In this story King5 reports on the underuse of the program, codified at RCW 61.24.163. Meanwhile read the comments to see what Washington Senate candidate Michelle Darnell and I have to say about Mediation.
I was an escrow attorney in the heyday of the banking scandal that predicated this mess. Having worked with Michelle Darnell I/we have seen the rubber stamp process and had to file a formal complaint to get Wells Fargo found in Bad Faith. The system needs revamped and the Mediators need to broaden the evidentiary window to include reasonable challenges to real party in interest because that determines what programs homeowners may be eligible for. I testified (video link) to a Senate Committee on some of these matters only to be rebuffed by one of the initiators of the Fairness program. I won't have any of that because I spoke the Truth and let the chips fall where they may.
.......While most politicians seem to want discuss education, transportation or the need to raise taxes, I want to discuss the cause of many of our problems. Our current revenue problems stem in large part from the foreclosure/housing crisis. This is the 800 pound gorilla in the room that no one wants to discuss. Think of the state budget like a bucket. There is an 8 inch hole in the bucket.
My opponent and many others in state leadership want to continue to attempt to fill the bucket(raise taxes) with more water but they don't fix the hole!! The WA FFA helps but we must strengthen it and we must do much more to stop the state and local revenue being lost as a consequence of foreclosure in our state. As State Senator, I will certainly address this very significant issue in a fair and balanced way. Please follow my website for specifics to my plan.
And here is an article published by Howard Bono and me on his Financial Revival Group website, "Mediation: A Can Opener for Washington Homeowners."
Meanwhile be aware that in the wake of the huge MERS loss begat by the litigation by Montgomery County, PA Recorder Nancy Becker, note that the banksters are coming to Seattle next week to try to re-write crucial portions of the Uniform Commercial Code that would tend to remove scrutiny of false and forged documents that bank attorneys use to foreclose. The Rolling Rebellion will be manifest, with lawyers, politicians and citizens rallying on Friday, 11 July 2014 at Westlake Park. Here is a link to that event, as Karen Pooley and I expect to pull our park permit for amplified voice equipment on Monday, 7 July 2014. Stay tuned for a journal entry on Monday, 7 July 2014. Banksters don't like cameras and protests by people who know what they are talking about.