It takes a village

opinionIt’s been real…
By E. I. Sto. Domingo

The Washington State Legislature passed the capital budget with a 1.2million allocation to the FCS’ Village Development. Great news right?

Apparently not so with others, who have contacted state legislators to rescind the much needed financial boost to the FCS Village project.

This is sad because, the opponents of the current FCS Board have said to me that they have no problems with the Village project. In fact, they support it. I must’ve misheard the information. No wait, I didn’t, I have it on tape.

Oh well big deal right. And who cares? Well, some of us do care about what happens in our community.

Some of us do want the Philippine Village constructed and be able to provide low-income housing for seniors. And we do appreciate legislators recognizing the need to fund a historic project. But this was never a given. It took our leaders due diligence in persuading state legislators that this is something they can affix their stamp on. And they did.

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I just received anonymously a copy of the complaint against the current FCS board, which was signed by 13 individuals, some of whom I knew and others I know of. It’s interesting to note that some of the most vocal and known opponents of the FCS board and the issue of governance are, ready for this — missing! They probably don’t want the accolades, kinda’ working behind the scenes.

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According to the cover letter, the complainants are willing to talk and resolve this issue by discussion, including mediation, otherwise, they are forced to litigate. As of this writing, a plan of a sitdown between the two sides are now in the offing. That’s good news right?

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If the opposition really wants to work on the issue of the FCS board and its decisions, then stick to that. If they are really supportive of the grand plan of a Philippine Village, then backdoor campaigning against the Village needs to stop.

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Pista Sa Nayon — this is the annual rite of summer when Pinoys of all ages converge on a patch of land called Seward Park. This is also that time of the year when Seward Park gets Filipinized! Ok just made that up. Anyway, kudos to Cindy Cawaling and all the volunteers for making Pista a place to be at in July.

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So for those of you going to Pista for the first time – keep in mind don’t go psst unless you want all of the Pinoys to turn and look at you.

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I was going to write about the crazy politics from the motherland like I usually do, but this time decided not to. All the backstabbing, lies and the quench for power seemed to dominate the Philippine headlines. Thank God we don’t experience this kind of muck in our own community. Whoa, did I just say that.

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It’s been real…

 

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