Newsflash: People Care More About Kids Than the New Police Chief

I wasn’t able to make it to the first Youth and Families Initiative meeting last night, but Sable Verity was there. According to Sable, the meeting was much better attended that the last few police chief search committee town halls:

The crowds spilled into the main hall of the Rainier Community center even before the 7:00pm meeting was underway.

“I’m here because I raise kids in this city, and they don’t feel safe,” said one woman who attended with her neighbor.  Both women said youth violence, safety and opportunities were their top concerns.

“I want to know what the guy [Mayor McGinn] is actually going to do,” said one man who identified himself as “Gary”.  “He talks a whole lot of stuff, but I want to know, when he is done hearing from all of us, is he going to put the city’s money where its mouth is, or leave these kids out to dry?”