A Tent City Reprieve

Also: There may be detente between the city and the Blue Moon Tavern.


Just 24 hours shy of getting the boot from the grounds of a Woodinville church, Tent City 4 and its host, Northshore United Church of Christ, were granted an emergency stay by the state Court of Appeals on Friday, June 16. The City of Woodinville had won a round in King County Superior Court on June 9, arguing that organizer SHARE/WHEEL violated a 2004 agreement that it would go through the city permitting process before setting up shop. Superior Court Judge Charles Mertel also didn't buy legal arguments made by the church that the city was violating constitutional rights to worship and ordered the 60-plus homeless residents out of town. The appeals court, which blocked Mertel's action, will later take up legal questions about the church's First Amendment rights to worship, among other things, while Woodinville continues to go after the church in Superior Court for $250,000 in damages for hosting the homeless encampment in the first place. PHILIP DAWDY

The City

Sources say that Blue Moon Tavern owner Gus Hellthaler was to meet Wednesday, June 21, with representatives from the mayor's office, as well as state Sen. Ken Jacobsen, D-Seattle, and HistoryLink.org guru Walt Crowley. The meeting is said to be the brainchild of Jacobsen, who, like Crowley, is a longtime Moon patron who would like to see some sort of detente reached with the city. Best case scenario: The city backs off its intent to oppose the Moon's current beer-and-wine license to give Hellthaler the breathing room he needs to sell the joint. (See "Full Moon Fever," June 14.) MIKE SEELY


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