When I speak of open government and public records, some roll their eyes and say it is my imagination.

And if the reader is from the fire department or a friend, they call bullshit.

 

But here is one example of withholding information until the last possible second.

 

Remember when Roger Flygare, the combat vet who claims falsely multiple tours in Vietnam and proudly thrusts his, according to some, self awarded, Purple Heart around, and who, at the Federal Way Mirror’s candidate forum, boasted to have been hand picked to be on the Pro committee for the upcoming ballot measure?

Obviously, things were nicely in place to assign a Pro committee.

In response, about a week later I sent an email to all five commissioners requesting to be on the Con committee.

 

Then a week or so later, I read in the Mirror that I need to submit my request to Lauri Perry at the fire district. So I do that on July 23rd.

They set an arbitrary closing date of August 5th at 8am. Three full business days until the committee assignments needed to be sent in on August 7th. Included information was who the spokesperson was, and contact information.

Given the deadlines with King County Elections, it would seem reasonable that the seating of the committees would be done that same week and the members notified accordingly.

So, when Saturday morning came, and no notice from Lauri Perry, I assumed I was not selected. That morning I sent an email to Elections asking who the committee members were.

 

Executive Assistant Lauri Perry must work weekends, too. And there must be someone working at Elections on Saturday that could contact her in case of emergency. Because at about half past 4 that evening I get an email from Ms Perry naming the two members of the Con committee, and I am one of them. It is sorely lacking basic information though. Other than the message “Please follow the directions on the King County Elections website to draft and submit a con statement” with no links.

 

For example, if you were going to write a statement, for or against, a measure, would it not be reasonable to include the resolution or ballot measure language with the email? Or, since a single point of contact is required by Elections, how about telling the committee who the district chose as spokesperson.

Or, even the most basic of all information, how about what the rules are for preparing a statement? Who to file with? When it is due?

Nah. Why share any of that? Is there a statue saying the district must do so?

 

On Monday, I sent a request to Ms. Perry asking for the text of the resolution. It was sent to me the next day.

 

Also on Monday, so that I knew who was the the district had chosen as spokesperson for my committee, I sent a request to Ms. Perry asking for a copy of the committee information filed with Elections.

 

Remember, Elections has deadlines and they are cast in stone. Miss it and too bad. NO EXCEPTIONS!

 

The district waited until nearly three o’clock Thursday afternoon to provide me with the information they should have sent a week prior.

 

The deadline with Elections?

 

Oh, plenty of time. That isn’t until 4:30. Thursday.

While the Pro committee enjoys weeks of preparation, full favor of the district and full access to whatever they want or need to meet requirements, the district is very comfortable hiding information and delaying release of critical information to the Con committee.

 

Not that there is a requirement to be civil mind you. But it just underscores the games at this district.

 

Playing games is commonplace, but playing games with what they call critical bond measure, $39 million in equipment and repairs, is just another example of your district administration thumbing their nose at the citizens.

 

And about those games.

Normal procedure with King County Elections is to exchange the committee statements the same day as the deadline, knowing time is critical to formulate rebuttals.

 

But, alas, not this year. Deadline is Monday, Elections did not forward the statements Thursday.

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