Recently, there has been some local news in the Mill Creek Beacon related to the new Mill Creek Senior Center that does not accurately reflect the views of our organization, so I’d like to set the record straight.
While I agree with the Council that I was not the most qualified applicant for the Position #1 vacancy, I am appalled that a choice was made that increased the racial and gender homogeny of the City’s representation.
Addressing concerns to the proposed Everett School District Levy and Bond as raised by Jeff Heckathorn
In Response to Jeff Heckatorn’s letter to the editor on the Everett School District Levy and Bond vote on February 13, 2018
Mr. Heckathorn’s letter had 11 main points with a lot of misinformation and a lot of negative emotion against our school district leadership, teachers, and staff. I am hoping to correct the misinformation.
1) Concern that no progress is being made on elementary #18: Ground will be broken at the new school in April, on plan. There is extensive work that needs to be done after a Bond is approved and before construction can begin on any project.
I am writing about the upcoming Everett School District Levy and Bond on the ballot for February 13th, 2018.
Here are some facts that are persuading me to vote a certain way on both of these measures.
The following statement was read to the Mill Creek City Council at their regular January 2, 2018, meeting.
Hello. Last month, my request that the court disqualify Sean Kelly from the 2017 election was upheld, but my request for an order that his votes be discounted was denied on procedural grounds. Because the denial did not rule on the merits of the case, the possibility existed to make corrections and seek a new hearing. In practice, I have decided that it is in no one's best interest to extend that process.
Our City Manager and our Mayor have failed our citizens. When confronted in September with information that Sean Kelly had moved out of the city, they placed their heads in the sand. As a result, voters were disenfranchised by not being given accurate information regarding his eligibility to hold office.
Why didn’t they investigate? Did they know he was ineligible and planned to appoint someone they approved of after the election? Or were they just clueless about the law?
By the time the residents of Mill Creek are reading this I hope that Sean Kelly has resigned his position as a Mill Creek Councilman, and has advised his fellow councilmembers and the City Manager that he will be repaying his past five months of salary since he was not legally able to serve since he moved out of the city in July. This amounts to $2,500.
Mill Creek’s voters’ outrage was in full force when we voted for one of our incumbents to continue to serve as a city councilman. Mill Creek’s rebellious streak was made clear that we would not put up with a non-incumbent-candidate.
This seems to be apparent that even though we were forewarned and on 11-17-17 it was verified by the Snohomish County Canvasing Board that since July 2017 Councilperson Shawn Kelly was not a legal city citizen.
It is time we change our thinking on Alzheimer’s disease. Too often Alzheimer’s and other dementias are treated as an aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the U.S. develops every 66 seconds.