City New Neighborhood Group Forms to Oppose Casa Latina
posted by January 24 at 16:21 PMon
A new neighborhood group has popped up to fight the Casa Latina day labor center’s move to 17th and Jackson. Next week, the Jackson Street Community Association (JSCA) will hold a meeting at the Douglass-Truth Library on 23rd and Yesler to discuss Casa Latina’s proposed move
While JSCA appears to be fairly organized—although their sole focus appears to be Casa Latina—they’re not actually recognized by the city as a neighborhood group.
At their meeting next week, the group says they’ll address issues like
• What is a day laborer center and why are there concerns? What are day laborer sites like nationally? What can we learn from other cities? • What has the City done to support our neighborhood? What is the “Good Neighbor Agreement” and why will it not be effective? • What can go wrong? What does this mean for surrounding businesses, organizations, and residents?
In September, a small group of neighbors enlisted the help of Christopher Farrell, of the right-wing, anti-immigrant Judicial Watch, who gave a presentation at Douglass-Truth about supposed nationwide problems with day labor centers, and made vague legal threats to the City for its funding of Casa Latina.
Judicial Watch appears to backed off since the September meeting, but now the JSCA appears to be picking up where they left off.
Yesterday, the JSCA sent a letter to the City Council, complaining that the Casa Latina relocation committee had failed to come to terms on a Good Neighbor Agreement. According to the JSCA’s letter, an agreement was supposed to be reached by September 30th. JSCA also accused a consultant, hired by the city to mediate the Good Neighbor Agreement committee, of defrauding the city by improperly collecting signatures of stakeholders.
It’s unclear if the JSCA is associated with the group of neighbors who called in Judicial Watch, and JSCA’s website doesn’t provide much information about the group. Only one member—President Genji Shiga—is named on their site.
I’ve got a call out to Casa Latina and the JSCA to find out more about this latest development.