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Marijuana moratorium, new police cars | Q&A with Mr. Federal Way

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Mr. Federal Way
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Q: Mr. Federal way, the city currently has a moratorium on retail marijuana businesses. Do you agree with the city, or do you think Federal Way has a permanent moratorium on common sense thinking?

A: Mr. Federal Way thinks the city is being prudent with the issue for the time being. While the Federal government has said it will stay hands off, Mr. Federal Way has his doubts, because, well, they’re the federal government.
Mr. Federal Way also remembers in 2011 when some legislation regarding marijuana was before former Gov. Christine Gregoire, and the Drug Enforcement Agency raided every dispensary in Spokane the day before Gregoire was set to approve and/or veto the bill. She eventually vetoed most of the bill, but did leave enough in it that the current medical marijuana collective gardens were allowed.
Mr. Federal Way thinks city leadership would probably be foolish to outright ban marijuana retail businesses. In a city that’s trying to find some source of economic revitalization and, like every other municipality in the state, trying to find ways to increase tax revenues, it seems silly for the city to turn its back on what’s anticipated to be a lucrative income stream for all involved.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, I heard the mayor planned to have new paint on the city’s police cars by June. Have you heard anything about this or, better yet, do have any secret pictures of said paint you can share? Thanks dude or dudette.
A: Mr. Federal Way has indeed heard some whispers that Mayor Jim Ferrell made it an early objective of his to repaint the city’s police cars. Why this is an objective, Mr. Federal Way couldn’t really tell you. And no, Mr. Federal Way doesn’t have any secret photos of the paint yet, mostly because Mr. Federal Way’s spy drone is in the shop right now.
But Mr. Federal Way did find out that the Federal Way Police Department expects to receive seven new police cars in the next few days. City officials expect the process to detail the cars will take approximately 45-60 days before the cars will be completed and released into the fleet.
The new cars will be phased in during the city’s regular vehicle replacement schedule. In doing so, city officials are able to bring in the new car design without additional cost. Sounds like a fiscally conservative way to do things, in Mr. Federal Way’s opinion.
Q: Saw you guys ran another story on red light cameras. What’s Tim Eyman’s phone number? We have got to get these repealed. This isn’t a safety issue; it’s a good old fashioned money grab. By the way, I’ll bet no City Council member or city employee has ever had to pay this fine. These probably just “disappear.” That seems cynical, but likely accurate.
A: Mr. Federal Way thinks traffic cameras are quite the racket, for the most part. While the cities can counter that the cameras eventually do end up correcting behaviors at the intersections they’re installed at, Mr. Federal Way thinks everyone’s smart enough to realize these things become valuable revenue streams for the cities who use them.
Mr. Federal Way also knows that the traffic camera companies have had some questionable issues in the past, most notably in Everett in 2011, when it was discovered a traffic camera executive was posting anonymously in the comments section of the Everett Herald, trying to drum up support to have the city adopt them.
Mr. Federal Way remembers that the executive in question was from the same company that runs Federal Way’s camera systems, and that at one point, 137 infractions from Federal Way were reversed because of a glitch in the company’s systems.
Mr. Eyman can be found at www.voterswantmorechoices.com, and Mr. Federal Way thinks you’re likely correct in your other observation.
Q: Mr. Federal Way, what did you do for the Fourth of July?
A: None of your business.

 

 

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