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East Precinct layoff due to budget screwup?

We had part of the story. KOMO has now added quite a bit more. But there’s got to be even more to it.

Michael Yasutake

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.

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2 thoughts on “East Precinct layoff due to budget screwup?

  1. You can’t just fight a fire when it burns… You have to eliminate the conditions which feed the fire in the first place. Let’s NOT give Nickels any justification to close our schools and replace them with a $200 million jail.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    State needs a ‘high incomes’ tax

    Last updated March 9, 2009 5:47 p.m. PT

    We applaud the long history, investigative journalism, and incisive and wise editorial work of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Even in the face of its impending closure, the P-I continues to be a central voice for improving our society and pointing out the pathway we need to take.

    Next month we presume we will not be receiving the P-I at our doorsteps, but we must proceed with the public policy for which the P-I has been a courageous voice. That policy centers on the intertwined strategies of remaking our upside-down tax system and fully funding education, from pre-kindergarten to K-12 to the community college and four-year higher educational system. If we succeed in these efforts, we will lay the foundation for the advancement of our state, our economy and our citizens in the 21st century. If we fail, we will be left behind.

    We have the most regressive tax regime in the country. Middle-class and low-income families pay much more in taxes proportionally than the wealthy. Absent an income tax, our over-reliance on the sales tax and property tax also results in insufficient public revenues to fund the public services, especially education, that 21st century Washington citizens deserve and demand.

    That’s why funding per pupil has now dropped below 88 percent of the national average for our K-12 students. It’s why we are 46th of the 50 states in our student-teacher ratios in public school. It’s why out of every 100 ninth graders, only 69 receive their high school diploma on time. It’s why we fail to provide high-quality pre-kindergarten for the vast majority of Washington’s young children. It’s why 29 states are ahead of us in funding for higher education academic research. It’s why public college tuition has tripled in the past 30 years, while proportional state appropriations have shrunk. At the University of Washington, the state has reduced its responsibility to less than half of tuition costs, offloading more expenses to middle-class and low-income families.

    Even in the midst of this recession, there is a solution to this public failure. A group of citizens is coming together to promote a “high incomes” income tax. It would be offset with an across-the-board cut of the state property tax. The new net revenue would be dedicated to public education.

    The vast majority of middle-class families would get a tax cut, the highest income families would pay an added tax (which they would get to deduct from their federal income taxes), and the children and students of our state would get a boost in the billions of dollars for their education and future well being, prosperity, and productivity. We anticipate a multi-year educational campaign to achieve this vision for our future.

    Can we realize this in our state? The better question is why not. After all, we in King County live in the fourth wealthiest county per capita in the country. We have no excuse to prevent us from reforming our tax system to provide for high quality education for all of our children. That’s the American way. And it is a fitting legacy for the leadership, the citizenship, and the vision of the P-I.

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  2. Hadn’t Michael Yasutake been working for the City for years? And they only figured out that the position “didn’t exist” now?