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Bellevue Landlords Continues Leading Weekend Protests to Reclaim Property

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Another Weekend of Protests

Another weekend of relentless protests in Bellevue to oust serial squatter and deadbeat tenant Sang Kim. But neighbors and supporters have really started zeroing in on King County Bar Association’s Housing Justice Project. They’re demanding accountability and oversight of this free legal aid group that’s accused of representing “con men” like Kim who claim to be low income and in need of help.

Problem with that narrative, Kim is staying for free in a $2M house, drives new cars, and has allegedly pulled off this squatting hustle before. HJP rakes in millions of dollars each year in taxpayer dollars but won’t say if lawyers even bother to screen clients for eligibility. Which is why mom & pop landlords like Jaskaran Singh want an audit of this organization.

At Saturday’s demonstration, multiple politicians including Governor Jay Inslee, State Senator Patty Kuderer, King County Executive Dow Constantine, KC Councilmember Claudia Balducci, and Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson were all called out for being MIA in this fight to protect small landlords.

Celebrations with Supporters

After the protest, Singh provided free Indian food for supporters and celebrated Holi, a Hindu festival of colors that happens at the end of March. But Singh says he was so busy with the squatter debacle, he could not celebrate with his family.

So he’s doing it now with new friends he’s met along this journey to take back his property.

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.