City Attorney v. Review Board

City Attorney Tom Carr has clashed publicly on numerous occasions with Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB) Member Peter Holmes, but a recent letter to Holmes, dated January 13, marks a new level of vitriol between the two. In the letter, Carr chastises Holmes—whose OPARB serves as an outside check on the police-accountability process—for refusing to produce reports on complaints to the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA). Holmes has said he will not produce the reports without a guarantee of full legal protection for OPARB from the city. Carr says Holmes is "more interested in having a dispute than in resolving it."

"The bottom line," Carr adds, "is that OPARB was appointed to do a job, which it is not doing."

Holmes did not return a call for comment. OPARB, whose members are volunteers, has not produced reports since April 2004 because Carr has refused to guarantee that the city's law department will represent the board if it is sued by officers. ERICA C. BARNETT

First Hill v. City Hall

Last year, First Hill residents agreed to host the Outdoor Meal Program, a food program for the homeless that had been displaced by downtown demolition, on the condition that their generosity would expire after a year. During that time, they believed the city would find a new location—preferably one not in the neighborhood. Instead, the city is preparing to ask First Presbyterian Church at Eighth Avenue and Madison Street to renew its commitment for another year.

"It was to be a temporary stopgap solution," says Marilyn Hoe, a member of the advisory council that has monitored the program. "The community accepted that in good faith and now we feel the city is going back on its word."

Hoe and others in the neighborhood say that the program's arrival has made First Hill more popular among the transient population. "There is more panhandling and littering—and even human waste."

Al Poole, the city's Director of Homelessness Intervention and Block Grant Intervention, concedes the point, but he denies some of the more-dramatic claims made by neighbors in public meetings—that the program has led to more violence, prostitution, and drug dealing. "The community had existing problems," he says. THOMAS FRANCIS

FSU v. the World

Last month, Seattle's hardcore music community came under scrutiny when local members of a nationally recognized gang called FSU shut down an all-ages show featuring the California hardcore band Dangers. ["The Show Must Go On," by Megan Seling, January 5.] Well, last weekend, Matt Weltner, who booked the controversial Dangers show, was reportedly assaulted at an all-ages venue in Tacoma.

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According to Ryan Flaherty, who witnessed the attack, Weltner was walking to his car after the show. "We saw him getting approached by this guy and it looked like they were joking around, but then I saw him get hit twice," says Flaherty. "Matt ran 15 to 20 feet away and then turned around telling the guy he wasn't going to fight him." According to Flaherty, the man who allegedly hit Weltner was accompanied by an FSU member.

Both Weltner and members of FSU were reached, but declined to comment about the alleged violence. MEGAN SELING