Seattle pays newly appointed ‘street czar’ $150K to focus on alternatives to policing

Seattle pays newly appointed ‘street czar’ $150K to focus on alternatives to policing
That's him in the turquoise lab coat (Image: KOMO screen grab)

[Ed. – Just what the city needs to round out its ‘Summer of Love.’]

The city of Seattle has entered into a contract with Andre Taylor, a high-profile civic activist who will become the city’s first “Street Czar,” a role that has come under fire from some in the community.

Under the terms of the year-long contract, the city will pay Taylor and his group, called Not This Time, $150,000 to provide “expertise and support services in de-escalation, community engagement, and alternatives to policing.” The city’s contract was first reported by Publicola.

Taylor said the role will benefit the city and its outreach efforts to the community.

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“A street czar is a person who has a particular genius in a particular area,” Taylor told KOMO News on Tuesday. “I know the term ‘street czar’ is quite provocative.”

Taylor said he devised the title by following a practice by former President Barack Obama of designating “czars.”…

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