The commissioners once again prove working in a vacuum is preferred. Especially if you are destined to make sure the project fails.

In this example, we have the decision to make official video recordings of some meetings.

Last February, in an effort to make sure the videos available to the public were fair and balanced (and to counter videos that I published), the commissioners decided to video tape their regular meetings and post them on the official South King Fire & Rescue website.

This action was like many this board rushes into. Solely focused and not at all thought out. Ignorant of feedback from the intended audience and woefully self-fulfilling. Designed for failure and crafted in a vacuum.

As you know, I have posted several video clips of sections of some of the meetings I have attended and video recorded this past year. And even though I am not IT educated, I can tell you if any were viewed and how many times. I even accept comments on them for direct feedback.

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SKF&R decides to post video recordings of meetings

The action by the district was to be a six month trial period. If accepted by the public, there was discussion of possibly continuing the practice.

In order to ensure failure, the board designed in the fatal flaw, and practiced it for guaranteed failure.

Every time the subject was mentioned, maintaining control was brought up, however at no time was reaching out to the public suggested. So, if you were not actually in the meetings, a district employee, or stumbled onto the web page, you never knew the videos existed.

 

Ironic isn’t it?

If you were able to attend the meetings, then you may have had no further need to view them on video.

But if you were not able to attend, then you had no idea of the scheme to make videos and post them. Unless you were told by someone that was at a meeting.

So while the stated goal was open and accessible information for the public, at no time was there any attempt to let the public even know the recordings ever existed.Catch-22.

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Was there a press release?

No

Did the Public Information Officer let it slip to the Federal way Mirror?

Nada

Was there an announcement on any publications from the district?

Not

Did anyone on the board think to write a letter to the editor announcing the intention and maybe asking for feedback?

Nil

Was there even a message posted in the district office for all to see?

Nope

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Instead, showing the true colors of a knee jerk reaction to having a private citizen record the meetings, nothing.

Also, the district admits they have no way of even knowing if anyone viewed their videos. Apparently, they couldn’t, or didn’t care to, place a counter on the page or counter on the movie clips.

But, again, this was a project destined for failure and let us not actually measure anything productive, we might alter the course.

Survey says…

At the December commissioners meeting, it was announced that the results of the survey were very positive, however, the practice would cease effective immediately.

Commissioner Thompson made a grand affair of the sole respondent to the online survey. I think it was probably filled out by a district employee, maybe even one of the commissioners.

Survey? What survey, you ask?

Well, if you did happen to stumble onto the recorded meetings, it was at the bottom of the page.

Another perfectly executed example of designing for failure and making sure you accomplish your goal.

 

Here’s a logical conclusion:

The knee-jerk reaction to video recording meetings has ebbed because the commissioners are no longer concerned with making sure the information is accurate and available.

They are extremely satisfied that this blog accomplishes that goal.

Compliment, although tacit, is accepted. And, you’re welcome.

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Now, why are we still wasting over $230,000 each year on interest only for a failed training center project? Another decision that was made without public input or approval and is simply a drain on the ever shrinking budget.

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