Is the City criminalizing poverty, mental illness in Edmonds? | Guest View
Last updated 5/5/2022 at 9:41am
I am writing about proposed Public Ordinance 5.70, Unlawful Occupation of Public Property. The sole purpose of the ordinance is to criminalize poverty and mental illness in Edmonds. I oppose this ordinance.
Let me take a moment to give you some background before I provide the basis for my opposition. I have been a lawyer for almost a quarter of a century. The first eight years of my career, I worked for Connecticut Legal Services, representing the poor, working with them to obtain public benefits.
In that position, I litigated in administrative, state, and federal courts. I routinely provid...