Carin serves as Chair of the 32nd District Democrats. Her commentary is in reaction to Shoreline City Council majority action to reduce Public Comment time and eliminate "Political Speech" for an candidate who wants to address the Council at a meeting.
The Shoreline City Council didn’t like to hear from the voters so they voted to discontinue listening to us.
At their City Council meeting 4/26 by a vote of 4 to 3, Democracy was
trampled in the City of Shoreline.
When the colonists met to craft the , the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, they rejected the European model of rule by the few – the Aristocratic elite – in favor of self-government by the informed deliberations and actions of the people: a democracy.
Our Democracy is founded on government transparency which allows the people access to the information we need to deliberate – to reason together --- to participate in seeking solutions to challenging . Democratic dialogue between citizens and elected officials requires mechanisms for the people to communicate with their elected officials about issues the people think important – not the other way around.
There is no other forum that gathers all the city council members together, sitting before the people, listening to the people talk – the modern version of the colonial town hall meeting. Listening to the people speak is part of the democratic responsibility of elected officials.
No one said elected officials have to agree with the content of the people’s voice, but in a democracy, they have to listen. Otherwise, we have what: an oligarchy? A plutocracy? Fascism? An aristocracy? A quasi-judicial cabal?
What do we call this form and practice of government in the City of Shoreline?
Carin Chase, Chair
32nd Legislative District Democrats