Category Archives: John Hopkins

Hopkins, Circus Ringleader

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“It’s a brand new and wonderful council” exclaims Hopkins further stating “The citizens did not like our reputation as a bickering council.”

Oddly enough, the person who created the dissent and encouraged two or three people to continually attack three council members was none other than John Hopkins himself.

Hopkins is the master of manipulation and did so by forwarding city council emails to folks like Chris Chisholm enticing him to verbally attack council members (email obtained via PRR [Ed- Public Records Request]).

  • Hopkins orchestrated now Councilmember Farris’ sudden appearance at a council meeting attacking threecouncil members, demanding they resign, step down and never hold public office again to include calling the City Attorney (now City Manager) a liar and stating that he should be disbarred.
  • This followed on the heels of Hopkins being exposed for non-payment of fees and taxes to Labor and Industries as well as to the US Government for social security and Medicare with holdings for employees.
  • Hopkins used his British buddy Dave Churchman to harass and attempt to intimidate council members through use of the Public Records Act. Hopkins went as far as creating a scenario for a violation of the Open Meeting Act, then had Churchman contact Arthur West who in turn filed a lawsuit against the city. City emails obtain under the Public Records Act show that Hopkins has shared confidential information from Executive Sessions with Dave Churchman who in turn has attempted to use it against the city and or respective council members.
  • He like his mentor, Kathy Turner, are oblivious to the Open Meeting Act requirements. Public records show that Hopkins violated the OMA while serving as the chair of the Ad Hoc committee charged with interviewing and recommending appointments to city boards and commissions.
  • In one case, the committee selected an applicant for continuance on the Civil Service Commission. After the meeting adjourned, Hopkins apparently had second thoughts, contacted Councilmember Shadko telephonically and convinced her to change her vote. Hopkins in turn left a message on Councilmember Swanson’s voice mail (now a public record) indicating he and Shadko had changed their votes therefore an emergency meeting had to be convened—without public notice. Hopkins and Shadko then appointed Paul Mahoney, an ally of Hopkins’ to the Civil Service Commission.
  • Hopkins has no moral compass as evidenced in part by his change in perspective on repayment of Interfund Loans. Repayment of these loans in either 2014 or 2015 based on published budget documents would have converted debt to cash for use in 2017 enabling more infrastructure projects (roads, sewers, water) to be addressed. Hopkins and Palmer have spearheaded side tracking as much year-end funding as possible by stripping Tier 3 (year-end) projects of funding, diverting up to 40% of LTAC funding (by law to be used only for tourism) and by foregoing early repayment of interfund loans in order to build Palmer’s dream sports complex.
  • The council majority already raised your utility rates 26% and is now contemplating raising your sewer rates somewhere between 21% and 38%–as cited in the current draft sewer plan.

“It a brand new wonderful council” that will spend this city back into debt on pet projects that provide no benefit to the majority of the citizens.”

 

Mike Jones

First appeared in the comments section of a TNT article online.

Filed under John Hopkins, John Palmer

Is Councilman John Hopkins involved in an illegal drug operation?

King 5 reports that a property owned Deputy Mayor John Hopkins has been raided for illegal drug production.

They also report that one person, who is in the US illegally, has been arrested. They further report that he is from Britain, just as Hopkins is, and around the same age.

This is hardly the first time Hopkins has been associated with or accused of being involved in illegal practices, even within the last year.

Hopkins claims no knowledge of the illegal actions of his tenant going by the name “Dutch Masters Organic Grow” or their trafficking of the illegal drugs to a nearby store front selling the products.

A quick internet search of “Dutch Masters Organic Grow” reveals many links to cannabis production and oil extraction processes including some specific products they produce and sell.

Is it then hard to swallow that Hopkins honestly believed this was a medical records business?

One might also wonder if this is related to Hopkins complete 180 reversal on the marijuana ban earlier this year when he publicly stated he changed his mind and that a marijuana producer was interested in renting from him.

There has been no word yet if Hopkins tight knit voting block on the council (Palmer, Shadko and Door) knew about this operation while also reconsidering the ban earlier this year.

