Court order helps keep cover on Yakima council confrontation


Tonight’s Yakima City Council meeting was familiar. District 2 City Councilor Jason White was missing at the horseshoe. However, he was present, only on the phone, as a temporary protection order filed by City Councilor Soneya Lund prohibited his presence in person since she was in the council chamber.

Quiet night

The meeting was fairly short and went off without incident, unlike the last meeting on July 6, when the meeting ended with Councilor White asking the rest of the council to initiate formal censorship proceedings against the Councilor. Lund.

Council felt White’s list of charges was an inappropriate personal attack and had no place in a council meeting. His motion died for a second and the meeting was adjourned.

The beef continues

So how, two weeks later, did Lund end up in court and White on the phone? According to City Councilor Lund, she had a surprise and upsetting encounter with a man outside of her workplace. According to her account, the unidentified man asked her if she was a member of the Lund council and when she confirmed that she was, the man allegedly said that Jason White had said “Hi” and that something of the genre had to be in place, or words about it. effect.

Lund says that meeting and the number of calls she received from other women claiming they had also been harassed by White were the determining factors in her decision to seek a protection against harassment order.

Councilor Lund presented her case yesterday and a judge granted a two-week order setting an August 2 date for follow-up.

The unknown

Questions for Consideration – Is Jason White’s posting of the recorded private conversation – which he believes is evidence – is it the subject of a city or county investigation? Has a decision been made on any aspect? Are there any damaging texts, allegedly sent by Lund, that have been investigated or need to be investigated for potential crimes? Will it become something or will it become “small town politics”? Will this affect the voting public in their willingness to participate in the government process?

The hearing for the protection order is scheduled to take place on Monday August 2, which is the day before the next city council meeting, and the August 3 council meeting date also happens to be the day of the primary elections. Before you vote, you may want to ask candidates what their position is on board ethics, civility, and proper conduct in the service of the people they have been elected to serve.

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