Scott Sinclair, News Tribune Editorial

Most everyone who follows my posts knows that, while I now live in New Jersey, my “home” is in Washington state where I lived for 48 years until moving east in 2011. During my tenure there, I was very active in state and local politics and issues, one of which was what came to be known as the Eastside Tent City Wars in King County. That entire brouhaha was fomented by a bungling and incompetent member of the King County Council, Carolyn Edmonds, who, without any notice or consultation with local residents, attempted to locate a homeless encampment on transit-owned property adjacent to the Brickyard Road Park & Ride at NE 160th and I-405.
That it was subsequently discovered that such a use for the property was illegal per covenants in the deed and restrictions that the property be used for transit purposes ONLY showed that Edmonds failed to perform due diligence prior to going ahead with her cockamamie scheme.
That she failed to give advance notice to her constituents as she was cooking up the deal in a backroom at the King County Courthouse says she was more interested in scoring points with the downtown Seattle hard-left activist community than she was in representing the people of North King County.
Because of MASSIVE community pressure, the encampment never made it to the park & ride. Instead, it went up the road a couple of miles to a church in Bothell and thereafter it has bounced around from church to church on the Eastside ever since. For over two years, animosity between local residents wherever the camp went and the stick-in-the-eye attitude of SHARE/WHEEL, the activist organization that ran the camp, resulted in angry community meetings, litigation, countless hours of city and county council hearings and a lot of money getting tossed down the rat hole.
All of this because an inept political hack didn’t do a few political basics to measure the temperature of her constituents and show them respect. Now, after being booted from the KC Council by voters in 2005, she carpet bags her sorry self to Pierce County where she wants to inflict her unique style of damage on residents down there where she is running against long-time state Sen. Pam Roach for a seat on that council.
Admittedly, Sen. Roach is a controversial figure in Washington state politics and has been for years. She’s unabashed, speaks her mind, doesn’t follow “the rules” for politically-correct campaigning and governance and generally is a pain in the ass to liberals and even members of her own GOP caucus.
But on her worst day ever, Pam Roach will infinitely and eternally exceed Carolyn Edmonds, who has never had a best day, let alone a good one.
I say so in this letter to the editor of The (Tacoma) News Tribune. Hope it helps the cause.