Thursday, November 03, 2005

Will Tent City Win a Two-fer Next Tuesday?

Next Tuesday three tent city opponents are running for election.  Will their opposition to tent city be a plus or a minus?  So far, it’s shaping up to be a minus.  Here are the races:

King County Council - Bob Ferguson vs. Steve Pyeatt — In the primary, Ferguson and his challenger polled well over 20,000 votes, to a mere 8,000 for tent city foe Steve Pyeatt.  Pyeatt was organizer and mastermind of and steadfastly fought tent cities through East King County. On the other hand, Ferguson helped orchestrate the excellent King County tent city ordinance – against the opposition of Pyeatt. Steve’s opposition to tent cities apparently hasn’t improved his longshot odds for the County Council.   The Times, P-I, and Journal all have endorsed Ferguson.

Kirkland City Council – Joan McBride vs. Mike Nykreim — Nykreim sued Kirkland Congregational Church earlier this year for hosting tent city without a permit, but he’s failed to receive the endorsement of any major newspaper.  In fact, he apparently argued with the Journal editorial board during his endorsement interview, earning a rebuke as “not ready” for elective office.

Bellevue City Council – Conrad Lee vs. Vicki Orrico — Conrad Lee was the deciding vote against a 90-day tent city stay.  His opponent has received endorsements from all major dailies, raising the question of why this 12-year incumbent council member is so poorly thought of by the community.  

We’ll see if Tent City 4 scores a three-fer next Tuesday.  At this writing, it doesn’t look that good for tent city foes!


At 3:06 PM, Blogger PiperScott said...

Not so fast there, Sandy. SHARE/WHEEL shot itself in the foot twice this week with its stupid refusal to cooperate with Safe Harbors and its getting body slammed in the Bellevue permit decision where its incompetence was exposed as a complete humbug when the curtain of "religious exercise" used to cloak the chicanery of the most anti-religious outfit around was thrown open. S/W continues its inexorable and inevitable march toward self destruction just like the inflexible and rigidly ideologically driven outfit that it is.

It's so outrageous that S/W deliberately seeks to maximize the misery of TC4 residents. Force them into tents in the most wretched weather imagineable, refuse to let them indoors, refuse to improve sanitation, refuse to provide another shower, refuse to willingly provide hot water, refuse to work to improve camp conditions, refuse to cooperate with social service agencies, refuse health screening, refuse transitional services, hide records, deny access, close off, wall off, fend off.

Just keep them suffering all for the greater glory of SHARE/WHEEL. Kind of reminds me of the forced collectivization of the Kulaks by the Stalin regime during the late 1920's and early 1930's. But what do you expect? Ideologically, don't they both spring from a common source?

The cataclysmic brinkmanship strategy of the deep thinkers at S/W with it's never ending shriek of "emergency" and phony claims of the need to provide shelter because of homeless deaths has about run its course. Nobody believes the "emergncy" rant anymore. Sorry, Chicken Little, the sky isn't falling.

And the homeless death scare tactic balloon gets burst when the truth is known. How many times have I heard Leo Rhodes promise up one side and down the other that TC4 will NEVER house the, in his words, homeless "drunks and druggies," yet the number one cause of death among King County's homeless is accidental while intoxicated. The very people Leo swears will never be allowed inside TC4 are the very people who are dying.

So, Sandy, a few illusory and quite predictable election outcomes doesn't come anywhere close to countering the reality of the deep - and growing deeper by the day - hole that S/W is digging for itself.

The clock is ticking!

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