Letters to the Editor

City made a foolish decision

In 2012, Mayor Pete Lewis, the deputy mayor and their supporters destroyed Auburn's independent Municipal Court by turning it into an appendage of the King County District Court system. I was working at the Auburn Public Defender's Office at the time.

The alleged purpose of the change was that the District Court would cost the City less than the Municipal Court did to operate. That wasn't true. It would have been cheaper to keep Auburn's Municipal Court.

The real reason for the change was the number of prisoners being held in jail. The cost of housing inmates had more than doubled, and the City wanted people out of jail and on the streets to save money. The reason the jail expense was so high was that Mayor Lewis's administration made a foolish decision to join other South King County municipalities in building the new SCORE jail in Des Moines to house Auburn prisoners instead of continuing to house them in the Auburn City Jail in the basement of City Hall. This was not in the control of the Municipal Court, but was in fact the mayor's and City Council's decision.

When you send in your ballot in this fall's election, don't be fooled by the incumbent candidate telling you what a financial whiz she is. She supported building a jail that more than doubled the cost of operation and then destroyed a great municipal court so that the city could put more criminals on the street.

– Donna Johnson

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