‘Bigots of Normandy Park’ Website Taken Down After 8 Days


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[EDITOR’S NOTE: This story originally appeared on our sister site The Normandy Park Blog:]

by Jack Mayne

A website aimed at discrediting the Normandy Park Cares organization – which has been opposed to Hanbleceya, a for-profit mental health business operating illegally according to the DSHS – was started on Feb. 13 and taken down Thursday evening, perhaps because of a letter from the Normandy Park mayor, or potential media stories, even perhaps because of potential investigations by state or local officials.

The site was headlined as “Bigots of NPC” (Normandy Park Cares) and it said there were “two main purposes” for it:

“1) To inform the residents of Normandy Park, the city of Seattle and the state of Washington who is part of the organization and/or support of the Hate Group Normandy Park Cares (NPC);

“2) Anytime a new resident decides to follow this group, we want to make the entire community aware.”

The site’s founder, according to the posting, was “Jan Chen” who said, “I have lived in the Seattle area for many years. I currently live on Marine View Drive in Normandy Park with a dear friend.” She also said she had a relative with mental health issues.

Chen did not respond to an email request from our sister site The Normandy Park Blog.

Jan Chen was not known to anyone, said Normandy Park Mayor Clarke Brant. He said he refused to open the site “because I don’t what that kind of thing on my hard drive.”

Site challenged Cares
The Bigots of NPC site said, “NPC espouses to be open and accepting, yet I firmly believe they practice Hate. NPC regularly discriminates against the mentally ill, but say they are fighting for their safety. This is a hypocritical group and most of us living in the Normandy Park community know it.”

It went on to suggest ways people could help:

“If you know anyone who supports NPC or is part of the organizing of NPC please send me their name, picture, and any relevant facts about what they are doing to help NPC continue their commitment to discrimination and bigotry. Providing a workplace name would be real nice as well. Help me call these people out for their anti-humane efforts to eradicate mental illness from the Normandy Park area.”

The site contained three photos of people in Normandy Park Cares, one photo distorted to make the individual look hideous. It also listed several names of people it thought were in league with Normandy Park Cares, but Mayor Brant said most he had never heard of.

Mayor asks for “some examples”
The mayor did respond to the email about the Bigots of NPC new site.

His letter began “Dear Jan” and challenged her premises.

“If you can expose specific acts of ‘bigotry’ that you see daily, I would appreciate some examples. I know the city is working with our legislators and state agencies to try to get this operator under some form of regulation and oversight which will greatly help the vulnerable people they are working with.”

“I have had mental illness in my family also, and know it can be very difficult to deal with. I would ask that you evaluate your motives for raising the speech level in this matter by using inflammatory words such as ‘bigot’, ‘hate’, ‘discrimination’ and such. There should be room for rational discourse without becoming a purveyor, yourself, of the ‘hate’ you seem to be able to see. By the way, going after people’s workplaces could expose you personally to various and costly tort litigation.

Brant ended his response by saying he was “writing on my own behalf and not the rest of the City Council and simply ask that you not throw gasoline as an attempt to put out a perceived fire. The city is working diligently, and with the help of our attorneys to find the best solution which likely will involve state oversight and licensing of for-profit companies working with the mentally ill and hope that you can support that goal.”

The mayor said he discussed with the city’s police chief whether the Chen website violated the state’s Cyberstalking law which says:

“A person is guilty of cyberstalking if he or she, with intent to harass, intimidate, torment, or embarrass any other person, and under circumstances not constituting telephone harassment, makes an electronic communication to such other person or a third party.”

Brant said Police Chief Chris Gaddis felt the site did not meet that legal standard.

Kerry Paulson, managing partner of Hanbleceya Treatment Center, founded in 1979 and based in San Diego, told The Normandy Park Blog he would not support such a site, that he and the company had nothing to do with it and would have nothing to do with Chen and such an organization.

