City Casa Latina (Finally) On the Move
posted by November 9 at 12:59 PMon
The ongoing dispute over Casa Latina’s relocation to 17th and Jackson appears to have been resolved. Casa Latina has worked out a “good neighbor agreement” and should be moving into their new digs sometime next winter.
From the PI:
Under the agreement, no day workers will be allowed to hang out on the street and flag down employers as they have done for years on Western Avenue in Belltown. Casa Latina has agreed to hire a neighborhood ambassador, and keep $50,000 in a contingency fund in case problems do arise and additional ambassadors need to be hired. An advisory committee will also be formed to help resolve issues.
If Casa Latina doesn’t uphold its part of the agreement, the organization risks losing the $146,000 in annual funding it receives from the city, about 25 percent of the group’s total annual budget. The agreement expires after seven years.
I’ve got an email out to Judicial Watch—who claimed that the city was violating federal law by funding Casa Latina—to see if they plan to get involved.
Judicial Watch says they plan to get involved, but did not elaborate on their plans.