The City of Lakewood’s current proposed Rental Registration & Safety Inspection Program is an idea being considered to solve Lakewood’s slumlord problem.
The solution method our city is considering for Lakewood’s slumlord problem can best be described as, INVOLVE & PUNISH EVERYBODY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. All good landlords, good property managers and good tenants will be punished for the problematic acts of a few slumlords.
That makes no sense. The fact that other cities are doing the same thing, does not make it right. If anyone thinks the Rental Registration & Safety Inspection Program makes sense and it seems many do, then the following Drunk Driver Registration & Safety Program idea must make equal sense.
The fact that we have intoxicated drivers in the City of Lakewood is a problem more serious than the slumlord problem. We catch a few, but not all drunk drivers. Drunks are out there on our roadways. Some days, we miss the catch and the drunk driver kills an innocent victim.
If we were to use the City of Lakewood’s problem solving tactic, INVOLVE & PUNISH EVERYBODY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM, the solution might look like this.
The City of Lakewood would force everyone to install an Ignition Interlock device in every vehicle in the city including all the non-drinking good drivers, just like the city is planning to force all the good property owners into the unfair slumlord solution.
Lakewood citizens will have to pay for the installation, maintenance, monthly rental costs of the ignition interlock, just like innocent landlords will be forced to pay for the slumlord plan.
For those of you who have never had a DUI, an ignition interlock is a mouth piece and tube a driver must blow into every time they start their car. If the driver has been drinking the car will not start.
See how simple that solution would be? Question. How will those of you, who never drink and drive, feel about being lumped in with the drunks?
I expect that most readers will think this one size fits all solution is one of the most unfair and ridiculous solutions ever proposed.
Lumping innocent citizens in with the drunks and slumlords does not compute when you think about ethics, fairness and common sense.
City of Lakewood, please keep looking for solutions to our slumlord problem until an intelligent and fair solution is found.
Loren Wright says
We could start by requiring the interlocks in all vehicles owned by the city, city council member vehicles, and city employee vehicles as a ‘pilot’ program!
David Wilson says
I think they should be standard issue in every vehicle anyway along with a psychiatric evaluation included in your mandatory driving test every 5 yrs.
No worries, autonomous cars are on the way which will make all other cars and motorcycles illegal.
So long traffic tickets/DUIs, drivers licenses, traffic cops, photo-enforcement, Barbara Bowden etc…
John Arbeeny says
A case of that government that governs most governs worst. Perfect analogy but then again that’s how government grows itself. Instead of ruling by exception (that is target the few that are the problem) governments tend to let the exception rule (that is target everyone to include the vast majority who are not the problem). This not only is disrespectful of the responsible majority but also a form of tyranny, alive and well in Lakewood, WA.
David Anderson says
“The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.” – Louis D. Brandeis
Charles Hickman says
“When you’re frisky / from the whisky / don’t be driving / ’cause it’s risky.” – Burma-Shave
Joseph Boyle says
Succinctly well said.
I mean this as a compliment since it is generally agreed that brevity is not a characteristic that comes to mind when you or I communicate.
Joan C says
Great analogies and comments all. David Anderson’s should be the last word but I just have to add another example to his quote.
Our local water department contracting to a firm in Bellevue to do the yearly backflow inspections on underground irrigation systems, thereby taking business away form the small independents who are local. Way to go Lakewood Water Department.