 @ 9:09am
The only reasonable course of action is letting Fredo and his renegade ultra-libertarian followers secede and form the city-state of Fredopia.

Then all the municipalities and states can then learn from Fredopia's successes and horrifying mistakes.

by Jesse on 5/8/2012 @ 9:10am
Laughing out loud as you draw the council members so well!

This money give back is a great gesture and a way to lead by example but the down side is that it underscores the lack of truly successful business people we have on the council.

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 9:10am
this is where WalMart bribes would come in handy.

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 9:12am
Marty Campbell created lasting memories.  That's got to count for something!  

by fredo on 5/8/2012 @ 9:28am
 " The only reasonable course of action is letting Fredo and his renegade ultra-libertarian followers secede and form the city-state of Fredopia." thorax

I wouldn't describe myself as an "ultra-libertarian" but certainly I would rebuild city government from a conservative prospective.  The government of Fredopia would declare the city priorities and fund them accordingly. No spending decisions would be entertained until the priorities were funded. Every priority item would be purchased at the absolute lowest cost even if it meant bidding it out to private contractors. Left over money would be placed in a reserve fund and then taxes would be lowered. Lower property taxes, lower sales taxes, lower excise taxes, lower admission taxes. This would boost Tacoma's attractiveness to people looking for affordable lifestyles.  I can tell you this, in my city state those 700 people earning $100K+ at city hall would have their salaries altered to reflect today's market realities.   

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 9:34am
i'd buy a battery operated scooter for walmart expeditions with my Fredopia tax refund check.  It's like having "W" back!  

by The Jinxmedic on 5/8/2012 @ 9:48am
Fredo City could be an independent and self-administering enclave within the borders of the City of Tacoma, much like Fircrest (but with more entertaining commentary.)

by fredo on 5/8/2012 @ 9:54am

Fredo's House o'Scooters, I like it!

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 12:35pm
Meanwhile! Way to go Jake Fey. Somebody is going on Mr. Smiley's advice

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 12:39pm
free money!   trick will be diverting it to something useful 

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 12:40pm
savings! is this good for waste connections ?

by Maria on 5/8/2012 @ 1:57pm
It really is a nice gesture, especially in light of pay cuts and lack of raises for other city employees. No one has to do this, but those who willingly did / were able show courage and empathy for what other staff are facing.

Since the only way to balance the budget is to cut expenses and increase revenue, I commend the elected officials who are modeling for the city that sometimes we have to (and can) live on a smaller household budget.

Perhaps those who are turning in traveling and training receipts can also work to reduce expenses by teleconferencing, finding online resources or conducting phone conferences.

Still, all these actions are small compared with budget difficulties (especially in light of news that "creative" accounting has shifted funds from more than one department to cover overruns in other departments...sheesh). But symbolic actions are meaningful and do help with morale and vision. And really, if the city saves $20k here, $20k there, it does add up.

by cisserosmiley on 5/8/2012 @ 2:14pm
On behalf of Jake Fey I would like to thank the labor council for the endorsement of Jake Fey. Jake Fey would like all to know he respects LW, and wishes central Tacoma spit luck trying to get their council rep to Olympia when there is a rich dude from NE Tacoma who wants it!

by fredo on 5/8/2012 @ 2:36pm

Jake Fey is really an enigma. He frequently sounds like a conservative and is able to raise all kinds of good counterpoints to the other council members positions, yet when it's time to vote he usually goes right along with the rest of the cult, I mean the council. 

by cisserosmiley on 5/8/2012 @ 3:22pm
You have to be a "D" to win elections here...even if you are a conservative. In honor of this enigma, I will run as a "R" while advocating for socialist style reforms.

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 3:24pm
Fey is a skilled statesmen. He is the inevitable choice.

by JesseHillFan on 5/8/2012 @ 4:48pm
If you ever need one of those EPAMD electric scooters here are the very best models.Very inexpensive yet very very fast (one model is capable of 32 mph though I'd opt for the hill climbing gear accessory which would make it have a slower top speed).Besides 25 mph is the top legal allowed speed for EPAMD's in WA state.This model is currently sold out.Has a lot of range with a beefy 48 volt 12 ampere Lithium Iron Phosphate battery.Hills will of course drastically lower the range Much much better than a Walmart scooter.

by The Jinxmedic on 5/8/2012 @ 4:51pm
"We're all in this together"? Not on the east side, we're not. The east side is completely "off the radar", although Marty makes a valiant (although ultimately futile) effort.

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 4:55pm
buck up!  At least you're not getting a Walmart!

by NineInchNachos on 5/8/2012 @ 5:01pm
fun details.  If I was Eric Anderson I'd be baking myself on all that refracted asphalt heat.  So nice this week.  

by JesseHillFan on 5/8/2012 @ 8:33pm
NiN only lives about 2.3 miles cycling distance from me though it seems a lot closer than that.

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2012 @ 7:36am
hang in there anders! 

by NineInchNachos on 12/5/2012 @ 8:18am

by cisserosmiley on 12/5/2012 @ 8:34am
Tacoma will be an urban planning/civic management nightmare case study in future social science text books.

by JesseHillFan on 12/5/2012 @ 4:33pm

Don't give tax breaks (welfare) to the rich.

by low bar on 12/5/2012 @ 11:20pm
Tax medical weed. Fix streets and schools. DUH.

Or do whatever Portland is doing. Get rid of sales tax and create state income tax. DER.