Yesterday, on January 24th, local Thurston County activists with the help of a few local elected officials managed to stop, at least temporarily the Violent Sexual Predator House scheme which was slated to officially start February 1st. I had just posted a follow-up video providing more details about Governor Inslee’s Violent Sexual Predator neighborhood release program, and the information about the temporary halt to this facility became known after the video was filmed and launched.
We will explain how the activists motivated Thurston County staff and elected officials to intervene later in this article.
However, if you want to know more about this truly bizarre and ludicrous public policy fiasco and how we got to such an absurd place, you can watch the video below, which we published on January 24, 2023:
Keep in mind, local neighbors and activists only had a few weeks to prepare for this crazy facility opening and they were obviously concerned about the fact Governor Inslee was emptying the isolated, secure McNeil Island facility of the current 215 or so Violent Sexual Predators and planning to dump them into various neighborhoods and communities all around Washington State.
If you want to learn more about this scheme, you can also watch this video which we published last week on our YouTube channel:
Neighbors and Friends Get Organized in Thurston County
Activists were essentially working on four basic tasks simultaneously. First, they were helping to educate the South Thurston County community, particularly the City of Tenino residents and the surrounding rural neighborhoods (full disclosure – as I mentioned in my first video – I live about 13 minutes or so from this proposed Violent Sexual Predator release home). As part of this effort they used a Facebook group (linked here), testimony at Thurston County Commission Meetings (see here), and also attendance at a bizarre “meet and greet” hosted by the for profit organization, named “Supreme Living,” planning to make bank on this project (see YouTube video channel linked here where the attendees posted video recordings from that event).
Secondly, local residents and neighbors spent time reaching out the Thurston County Commissioners on this issue. Thurston County currently has a three member elected commission government structure, but will soon be expanding to a five member elected commission government structure based on a recent vote (see here). Two of the three commissioners were strongly opposed to the SVP (Sexual Violent Predators) facility being located in Thurston County. They were Independent Commissioner Gary Edwards (former Thurston County Sheriff for 20 years – see bio linked here), and also Democrat Commissioner Carolina Mejia (see bio linked here). The third commissioner Democrat Tye Menser was very lukewarm in his assistance – and repeatedly said “they have to live somewhere” when referring to the violent sex predators. Despite the weakness of Commissioner Menser on this subject, the other two commissioners were able to overrule his resistance, and their help was instrumental in achieving the recent long delay for this project.
Thirdly, the activists were meeting with local legislators and state Senators and asking for their assistance. As I reference in the videos above, the original enabling legislation supported by Attorney General Bob Ferguson and signed by Governor Jay Inslee originated in the Washington State Senate (2021 – SB 5163 – linked here). There was general recognition that the legislature couldn’t immediately stop this fiasco, but there is some hope that local residents and concerned neighbors can convince the legislature to start drafting legislation to reverse this policy fiasco. It might take some time, but the time to start pushing back and fixing the problems is now. There is a general recognition that since the Democrats are in control of both state legislative branches of government – the state senate and the state legislature, and this political party openly supports the release of violent sex predators in the community, it might take some time to get legislation passed to actually fix the problem they helped create.
Finally, there is a general recognition that this problem (secretly purchasing and locating VSP houses) is occurring – mostly in secret – throughout Washington State, and local activists want to spread the word everywhere about the importance of opposing this public policy disaster, strive to work hard to protect children and women from becoming victims of these Violent Sexual Predators, and expose the corruption and incompetence behind the actual implementation of this flawed policy. Most of this is exposing the for profit or “non-profit” organizations who appear to be in a gold rush collecting state tax cash to inflict these programs on small communities.
How the Violent Sex Predator Neighborhood release project was stopped (for now) in Thurston County
Essentially, the Supreme Living Violent Sexual Predator house can’t be used for this purpose until they actually comply with a variety of land use rules, which they attempted to skirt and ignore from the beginning. The official letter sent to this for-profit Violent Sex Offender housing company is linked here, and it is worth the read. However, the reasons for the county to prevent the place from being occupied essentially come down to three primary problems:
1. The Septic System for the house was not designed for commercial use. It was permitted for a three-bedroom home, and this has become a 5 Violent Sex Predator Bed facility with full time crew of two unqualified and inadequately trained “minders” who are employed by Supreme Living to “watch” these long-incarcerated guys. The septic system will need to be upgraded and permitted.
2. The Kitchen in the home was originally intended for a family or homeowner. With the change to a commercial operation like this, the kitchen will need to be upgraded to a commercial kitchen, which will require extensive remodeling and the installation of different appliances and inspections.
3. The Water Supply for the home was an exempt well for a residential home and was not intended to be used commercially in this type of public setting. This will also need to be upgraded to a commercial water supply system and will also need to be inspected and permitted.
If you know anything about Thurston County, the Central Planning programs are bureaucratic, inefficient, and hostile at the best of times. For the first time in a few decades, that reputation might actually help someone in Thurston County. Clearing these hurdles will take months or even years if the property owner is lucky and can find some county employees to bribe.
For now, everyone recognizes this is not a permanent solution to the policy problem which faces our state on this crazy issue, but this is a welcome delay to give the opposition to this fiasco more time to organize, educate, and stop this project from rolling out on a bigger scale across the state.
We still have a lot more to learn about this program, and I expect to write some more articles about McNeil Island itself – the opportunities that exist there and also to expose the records we expect to receive back from the various state agencies involved in this public project. However, until then, it is helpful and useful to celebrate the wins as we get them, and this was a win for local activists. To those who wanted to throw their hands up and surrender because it was a hopeless cause – please remember you can’t always win, but you are far more likely to prevail if you at least try. The future belongs to those who show up.
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