Prologue to Prologue: So now these clowns repeal the head tax, leaving no clear mechanism to fund the mandate to help the poor and homeless. And MERS sits on the table. I have not heard back on my request for records. I'll be pressing on this during he week of the 18th.
Prologue: As my colleague Michelle Darnell aptly points out on her FB page, City Council doesn't mind skyrocketing rents and all of that stuff because the more money you make the busier you are, and you are likely working for an MNC and won't rock the system. The less money you have, the less opportunity you have to rock the system because you're worried about where your next meal is coming from. I think Kshama Sawant is one of the worst offenders when it comes to the banking and MERS. I congratulated her healthily years ago when she squared off and defeated Rich Conlin, and I did free videos for her campaign but now she will not say one damn thing about MERS publicly when she used to march and protest with us. I guess that doesn't look so good on her portfolio these days, right:
I told you 4 years ago that Seattle had a burgeoning crime problem as our windshields were smashed, my bike lit on fire and a stalker roamed the streets of First Hill. My ex and I were assaulted by a mentally unstable person in our apartment building. Our dog was killed by an unscrupulous day care owner while local municipalities largely turned a blind eye. We had to sue (KOMO coverage). Rest and Play in Peace Livi the Wonderdog, we love you.
Now we have opioids in our mussels, people stealing mail by the bushel in Queen Anne, dead people showing up on our public streets in Ridgecrest, a community-minded woman stabbed 60 times allegedly by her deadbeat housemate and a woman raped at a local Volkswagen dealer.
GO FUND ME PAGE.
We all know and love this woman. I don't advocate violence but yah I want to kill the guy; at least punch him in the throat and break his windpipe but I digress. That won't help her heal and she is an amazing person and we wish her nothing but the best in her recovery. But even if we did not know her, this is a post I have been waiting to write for a few days now, ever since returning from two multi-city jaunts in the past month in my former cites of Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas and several more airports to boot:
When I return to Seattle I feel that the City has lost its harmonic or hormonal balances. There is so much rampant homelessness and mental illness around here it's post apocalyptic. I can't put my finger on it but I feel it is the presence of The Devil. I am definitely on an Exit Seattle plan in the next two years. Just spoke to an old mortgage and radio friend of mine who moved to Arizona recently. She couldn't be happier. I won't be going anywhere near Sheriff Joe's Maricopa County, but there are many other possible venues in AZ and beyond that are not poisoned by the seed of the Devil, IMO. That's all I'm going to say. The crime statistics say the rest.
PS: Meanwhile City Council continues to ignore the possibility of suing Mortgage Electronic Registration Services to help pay for solutions to the homeless epidemic. This in spite of the fact that our tax dollars were paid to my colleague Marie McDonnell to conduct a study of the King County Recorder's Office. She recommended suing MERS but I had to leak the study (The David Dayan Intercept story and report) because they refused to provide it and with the exception of Nick Licata they all refused to even allow her to present her findings in public.
Meanwhile Multnomah County -- Portland -- sued MERS and collected $9M. King County is three times the population so we are turning down approximately $25M there, and then eleven other Counties have sued MERS in Oregon as well, still pending. So next week I am going to print this journal entry out and return to City Council and demand all public records where City Attorney Pete Holmes or any City Councilors individually or collectively studied the possibility of suing MERS and the reasons why they have thus far decided not to do so.
If they claim that there are no responsive documents then I want a written explanation from Attorney Holmes as to why he is not working the the County or others to sue MERS. I like Pete. In general I think he's a good City Attorney. But I have no sacred cows and I'm going to ask the difficult questions. It's what I do.
Now Tim (Burgess) et al, y'all can be as mad as you want to be with me, but I'm not the problem I'm only a messenger. And long after I roll out of here the words falling out of my mouth will echo across your individual and collective conscience for the rest of your lives. Every time you walk into that Council Chamber you will remember I told you so. Remember that.