To the editor,
The hubris and power that Mayor Olness has repeatedly displayed on her public Facebook re-election page should be alarming for everyone in Black Diamond, and in southeast King County.
She appears to have excessive confidence in her own judgment and contempt for the advice or criticism of others.
Her continued public Facebook references to the Black Diamond Police, as both a source of information and her inference of inside information regarding police complaints of the opponents “Sign Man” as she calls him, should cause concern greater than any MPDs, schools or tax issues.
It isn’t the first time Olness has brought up references to the Black Diamond Police to further some unknown agenda or provide a false sense of validity. We first saw this at the MPD hearings, which had a heavy police presence and at times the police escorted the Mayor from public hearings.
We saw it again when the Mayor canceled the K-9 fundraisers and refused to accept a community group’s donation to support the K-9 program. The police were drug out again as a political tool after an internal meeting between Mayor Olness, former City Administrator Pete Butkus, and councilmembers Benson and Deady was somehow leaked with false information to the public that Benson and Deady wanted to eliminate the police department.
Olness’ Facebook comments also continue to display her contempt for any constituent that doesn’t support her or vote for her as lacking knowledge and reasonableness, which was noted by (Doug) Ostgard (in a letter to the editor published Sept. 5).
Hundreds of members of the public have taken the time to speak publicly regarding their desire for the city to grow in a fiscally and environmentally manageable way, not to just grow. Olness’ administration continues to confuse technical approvals of the MPD as justification of 6,050 homes. They have nothing to do with each other — whether these agreements are upheld in pending court decisions or not the city of Black Diamond and the City Council had sole power to control the size of the MPDs.
Nothing in the State’s Growth Management Act dictated approval of 6,050 homes in Black Diamond. Even though the MPDs are approved there is still much interpretation and implementation of the agreements that require administration and oversight and it is important to have someone who represents the public at large lead that effort, not just someone whose posts and actions make it clear they care only for a few of the so called elders and the developer.
Finally, in my opinion, Olness crossed the line with her public comments of disdain regarding her opponent (Dave) Gordon showing up to participate in handing out school supplies to needy children. Really? I have committed my life to helping those less fortunate and in need of a hand up, and I find it incredibly sad that a public servant would tear down anyone who volunteers, misses work to help others, donates their time, money or expertise to uplift humanity.
In fact, if anything positive has come from the turmoil in Black Diamond it surely is the massive participation of so many for the good of their community, old, young, working, and retired. In that area Black Diamond should be proud!
Please remember to vote on Election Day. Support Gordon, Benson, Edelman, Morgan.