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Councilmember O’Brien to host Health and Public Safety forum tonight

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on July 27th, 2016

Our local Councilmember Mike O’Brien will host a community forum this evening (Wednesday, July 27) from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. to engage, educate, and activate residents of Northwest Seattle relating to neighborhood public safety and public health issues.

The forum will highlight different approaches to address Seattle’s homelessness crisis and give community members a chance to share their thoughts.

Speakers from the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, Public Defenders Association, and Seattle Police Department will address public attendees.

Members of the public will then break into facilitated small group discussions to engage with one another in regard to earlier remarks.

Groups will have the opportunity to prepare written summaries of their discussions, and Councilmember O’Brien will provide closing remarks.

The forum will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (5710 22nd Ave NW).

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16 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Brenda // Jul 27, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I hope compass rose is there with her cronies.

    What’s more I hope Erica Barnett is sitting next to Mike O’Brien and rips her yet another A

  • 2 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Jul 27, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    @1 Yeah Erica, go back in your tent.

  • 3 Bryce // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Erica Barnett is a real asset.

    If you took 10 copies of her and locked them in a room together it would be like watching Jacob’s Ladder with a lot of bad bob-cuts.

    People like her are wonderful tools for people with bad intentions.

  • 4 steve treadway // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Another mike Obrien Dog and Pony show!

  • 5 Bryce // Jul 27, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    @4 so was anyone educated or activated at the meeting?

  • 6 The One // Jul 28, 2016 at 12:47 am

    I have to say, Jacob’s Ladder is a pretty good movie. And Lyin’ O’Brien is a pretty bad council member.

  • 7 Carrie // Jul 28, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Actually, Mike O’Brien is doing a great job and will likely be re-elected.

    It’s only a few dozen jokers on Nextdoor who think he’s not representing them properly.

    Those people should probably just move now

  • 8 Bryce // Jul 28, 2016 at 9:35 am

    If O’Brien were actually doing a good job he wouldn’t need someone like Erica to sit in and write grossly distorted accounts of his interactions with the community. You don’t bring in someone like Erica if you want truthful reporting. There’s a reason she can’t work for any reputable news organization – she completely lacks journalistic integrity and reports mostly gossip and half truths. Everyone knows how biased she is so there’s no question that if she’s the one picked to “report” it’s to hide something.

  • 9 Carrie // Jul 28, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    O’Brien’s performance has nothing to do with her presence at his public meetings.

    She’s simply there to make those Debbie Downers with too much time on their hands uncomfortable.

    Someone on Nextdoor even said ECB’s attendance at these meetings made them “unsafe.”

    I would bring her along, too if it shut up some of those losers

  • 10 David Ross // Jul 28, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    @9 Erica has personally attacked and slandered hundreds of people in just the last few months, some quite publicly. This isn’t a case of going after a handful of debbie downers, it’s widespread bullying of people that don’t agree with her (and those critical of our elected officials such as Mike O’Brien).

    There have been instances where her, or a reporter she worked with posted names, addresses and pictures of people’s homes. You don’t see why that would make someone feel unsafe?

  • 11 Carrie // Jul 28, 2016 at 4:56 pm


    Maybe th0se people shouldn’t say such ridiculous stuff on their neighborhood forums.

    Quite simply, those people deserve it.

  • 12 David Ross // Jul 28, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Some of what people are being called out for isn’t ridiculous at all. In the case of Ron and Don, it wasn’t even anything they said. There’s very little truth to anything she writes.

  • 13 Norse // Jul 29, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Erica Barnett is pro development, pro transit, pro biccle, pro pedestrian – well known from the Publicola blog until she lost her job and went into treatment for alcoholism. No wonder Mike O’Brien has her reporting for him. Mike O’Brien wants Seattle to look like NYC and he’s doing everything he can to make it so. But people in District 6 voted for him — probably those that haven’t had development hit their block yet — which it will especially given O’Brien’s desire to have no single family zones in Seattle. He pushed for the accessory dwelling units in SF zoning at 600 square feet and now is pushing for those units to be 1200 square feet. So those people that think development won’t affect them — just those people living in a HUB are dead wrong. In the updated ADU sizing — no off street parking will be required.

  • 14 Bryce // Jul 29, 2016 at 10:56 am

    @13 O’Brien had a number of cute little urbanist puppies to choose from and instead he adopted a nasty old pit bull better suited to guarding a meth lab.

    Telling choice.

  • 15 Brenda // Jul 29, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Yes, Norse.

    Let’s make Seattle more unaffordable, right?

    I’ve had development ‘hit my backyard’, but I’m not a little crybaby about it

  • 16 Bryce // Jul 31, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    If Erica C. Barnett and her developer buddies (developers are likely her biggest contributors) were inclined to provide affordable housing we’d already be seeing plenty of it in Ballard with all of the construction going on. Instead we get a lot of $750K town homes and $1000+/mo apodments.

    Unaffordable housing is lining her (and their) pockets quite well, so that is what gets built. HALA isn’t going to change that. It will only change where the next wave of relatively high priced housing gets built.

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