LETTER: ‘I am somewhat distressed by last Monday’s City Council meeting…’


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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:

I am somewhat distressed by last Monday’s City Council meeting and the election of Jimmy Matta as Mayor.

I voted and worked for Jimmy and the four progressive candidates.

However, when anyone at all starts in a new organization, he/she does not start at the top. You need to learn the ropes, study, and work your way up, no matter what your position or status was in a previous organization. It seems to me arrogant and actually not smart to try to start in the top spot. It is not smart because one can find oneself failing badly in an attempt to bypass the accepted order of things.

I do not want Jimmy and the progressives to fail. The election for Matta and Olguin was closer than I expected it to be (Olguin (51.51% – 48.85%, Matta 51.68%-48.32%). Jimmy and the progressives now represent everyone in Burien, including those who did not vote for them.

I had the impression that the Mayor in Burien has usually been chosen by seniority. The senior person among the progressives, and a highly experienced person in government as a government consultant during her working career, is Nancy Tosta. Nancy also won by the largest margin ((58.39% to 41.61%).

Olguin, Matta, and Marx have a lot of ramping up to do. Just getting through the inch-thick packets each week alone is a challenge along with one’s other responsibilities. Starting with the attitude “I know it all already” is not a good beginning.

Very truly yours,
Claire Yurdin
Burien voter

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