Mike O’Brien to speak at December Ballard District Council meeting

Tomorrow (Dec. 12) is the final Ballard District Council meeting of the year, with Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien invited as the featured speaker.

This week’s meeting will be at the Nordic Museum, starting at 7pm. Here’s the full agenda:

  • 7-7:15 pm — Introductions and Community Information Sharing
  • 7:10-8:20 pm — Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Councilmember, District 6. This will be your opportunity to hear CM O’Brien describe current programs and issues he and the City are dealing with, and how they may specifically impact the greater Ballard community. Among the topics to be discussed are the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) plan, the plan to allow more density into single family neighborhoods with ADUs/DADUs, homeless encampments, transportation issues, as well as the just passed 2019 budget. There will be time for Q and A, which will be facilitated to allow questions on a variety of topics to be covered.
  • 8:20-8:30 pm — Other Business/Discussion

To RSVP online, click here.


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broham
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broham

Looking forward to hearing from Mike. I wanna hear what proposals he has for cleaning up Ballard and addressing the homeless and crime and drug problems that seen to be plaquing our neighborhood. I think most of us would agree progressives have the best solutions for addressing these problems.

Boris
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Boris

” plaquing our neighborhood”
are these problems plaquing your teeth as well?

Will Mike be allowed to speak or will some stinky fisherman shout him down?

Truth
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Truth

Will Mike be allowed to speak or will some stinky fisherman shout him down?

Most likely, it’ll be the “Safe Seattle” morons that show up and throw a temper tantrum the entire meeting, attempting to drown any productive public discourse. They are nothing more than attention junkies.

Insanity
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Insanity

Wow, “Stinky Fisherman” huh? What a slap in the face from an over privileged, over educated SJW brat that that got applause and gold stars for not shitting his pants at 5 years of age.

“Stinky Fishermen” lived and yes have died making Ballard the place you all want to preserve and raise your families. They supported this community through thick and thin yet you want that heritage and community support to get flushed down the crapper because they want to preserve what they have built…for you.

What have you built Truth?

Truth
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Truth

Hey Sockpuppet, I know you are all about false virtue signaling, but nowhere in my post did I say anything negative about fisherman or even call them “stinky fisherman”, that’s all you. I can only wonder when you’ll run out of straw for all your strawman arguments.

Get help dude.

Insanity
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Insanity

I have bales and bales my friend, whats a sock puppet?

Truth
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Truth

sock pup·pet
noun

1. a false online identity, typically created by a person or group in order to promote their own opinions or views.

2. a simple hand puppet made from a sock.

Hope that helps!

XOXO,
Truth

Insanity
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Insanity

Thank you, BTW I would be more than happy to carry on this discussion in person, maybe I’ll see you at the meeting tomorrow and you can continue to belittle me. I’ll be the stinky fisherman, you can’t miss me, you’ll smell me coming. Just so I’m clear, this below was not your posting?

Truth
Will Mike be allowed to speak or will some stinky fisherman shout him down?

Most likely, it’ll be the “Safe Seattle” morons that show up and throw a temper tantrum the entire meeting, attempting to drown any productive public discourse. They are nothing more than attention junkies.

4-8 Reply2 hours ago

Insanity
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Insanity

When you’re right you’re right, you were just quoting, so same deal for you Boris, hope to see you there.

2Crows
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2Crows

Don’t mind Avril, she’s just angry about that thing on her face.

Stan
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Stan

I really do not think you can be ‘over educated’. I was a fisherman for Witney Fidalgo long ago. I now work in social services. Definitely a few of those homeless folks on the street ( yes, the drunk and drugged ones) were fishermen.
Others are the sons and daughters of fishermen as well. Just sayin’.

hayduke
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hayduke

If we’re just “junkies” where’s the compassion, respect, and the free housing you say we deserve? I’d like some free home cooking too, please, and can you pick up my trash while you’re at it?

Stop demeaning and “othering” us!

Truth
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Truth

Feel free to give up all your money, possessions and housing to go live in a tent or RV. Homeless people are on easy street with tons of free handouts, according to you, so why not good put your money where your mouth is and go live the good life?

hayduke
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hayduke

Well Truth, if you put down the needle, stop stealing from others, walk away from your tent, get a job, and try being a responsible and law abiding citizen, maybe one day you can have nice things too.

