Morgan's Brain

Sep. 10, 2008 at 4:00am

North End Vigilantes Meeting Sept. 9, 2008

For those of you that couldn't make it to the North End Neighborhood Council Meeting - which is basically everyone - here's my wrap-up:

Author and Pierce County Prosecutor, Mark Lindquist, gave a brief but action packed presentation on Tacoma/Pierce County as Dumping Ground (aka more than our fair share of felons). I was familiar with the issue. Having two kids makes one especially aware of criminals in our midst and slightly more vigilant about working to get rid of them. He said a bill was passed this year that should make it a little easier to reduce the number of felons released in Pierce County, but more needs to be done. Snohomish County releases zero inmates into their county and on a per capita basis, King County releases half as many criminals into their county. Where are they going? You guessed it! Right here, right now, for thirty years and counting.

I was a little late to the meeting and took an open seat next to a Department of Corrections officer. Awkward. I'm sure he counted down the day to his retirement everytime Mark said the letters "D-O-C" - which was like 53 times over the duration of his 12 minute presentation.

For an overview, check out the Tacoma City Club report, THIRTY YEARS OF DOC IN PIERCE COUNTY: IS IT WORTH IT?
"Examining the impact of the Washington State Department of Corrections’ offender release and work release programs on Pierce County, and the impact of those programs on the county in comparison with other counties."

Also on the agenda was the Financial Officer for Metro Parks. THAT was interesting. I had no idea they were in a financial situation of possibly going broke in less than two years. Now, either they are trying to freak people out and things aren't dire (quite possible) or they are serious and they may need to lay people off, close parks, and cancel programs (also quite possible).

A handout was passed around the room showing their timeline for coming up with solutions. It really makes no sense at all. For starters, the language is strange and meaningless. It must have come out of something sold to Metro by some consultants. Then, on the timeline, it's not until September 30th that they hold a "Public Open House" and not until November 10th and 24th when they hold public hearings on the budget. Will you be thinking of attending budget meetings or preparing for Thanksgiving? I know what's going to be on my mind.

In short, it looks like Metro is going to pass some tax levies to get them through the next few years. How much or what it will look like is still in the works.

Questions followed: Should we expect to see our parks redeveloped? Will we have to pay to park at the zoo or cruise through Five Mile Drive? He played it safe by saying they haven't considered anything yet. Stay tuned, I'm sure we'll be hearing more in the next few months.

 

 

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by Erik on 9/10/2008 @ 12:16am
Thanks for coming to the NENC meeting Morgan.

Here was a picture I took of Mark Lindquist.



www.flickr.com/photos/tacoma-urbanist/28...

It was a great presentation and a behind the scenes look as to the methodologies of how the Department of Corrections place felons in various counties.

The City Club report is a great one.

Here's the prosecutor's final report which is even more comprehensive on the issue:

ebjornson2.googlepages.com/final20report...

Hopefully, the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office will make the presentation to more neighborhood councils and civic groups so that they have a chance to try to reduce the felons being dumped in Pierce County.

by NineInchNachos on 9/10/2008 @ 9:12am
how many felons would JESUS turn away?

by morgan on 9/10/2008 @ 9:16am
Erik: It seems like the moratorium on placing service homes in neighborhoods faded away without a whisper. I would hate to see another effort by a group like this one get through.

What happened to the moratorium and what can be done to bring the topic of prescriptive zoning up for a fresh look?

by jenyum on 9/10/2008 @ 9:31am
On the Metro Parks thing:

I don't know if it generates revenue, or maybe it's heavily subsidized and it doesn't matter, but I gotta say that soccer sign ups were really bad timing, too.

The deadline was Monday, three working days after the start of school, with the early bird deadline smack in the middle of school supply time. We've been a little busy with other things... I asked if they got a lot of late sign ups and they told me no, because they turn people away. Tack on a $20 late fee and they'd probably get some takers, or better yet think a little about these deadlines and how they work with family schedules.

(We only got in because the coach had approved her already)

I'd happily see them get rid of "Plays Picture and Skills Day" which is basically three hours of waiting for someone to take a picture of your team, by which point they are filthy and bored out of their skulls. Our baseball team decided this year to just take our own pics on a regular game day and we were all much happier.


by Mofo from the Hood on 9/10/2008 @ 10:22am
How many felons would LUCIFER turn away?

by NineInchNachos on 9/10/2008 @ 10:51am
are we talking repentant felons or unrepentant felons?

by Erik on 9/10/2008 @ 10:56am
FYI,

Here is the current "group home map":

ebjornson2.googlepages.com/draft_groupca...

The red dots are the more problematic ones.

by Mofo from the Hood on 9/10/2008 @ 11:34am
Repentent Regenerate Felons: Good

Unrepentent Degenerate Felons: Bad

by NineInchNachos on 9/10/2008 @ 1:50pm
I would only endorse such a program that retains our endangered population of Repentent Regenerate Felons and exports or offloads our Unrepentent Degenerate Felons to Snohomish County.