Friday LIKES & DISLIKES: City Council Position Nine

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Friday LIKES & DISLIKES: City Council Position Nine

Bill Bradburd and Lorena González review the week’s news.

In the run-up to the August 4 primary election, Fizz’s weekly Friday morning LIKES & DISLIKES will feature the predilections and prejudices of this year’s city council candidates.

For today’s first installment of city council candidate LIKES & DISLIKES, we asked the two at-large Position Nine frontrunners, neighborhood activist Bill Bradburd and civil rights attorney Lorena González, to pick some (local) news from the past week and tell us exactly how they feel about it.

Lorena González is well known as the civil rights lawyer who sued the Seattle Police Department in the infamous “Mexican Piss” case; she also served as Mayor Murray’s legal counsel before deciding to run for city council. Take it away, Ms. González:

1. I LIKE that the Community Police Commission (CPC) had the hutzpah to firmly assert its status as an independent powerhouse by pushing mayor Ed Murray and the city council for police reform legislation now. [The CPC forwarded its reform legislation to the council this week.]

The CPC was created in the wake of the Department of Justice’s imposition of a consent decree on the Seattle Police Department after multiple high profile, recorded incidents of excessive force and racially biased policing. This includes Monetti v. City of Seattle, which I affectionately refer to as the “fucking Mexican piss case”—a case that I was the lead attorney for.

The intent for the CPC’s role was simple: to be a vehicle for community to provide meaningful input to SPD, the mayor and city council on how policing practices and policies may erode public confidence in SPD or disproportionally impact underrepresented communities. [Read the rest of Lorena’s “Like” here.]

2. I DISLIKE that the developer of a West Seattle apartment project has sued the city of Seattle to avoid paying low-income tenants currently living in a building slated for demolition a displacement fee under the tenant relocation assistance ordinance.

Earlier this week, the Seattle P-I reported that developer Blueprint 4528 LLC  has plans to demolish a six-unit apartment building in the Genesee neighborhood of West Seattle, which is a block off of California Avenue Southwest in the West Seattle Junction neighborhood and, coincidentally, just a block away from me.

This property will go from housing six people to 58 people. More housing in this area designated as an urban village is great—except they are refusing to provide the current low-income tenants relocation assistance. The developer has argued, on a strained technicality, that none of these tenants are entitled to apply for relocation assistance under the city’s ordinance because it’s the expiration of a yearly lease that is causing their displacement rather than their plans to demolish the building shortly after the end of those leases. [Read the rest of Lorena’s “Dislike” here.]