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Redmond: Emails Reveal Intentional Effort to Ram Through Controversial Housing Project

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I’ve obtained a tranche of problematic email communications between Redmond Mayor Angela Birney, some councilmembers, and city staff. It shows an intentional effort to ram through the controversial Plymouth Housing apt complex at all costs and limit public input. Neighbors are concerned crime and open air drug use by the chronically homeless will spike in the area if this project is green lighted.

In one such instance, CM Osman Salahuddin calls anyone opposed to the Plymouth project “NIMBYs,” which stands for Not In My Back Yard. Despite massive community opposition, it appears Salahuddin is already in the bag for Plymouth.

Earlier this month, the CM did not want to answer my questions about the new homeless hotel coming into the former Overlake Silver Cloud Inn. People are worried Redmond will become King County’s new human dumping ground.

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In this communication, someone named “Carter” says my coverage “brings out the worst kind of people and beliefs.”

CM Salahuddin responds in the blue bubble and agrees anyone opposed to the project are “NIMBY’s.”

Osman Salahuddin

CM Salahuddin is a progressive Democrat and rubber stamps pretty much everything Mayor Birney wants in her city. He’s also on King County Councilmember Sarah Perry’s staff.

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.