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Palmer’s Preposterous Propaganda

Councilman John Palmer has again air dropped some propaganda to his growing email list.

In the latest email, sent from his official city address and therefore intending to imply universal truth and authority, he continued the theme of lies and manipulation which have become typical in how he “communicates” with the voters.

PuyallupNow is classifying his words as lies and manipulation primarily because the alternative would mean that Palmer either believes this crap and is therefore incapable of understanding it, or he is so inept that he couldn’t successfully complete a paint-by-numbers.

We will post his full email at the end of this article, but first, let’s examine a few specific passages. We apologize that the truth is more complex and lengthy than Mr. Palmer would like you to know.


Actual excerpts from his email.


What Palmer might have said, if we were being truthful.




Importantly, when the City established the zoning for this agricultural land in 2009, the vision was for a business park, mixed use village, protected agricultural land, a new city park with trails, and a limiting amount of warehouse type development.


I helped plan the future of our last remaining undeveloped economic center using a failed village concept (based on a idealized section of book published 65 years ago about the boroughs of New York). I’ve virtually declared war on our local farmers and yet still want them to give me trail land for free. I “negotiated” an open space agreement with the land owners, but those promises aren’t good enough for me anymore. The agricultural land has already been preserved, but you see, I don’t like the view from there, so I’m causing havoc to make the warehouse land unsalable.




The idea that these former daffodil fields, which are part of Puyallup’s heritage, would turn into a warehouse district with very large warehouses like Fife and North Sumner was never envisioned.


I paved over those daffodil fields years ago when I created and approved of the current underlying zones. I only mention them here to manipulate you. That part of our heritage is completely gone and the only local daffodil fields left are not within the City of Puyallup at all. Truthfully, no one can stop private companies from building warehouses in this area, but since I don’t believe people have a right to their own property, I’d really like everyone receiving this email to believe and support my lies. Also, warehouses were envisioned, even planned, but I just don’t want them in that specific spot.




However, with the rezone and the potential building of this first large warehouse, the prospect that this whole area could develop into a warehouse district is very real (i.e., once one is built, many may follow).


I still can’t believe people believe the lie that warehouses, or any buildings, are capable of asexual reproduction, but boy does it make for a great soundbite. Nearly that whole area is already zoned to allow warehouses. I just don’t think people are bright enough to question my words.




To address this situation… the new Council will vote on additional design standards for warehouse development in this area. The intent of the design standards are to try to ensure Schnitzer’s proposed warehouse and other potential warehouses are built in a way that is compatible with our community and other types of development envisioned for this area as noted above.


This is my private war with Schnitzer and I sure hope they don’t run adds against me when I’m up for reelection next year. I know full well that their project was already approved by the city and vested. After all, I attached part of it to this very email. Any rules I vote in won’t apply to them. Not only that, but the rules I want to impose were designed for a different draconian zoning purpose, voted down by the planning commission who investigated it thoroughly and are so intentionally restrictive that it would effectively block any new job center in that area.




If passed, warehouses in this area would be limited in size, incorporate landscaping amenities, and truck loading docks would be located away from public view.


If passed, my ludicrous rules would have absolutely no effect unless I am able to invalidate the existing legal contract the city already issued. I believe that we can make doing business in Puyallup so expensive that no one will be able to do so.




Tuesday’s City Council is an opportunity for you to provide your views on this issue.


Sharpen the pitchforks, light the torches, and parrot my talking points back to me so I can point and say “look, everyone spontaneously agreed with me.”




I want to stress that I believe there is a “win-win” solution for this area that includes quality development with jobs, acquisition of park land with sports fields, protection of some Ag land, and the land owners receiving high value for the sale of their land.


I have no interest in compromise. Just a few weeks ago I tossed out a plan proposing even bigger warehouses so that I might get a chance at imposing my corrupted will on others. I don’t care about jobs, and the agricultural set aside is already in place and not in danger, but I want the land owners to suffer for supporting my political opponents.




Thank you for your interest in our community.


Please believe my lies, don’t investigate my claims, and just be outraged. Then as I dictate how others will use their own land, I’ll get an expensive park named after me.


 

The full, unedited email is below.

 

From: JPalmer@ci.puyallup.wa.us
Subject: Van Lierop Property/Proposed Warehouse
Date: Sun, 18 May 2014 17:06:00 +0000

To: [List withheld]

Dear Concerned Citizens:

I want to provide an update on the development issues related to the Van Lierop property near the Shaw Road Overpass. As you probably know, last November the rezone was approved by last year’s City Council to expand the allowable area for warehouse development. As a result, Seattle developer Schnitzer West has submitted an application to the City to develop a 471,031 sq. ft. warehouse (about the size of 8-9 football fields). Attached is the official site plan.

Importantly, when the City established the zoning for this agricultural land in 2009, the vision was for a business park, mixed use village, protected agricultural land, a new city park with trails, and a limiting amount of warehouse type development. The idea that these former daffodil fields, which are part of Puyallup’s heritage, would turn into a warehouse district with very large warehouses like Fife and North Sumner was never envisioned. However, with the rezone and the potential building of this first large warehouse, the prospect that this whole area could develop into a warehouse district is very real (i.e., once one is built, many may follow).

To address this situation, at the upcoming City Council Meeting on Tuesday (May 20, 6:30pm @ City Hall), the new Council will vote on additional design standards for warehouse development in this area. The intent of the design standards are to try to ensure Schnitzer’s proposed warehouse and other potential warehouses are built in a way that is compatible with our community and other types of development envisioned for this area as noted above. If passed, warehouses in this area would be limited in size, incorporate landscaping amenities, and truck loading docks would be located away from public view.

Tuesday’s City Council is an opportunity for you to provide your views on this issue.

I want to stress that I believe there is a “win-win” solution for this area that includes quality development with jobs, acquisition of park land with sports fields, protection of some Ag land, and the land owners receiving high value for the sale of their land. This area can be a major asset to our community for future generations if we work together to find solutions and keep with the vision established with the land owners in 2009.

Thank you for your interest in our community. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me or call me at 253-753-8256. See Tuesday’s agenda for more information at: http://www.cityofpuyallup.org/agendas/agenda_publish.cfm?mt=ALL&get_month=5&get_year=2014&dsp=ag&seq=1004

Sincerely,

John Palmer
Puyallup City Council District 2

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