Many citizens are already calling for Hopkins resignation.

Filed under John Hopkins

Too Bad No One Warned Them…

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Puyallup has often been plagued by lawsuits. Many would say they have been the result of corrupt or incompetent leadership. As you can see below, as a candidate, District 1 Councilman John Hopkins attempted to be the champion of ending costly litigation.

“I believe the City has squandered money on pointless litigation…”

-Candidate John Hopkins, 2011 Pierce County Voters Pamphlet

“Against – Excessive and Expensive Litigation”

-Candidate John Hopkins, 2011 “June Brochure”

“Establish good risk management to eliminate expensive litigation. Done.”

-Candidate & Councilman John Hopkins, 2013 Campaign Info Card

“We are now basically law suit free… YEAH!”

-Candidate & Councilman John Hopkins, 10/1/13 www.electjohnhopkins.com

With that job apparently “done” he has changed tactics and is now soliciting for new lawsuits.

For months the business community, voters,staff, and even likely from the city’s own attorneys had warned the council, but it seems that he is incapable of taking sound advice.

The following new and costly lawsuit is presented without further comment.

Click here to read the full lawsuit.

 

 

 

Filed under City Council 2014, John Hopkins, John Palmer, Julie Door, Tax Payers Money Wasted, Uncategorized

Vote for the Common Sense Team

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This mailer, that all Puyallup residents should have received yesterday , is from the National Association of Realtors.

This ad was not authorized by any candidate.

Realtors want to sell properties. Things that help sell properties: safe neighborhoods, good streets, and quality parks are all things they know these three can deliver.

Once again, another reason to vote Hopkins, Hastings, and McNutt.

Filed under Chris McNutt, City Council 2013, John Hopkins, Steve Hastings

Endorsements for Nov. 5

We are less than two weeks away from Election Day, ballots have been mailed, and the final push is on for November 5.

When thinking about how/should we endorse candidates we decided there is nothing we can say that hasn’t already been said. So, we decided instead to take what others have said and showcase the highlights.

One quick note, though. All six of the candidates have touted their emphasis on improving and attracting businesses to Puyallup. Working with local chambers of commerce would seem to be a natural avenue to take. Looking at the Tacoma-Pierce County Voter’s Guide shows only three of the six candidates have responded to their questionnaire. (As of this writing) You can view that guide by clicking here.

The three candidates that responded, John Hopkins in District 1, Steve Hastings in District 2 and Chris McNutt is District 3 are also the three candidates we endorse for City Council .

Of course, we do not endorse them just because they responded to the chamber. But, we do believe that their taking the time to do so indicates one of their qualifications: follow-through.

As you’ll see in the quotes below, follow-through, trust, and a wealth of life experience and knowledge contribute to their value as council members.

“Since being appointed to the planning commission in 2010, Steve Hastings has initiated the concept of adding an Economic Development Commission. This concept has been sent to staff and council; if adopted, it will result in the creation of a new citizen volunteer group tasked with developing ways to eliminate barriers for new businesses.”
-Diana Martin, TNT

“McNutt has straightforward ideas on traffic, budget and parks. Puyallup needs a councilmember who is clear and direct. I believe this to be McNutt. Speaking with him and his wife as they went door to door a few weeks back strengthened my support.”

-Tracy Taylor, TNT

“During Hopkins’ last two years on the council, he has proven that he is one of the most prepared and informed council members in decades, always voting based on facts, not emotion.”

- Steve Shores, TNT

“Chris McNutt was an amazing resource as he helped to bridge the gap between concerned community members and city council members, as well as other state officials. Every one of the Shaw Come Together volunteers relied heavily on McNutt’s wisdom, information, contacts and skills.”

- Tina Burns, Puyallup Herald

As you fill out your ballot look at candidate websites and read their endorsement lists. See where their support comes from. You’ll see on Hopkins, Hastings, and McNutt’s lists numerous long-time Puyallup residents who have volunteered their time to improve our community. They deserve your vote on November 5.

Filed under Chris McNutt, City Council 2013, John Hopkins, Steve Hastings