LETTER: Mark Ufkes responds to Dobkin/Giba Letter to the Editor


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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]

Dear Editor:

The letter from Barbara Dobkin and Liz Giba requires a response, since they mentioned with word “deceit” regarding my recent letter to the editor on this important Burien B-Town Blog community site. As background, I submitted a freedom of information request to the King County Executive’s office asking for all King County executive staff meetings and communication in 2013 related to White Center annexation, who attended, and when meetings were held. I received three pages of outlines of meetings as a start. At that time, I was called and the King County executive staff requested a meeting to discuss annexation. We met at the 3.14 Bakery in White Center, where, after the meeting was over, I had a wonderful slice of Rhubarb pie. We talked for over an hour and a half about the information, the personalities and what the future lies related to the annexation issue. Based on that meeting, I withdrew my continued information request, as my conversation with staff, and the documents already provided, clearly showed that Burien was still attending annexation meetings with King County.

At the good pie meeting, I was told that the only voices that have been heard from White Center on annexation since the dramatic rejection of Burien last November were Liz Giba and Barbara Dobkin, who had met with annexation staff, called annexation staff multiple times, always with the emphasis on getting Burien back in the annexation game. Interesting that Giba and Dobkin did not provide this information in their letter of complaint. Also, at the good pie meeting, it was strongly implied that they both had met with Dow himself (or at least talked with him). Regardless, they were continuing to put pressure on the executive office to keep Burien annexation of White Center alive. To leave out these details in their letter of complaint would have clouded their claim of deceit, so they didn’t mention these truths.

They also claimed in their letter that they hardly “cross paths” with pro-annexation Burien City Council members Rose Clark and Joan McGilton. Both Giba and Dobkin are leaders in the pro Burien annexation group North Highline UAC. Guess who attended the twice monthly UAC meetings for over a year prior to the annexation vote? You guessed it; Rose Clark, Mike Martin and sometimes Joan McGilton. And guess who attended the recent King County Library System board meetings to lobby to push the new White Center library out of White Center and into Burien? You guessed it again. Dobkin, Giba, and Burien city council members Rose Clark, Joan McGilton and Gerry Robison. When they lost the Library board vote, due to the overwhelmingly strong testimony of 14 White Center residents, and dozens and dozens of letters and emails asking that the new White Center library stay in White Center, Giba, Dobkin, and Clark huddled in the corner, staring at our large group as we left the meeting to celebrate the smart decision that the KCLS had just made for the people of White Center. Regardless of what they want readers to believe, they are all very close associates. I am not making this stuff up folks.

Finally, who do Giba and Dobkin support in the Burien election? Rose Clark, Joan McGilton, Lauren Berkowitz and Joey Martinez, all pro annexation candidates. Finally, Giba and Dobkin claim in their complaint letter that they were remaining silent until now out of respect for the Burien election process. Actually, they were remaining silent because they fear that their push on Burien to continue annexation efforts would hurt these candidates in the election next Tuesday. After the election, if the pro annexation candidates are on the Burien city council, the push will start again, with even more force than before. The choice is simple. Burien First candidates, who are moving away from annexation, are Wagner, Armstrong, Block and Tosta. Vote accordingly.

– Mark L. Ufkes
White Center

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