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Commissioner Dismisses Protection Order Against Bellevue Landlord

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Huge win for Bellevue landlord Jaskaran Singh. Monday morning, a King County court commissioner dismissed the Temporary Protection Order filed against him by serial squatter Sang Kim. It was an easy decision since Kim and an attorney with King County Housing Justice Project showed up more than an hour late for the hearing. They begged for a continuance but the commissioner did not buy it. I saw the HJP playbook first hand. Unload a laundry list of excuses then blame someone else for their failure. Total clown show.

Kim’s Attorney

Kim was accompanied by Housing Justice Project staff attorney Robina Rayamajhi. The commissioner did not allow the hearing to the be recorded. But trust me, the excuses were endless. Only Kim and Rayamajhi were allegedly in the wrong courtroom when the hearing started. Everyone else made it on time. Hard to believe a savvy attorney would have this issue.

Singh Free to Protest

This now means Singh can protest in front of his rental property and publicly shame Kim until he leaves this $2M property in Bellevue’s Woodridge neighborhood. So far, HJP has used nearly $100K in taxpayer dollars to pay for Kim’s back rent.

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.