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“Now is a good time to look at the model,” Mayor Bruce Harrell After KCRHA CEO Resigns

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Political Liability

Over the weekend, I caught up exclusively with #Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell (@mayorofseattle) and Deputy Mayor Tiffany Washington to discuss the recent controversies swirling around the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (@KingCoRHA.)

1) KCRHA Continuum of Care Board Chair Shanee Colston’s defiance and refusal to resign after her public outburst defending a convicted pedophile.

2) Former KCRHA CEO Marc Dones’ abrupt resignation, leaving the agency in an uncertain situation.

Distancing Themselves

@KingCoRHA clearly doesn’t want want to have anything to do with this hot mess created by Colston. If she refuses to resign, is anyone going to step up and remove her? I’m still trying to figure out if this can even be done.

Global Attention

This story is a disaster for #Seattle and @kingcorha. Gonna be impossible for the agency to move forward without some kind of resolution like ASAP.

Mayor on Dones and Future of KCRHA

Mayor Bruce Harrell (@MayorofSeattle) sounded hopeful as he discussed the future of the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (@KingCoRHA.) Also thanking Dones for his service. But the Mayor, who’s on the Governing Committee with other elected officials like King County Executive Dow Constantine (@kcexec,) says they will consult Dones during this transition, assess the data collected so far, and listen to the community before making any major moves. Critics are calling for the agency to be dismantled. At the very least a total gut rehab. Interesting that they are still working with Dones even though he abruptly quit last week.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.