Gordito
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Gordito

That is severely naive. If you think people living without a home are on easy street you are either insane or just cruel.

hayduke
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hayduke

I’m not saying it’s easy And nor *should* it be easy. But don’t bellyache to me if you spend your days shooting up in your tent and your nights prowling my neighborhood. No one else is responsible for that but you, and you can’t help those who refuse to accept it.

Truth
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Truth

Yes, we all understand your delusional, hyper-generalization that all homeless people are drug addicts who spend every waking hour burglarizing when they aren’t doing drugs.

You make sure we hear it from you, like 50 times an article, whether the article is actually about the homeless or about a high school film class winning an award.

And no, posting it 50 times an article doesn’t make it true nor does it win you any sympathizers.

Good luck to you though!

hayduke
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hayduke

Nope. I actually differentiate those who are truly homeless, versus those who are just vagrants, thieves, and addicts. It’s enablers like you who count them all as “homeless,” and therefore we are told we have to be “compassionate” to ALL “homeless,” including them as well, and let them camp where they want and carry on doing “survival crimes.”

I have plenty of compassion for the babies and little kids I see on the streets, and single moms fleeing DV, etc. The tweakers and junkies who go out and victimize others every night? Sorry, I’m all out of compassion for them.

Truth
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Truth

Nope. I actually differentiate those who are truly homeless, versus those who are just vagrants, thieves, and addicts. It’s enablers like you who count them all as “homeless,” and therefore we are told we have to be “compassionate” to ALL “homeless,” including them as well, and let them camp where they want and carry on doing “survival crimes.” The tweakers and junkies who go out and victimize others every night? Sorry, I’m all out of compassion for them. So let me get this straight: you are able to differentiate between the “truly homeless” versus the the “non truly homeless” and we should only give compassion (whatever that may be in your brain) to the “truly homeless”? What do we do with the people that you’ve determined you’re “all out of compassion” for? Do we ignore them further? Jail them for being mentally ill? Arrest them because they’re addicts? Ask them kindly to stop being “not truly homeless”? I hate to break it to you, but ignoring them is not going to make the problem go away. Jailing them may remove them from society temporarily, at great taxpayer expense, but you can’t jail them forever. So that leaves asking them kindly… Read more »

hayduke
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hayduke

That’s right, you don’t ignore them, you ARREST them. When they are committing crimes day in and day out, you arrest and jail them.

You don’t say, “Oh, you poor hopeless addict, you have absolutely no self-will, control or responsibility for your own life, so let’s let you keep camping park and leave your trash and filthy needles and keep stealing from those who work for a living.” I don’t get why people like you have such low expectations of them. And you you don’t reward them with a free apartment in prime real estate that costs taxpayers $400K to $500K per unit.

And who knows, jail might actually be the best thing for them. Countless addicts have turned their lives around after being jailed.

Truth
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Truth

That’s right, you don’t ignore them, you ARREST them. When they are committing crimes day in and day out, you arrest and jail them.

And once again, you don’t seem to understand the difference between a criminal and a drug addict. Hence, our current situation.

Nice work Harley!

hayduke
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hayduke

When your pet addicts steal from others, which pretty much ALL of them do, then yes, I daresay that makes them a criminal.

Wallbanger
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Wallbanger

I for one would love to see you in jail…i think you would like it with your junkie friends being as close to you as possible.

Wallbanger
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Wallbanger

Big difference between being a junkie and being homeless.

skip
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skip

Bobby, next time you’re walking around Ballard, pay attention.

Wallbanger
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Wallbanger

Look around Bobby. The guy at Fred Meyer has a sign that reads “goal for today = 25$. He holds that sign under a beach umbrella, with his two dogs and the radio on. Looks like he’s at the beach which is a fine definition of “easy street” if you ask me .

Non binary gender fluid midget with a lisp
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Non binary gender fluid midget with a lisp

Will make a nice change from the Kshama Lama Ding Dongs shouting everyone down.

Travel
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Travel

The problem is that Seattle grew WAY to fast so this is a new problem, we’re experienmenting with ways to help. Also by the way a conservative city would do no better if it saw massive expansion and a population influx. But, historically liberal cities do invite growth more than conservatives ones because of their politics ironically

Wallbanger
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Wallbanger

Travel. Why does Bellevue have a similar growth rate, and high cost of living but no junkies?
Do you really think other cities don’t have homeless issues because of weather?
Vancouver bc?
Boston?
Austin?
Houston?

