We had part of the story. KOMO has now added quite a bit more. But there’s got to be even more to it.
The TV station is reporting that East Precinct crime prevention coordinator Michael Yasutake had to be laid off “after the city realized it had hired him for a position that doesn’t exist.”
Assuming that means the department never budgeted for the East Precinct position and now finds itself in a financial environment requiring cuts, not additions. We’ll need to push for answers on why this can’t be rectified in a better way — SPD previously would not comment on Yasutake citing department policy and the mayor’s office did not return our calls.
Central District News has more on Yasutake’s role in the community.
The monthly East Precinct Crime Prevention meeting is Thursday at 6:30 PM at the Seattle Vocational Institute.