Letter to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and City Council of Everett, Washington (2021)
This letter expresses the Law Center’s concern with Council Bill # 2102-06, which would prohibit certain conduct within designated rights of way. This ordinance would make it a criminal misdemeanor subject to a $500 fine to “sit or lie down upon, or place a blanket, sleeping bag, back pack, chair, mattress, couch, stool, or any similar equipment, item, or furniture upon” in any public sidewalk or right of way within the designated area. In this letter, we recognize the disproportionate effect this ordinance would have on people experiencing homelessness and encourage the Everett City Council to vote against this ordinance. Unfortunately, this ordinance passed with a 5-1 vote.