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Reject Patrick O'Brien for Kenmore City Council | Letter
On April 19, the Bothell-Kenmore Reporter published Pat O’Brien’s letter to editor claiming how wrong and abusive the city of Kenmore was in demanding that he get certain building permits for his “grape arbor” that was later used to support solar panels.
He also refused to obtain a permit for a retaining wall that was inadequately constructed and is now failing and a safety hazard.
Subsequently, Mr. O’Brien filed as a candidate for Kenmore City Council Position 4. He continued to refuse to obtain the required building permits and refused to abide by the normal rules of law.
The city of Kenmore brought legal actions to enforce the normal permitting requirements. The press release issued by the city of Kenmore on Aug. 22 gives the history of the legal action to date. The city's Hearing Examiner and King County Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer, who heard the appeal, have both ruled in favor of the city on every issue. Mr. O’Brien is required to obtain permits for his solar panel support structure and his retaining wall.
Kenmore voters should be aware of Mr. O’Brien’s actions. Do Kenmore citizens want a council member who flagrantly disobeys city codes? Do they want a council member who thinks he is above the law? I think not. I urge Kenmore voters to reject Patrick O’Brien in his bid for City Council Position 4 in the Nov. 5 general election.
Bill Roetcisoender, Kenmore