I've been attending port meetings in Olympia for a while now, to be a participatory citizen. I have witnessed the most egregious behavior by two of the port commissioners, Bill McGregor and Joe Downing, in which they simply dismiss items put on the night's meeting agenda by the third commissioner, E.J. Zita.
It's happened many times, most recently at the last meeting. A seemingly quite important item specifically about a Supreme Court case involving open meeting laws (ironic!) was struck from the meeting agenda by that 2-to-1 vote, the men against the woman.
If they don't want to talk about it, it's eliminated. How this can be legal in the first place, boggles my mind. Regardless, it's unacceptable and rudely marginalizing, and it cannot stand.
The port (which represents all of us in Thurston County) has been losing our tax dollars on the marine terminal, is ignoring comprehensive Superfund-type clean-up in the east bay, is lackluster on progressive business ventures, and has no clue about a vision for the modern port city.
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I am certainly voting for Bill Fishburn to replace McGregor in the election for commissioner. He seems to have his ethical and financial ducks in a row, and his vision and heart intact. With Zita and Fishburn as commissioners, we'd have the chance to bring this operation into the 21st Century.