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5 Responses to “‘Bigots of Normandy Park’ Website Taken Down After 8 Days”
  1. Cassie Southerhorn says:

    IMPORTANT DETAILS FROM A NAMED TARGET: Yes I was on the list.

    The other things that needs to be said here is that Jan Chen was calling for Names, Addresses, Work Addresses, lists of family members, and photos of those named and their family members, that would include the children of those named. And also any personal information about those named in the list to be submitted to her.

    You don’t gather that type of information unless you are looking to do harm to the listed persons. Stalkers do this, Killers do this, why else would you want to know that I have a husband, elderly aunt and two children in my home? The last person we all may have heard of doing this, what Christopher Dorner of L.A. before he shot and killed Monica Quann. He built “profiles” of his victims, same as Jan Chen was attempting to do.

    This wasn’t a membership list Jan Chen was formulating, this was a hit list. An attempt to allow others to take out Jan Chen’s anger and hate against senior citizens, and a city council member, among those named.

    Despite Kerry Paulson’s denial, Kerry Paulson and Hanbleceya are the ONLY ones who would gain by intimidating those who seek regulation of the illegal adult family homes Hanbleceya is running. Yes DSHS has declared them illegal in September!

    The same 3 Top people on this hit list were also targeted to be excluded by Kerry Paulson during the “Group Home” Committee meetings in Normandy Park. I earned the #4 spot on the list.

    Furthermore there have been multiple acts of intimidation against persons already on this list over the last several months.

    This is the SECOND hit list published with persons claiming to expose the bigots of Normandy Park, and an ongoing effort to intimidate or inspire others to violence against those who want Hanbleceya regulated.

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    • Resident of NP says:

      Terrorizing and threatening a community because of a view different than yours and then in the same sentence stating you are trying to help people suffering from mental illness. WHAT???? Oh the irony!

      Jan Chen instead of threats, how about a mature conversation and constructive actions that would benefit the people you are supposedly trying to help? I don’t think anyone needs or wants the kind of help that you have offered thus far. It is bullying and cowardly behavior.

      Thank you Mayor Brandt for your leadership and wisdom clearly portrayed in your letter.

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  2. Linda says:

    Does anyone know where this Jan person lives?

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  3. school psychologist says:

    No one is holding The Seattle Times accountable for its major role in helping to tear this fine community apart through irresponsible, sensational reporting.

    First there was the staged photo of scowling Normandy Park adults and children, arms folded, guarding their property as if their lives depended on it. You all were used, my friends, in a most unethical way, to punctuate the story with a threatening visual. I am sure you are all much nicer, more reasonable than you were made to appear.

    Then there was the reporter’s stereotypical and over-generalized portrayal of our mentally ill neighbors: none can live independently without 24/7 supervision. Really? Not true, but it sure is good fodder for increasing fear.

    It is good to draw attention to group homes that may require a higher level of state monitoring. It is good to ask questions of Hanbleceya and demand accountability.

    It is not best practices journalism to inflame and incite, to write a hit-and-run piece that helps render a good community emotionally drained.

    From my heart, I wish you all well and hope you can find some common ground to live your lives, as you had hoped, in a safe and inclusive community.

    The Seattle Times and Christine Willmsen? Shame on them for exploiting this issue for their own benefit, rather than fairly investigating an important story for the good of the public they are supposed to serve.

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    • Cassie Southerhorn says:

      I’m surprised that a psychologist would take the position that the reporter used exploitation and not investigation. It almost appears that she is defending Hanbleceya by coming thru a back door. As one of the targets on a recent hate filled website I can tell her that every word Willmsen wrote is true. Does she not know that Dr. Carter the psychiatrist who saw the Hanbleceya patients said that they weren’t capable of taking care of themselves 24/7? She also omits the fact that as of today they are still operating without licenses for the homes in spite of the fact that the company was told they were illegal at the end of September last year. Shame on the psychologist, not Christine W or the Seattle Times.

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