All have homeless rates less than Seattle. Please, elaborate why you think that is.

Boatguy
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Boatguy

Not a stinky fisherman or any kind of fisherman, but do plan on NOT agreeing with him at ALL!!!

Veritas
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Veritas

OMG that photo! My eyes! MY EYES! He’s a douchenozzle.

Uff da
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Uff da

The photo- He looks like the weasel that he actually is.

catmaggie
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catmaggie

yet another dog and pony show

gk
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gk

I cannot attend (damn) but am looking forward to video and press coverage.

Please speak out for the homeowners and renters of Ballard.

Noice
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Noice

Can’t wait for what I can only assume will be a completely sane and productive debate.

guest
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guest

O’Brien makes himself available– I have seen him at a booth at the Sunday Market. While he may not be the most popular person on the comments here, he will speak with his constituents.

Gordito
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Gordito

Mike makes the anonymous commenters here look like childish idiots….because they are. Mike will be around for a long time so learn some respect and grow up!

Ballard By Boat
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Ballard By Boat

Bobby tried to censor me, but I’m back! Hi, thanks for your support Bobby! Respect is usually earned, but I’m a silver-spoon trust-funder, so I suppose my daddy earned it for me! Now I want the city to respect my tax increases, and it sounds like you’re on board. You’re a good one Bobby, a vulnerable – I mean valuable, yes, valuable, community member. Know why? You’re Woke, Friend! I know that with you I don’t have to say it, but Remember. Vote Salty, Vote O’Brine 2019!

Uff da
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Uff da

The problem is O’Brien talks too much and does not listen. He’s tone deaf to the people he is supposed to represent in District 6. He gets his ideas from Big Hobo – the homeless industrial complex and the ACLU.

eric
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eric

will he institute last minute changes to the Q&A like he loves to do?

hayduke
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hayduke

I’m guessing he learned his lesson from his May town hall. Which by the way, is why that went the way it did. He sent out an email the day before announcing he was changing the format, and in a way that was a blatant attempt to silence those he knew were going to be there.

Public Depender
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Public Depender

I still chuckle when I think of Lisa Daugaard’s face when she was trying to present and people told her to sit down and be quiet because “we didn’t come to hear you. You’re not elected to represent us.” One of the real turning points in the civic dynamic…you could see her get it right then…the clock is ticking on all of them.

hayduke
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hayduke

Yes, I remember! Someone on the PRTF (I think Daugaard) panel asked the crowd if we wanted to hear their 90 minute presentation, and we all yelled “No!!!!” Like really, they’re they’re not going to give us the usual handwringing nonsense we havent already heard a thousand times from them?

gk
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gk

Here’s a challenge to Mike OBrien –

Say something that shows you do not put the derelicts above the people you represent.

Please say SOMETHING about REMOVING THE TENT ENCAMPMENTS. Just something.

I dare you, Mike.

peckerwood
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peckerwood

Well, shut my mouth.

Ballard By Boat
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Ballard By Boat

They’re trying to censor Mike O’Brine again, and one thing we can all agree upon, Progressives, Conservatives, Liberals and Independents alike, is that censorship is a slippy slope, therefore, bad. Good thing I save my comments. Hi, thanks for your support! Don’t expect to ‘school me’ on the homelessness issue, I’ve been receiving my instructions from Big Hobo for years now. Nobody knows Big Hobo better than I, Mike O’Brine! Big Hobo says these fine people are vulnerable community members – maybe our most vulnerable – and that they’re just experiencing homelessness through bad luck, not because they’re junkies and felons evading the law. And really, I work hard not to prosecute our most vulnerable because these criminals are only committing survival crimes against you cisgendered white Christian males (and you’re the worst, amirite?), so they don’t really count as crimes versus your years of privilege. Never you mind that I was born wealthy and I’ll die wealthy, I’m here to take from you to give to them! I’m like a junkie-hugging virtue-signaling Robin Hood! I’ll see you tomorrow for our meeting and some locally sourced, definitely not sweatshop-labor produced kimchee. Get Woke, Friends! And Remember, Vote Salty, Vote O’Brine… Read more »

Toad (of Toad Hall)
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Toad (of Toad Hall)

Mmmm, kimchee for breakfast!
Probiotic and deliciously raw.
I’ll have mine with a big, steaming mug of STFUMikeO’Brien!