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When demorats are in charge: Oakland raked in $9M in new fees for affordable housing; ZERO units broken ground

People often compare the government to the Mafia in that the mobs make a profit. I’d add that the Mafia actually accomplish REAL goals.

In April 2016 the Oakland City Council approved a new affordable housing impact fee to address rapidly rising rents in the city.

KQED reported at the time that, “The new ordinance permits the city to charge developers who want to build market-rate housing a one-time fee intended to help fund subsidized affordable housing. Though the impact fee is the first action the council has taken to directly address the city’s affordable housing shortage, the city administrator’s office expects it will only fund about 600 new affordable units over the next 10 years.”

Fast forward to 2019 and guess how many “affordable units” have been built?

The answer: A BIG FAT ZERO!

From SF Gate:

“In 2016, Oakland passed a fee on new residential developments that was supposed to raise $65 million over 10 years for affordable housing, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. However, three years later, just under $9 million in fees have been collected — and zero new affordable housing units funded by the fees have broken ground.

Some officials estimate that the city should have collected close to $20 million into its impact fee fund by now. So where is all the money? The city recently hired an auditor to investigate.

“We have been asking these questions for a year and not getting answers — so we don’t know if it is a failure to collect, being expended improperly or if the fund(s) are sitting somewhere, but not being tracked,” Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan told the Chronicle.

Mayor Libby Schaaf set a goal in 2016 to build 17,000 new homes, both affordable and market rate, by 2024 — with about 28 percent being affordable. By the end of last year, only about 8 percent of new units built were affordable.

As of now, Oakland has distributed about $4.8 million of the funds from the 2016 program to three affordable housing projects. Construction has yet to begin on any of these projects.

This is no surprise considering that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (a demorat) works harder to ensure that criminal illegal aliens have more protections and representation than citizens.

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You can’t make this up: Seattle creates website to track their progress and “success”

When liberals’ policies and practices fail their citizens, the best way to cover their butts is to create some propaganda!

Want to know how much of a “success” Seattle is? See the following examples:

Resident in liberal utopia of Seattle who has been targeted by homeless: “Our community is just falling apart
Seattle repeat offender attacks man outside courthouse; was just released from jail earlier this month
Liberal utopia of Seattle: Prostitutes flooding the streets due to lack of law enforcement
Lawless in Seattle: Police take over an hour to respond to burglary in progress
Violent repeat offender in Seattle assaults toddler with coffee, two days after his jail release
Scared in Seattle: Citizens terrorized by the homeless & sidewalks turned into toilets

To somehow convince themselves that they are really successful demorats, the city Seattle has created a “information dashboard” where Seattle residents can see what their City is doing to make their lives better.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Excerpts from Mayor Jenny Durkan’s exciting announcement:

“We are showing how we are improving access to frequent transit, building affordable housing, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, meeting targets in our delivery of basic City services, and increasing people’s access to critical services and supports. My commitment is to share with Seattle’s residents where we are meeting our goals and where we need to lean in and innovate.”

The Performance Seattle dashboard tracks the City’s success meeting aggressive performance metrics, helping departments meet critical service delivery goals – like Seattle Police Department’s goal of responding to 100% of Priority 1 calls within seven minutes.

Seattle’s leadership is committed to governing with data and evidence.”

Read the mayor’s full announcement here.

How long did Seattle’s leaders work on this information dashboard? “Performance Seattle is a product of months of work by the Seattle Innovation & Performance team, and was developed in collaboration with over 150 City staff.”

Here’s a link to the new “Performance Seattle” website where residents can obtain a “deeper understanding of how well the City of Seattle is meeting key on-going service targets.”

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Rep. Karen Bass (CA) says house open to impeaching President Trump again if he wins 2020

This womyn represents Culver City and parts of Los Angeles – the place where the homeless death rate has jumped by more than a third.

Instead of focusing on her sh*thole community, the congresswomen is – of course – intent on focusing on her TDS.

Hopefully demorats are in for a big surprise in 2020.

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Portland, OR to require all new buildings, incl. private homes, provide ‘rest and welcome’ to homeless

More insanity from the city government of Portland, Oregon.

Lashay Wesley reports for KATU News that on Nov. 12, 2019, the City of Portland’s 11-member Planning and Sustainability Commission narrowly approved a controversial change to the design process language to say all property owners must “Provide opportunities to rest and be welcome” to homeless people.

The change was introduced by Commissioner Oriana Magnera (see her LinkedIn page here), who has a B.A. in Women’s Studies and is also the climate and energy policy coordinator of Verde, a local “environmental justice” non-profit. She said: “Just one of the realities of Portland right now is that we have a lot of folks who are unhoused who benefit from some of these spaces that provide weather protection.”

Some are rightly concerned that the change to the city of Portland’s design review process would lead to homeless people camping on private property. Questions were raised even by members of the Planning and Sustainability Commission:

  • Commission Chair and architect Katherine Schultz asked: “What does it mean to rest? Am I providing a place to sleep?”
  • Commissioner and attorney Jeff Bachrach said: “I’m concerned that this is going to become quite controversial. I think for us to put into design review some loaded words that suggest we want some design commissioners to think about people resting for hours, pitching tents, I think we’re just putting too great of a burden on design review.”

KATU News reached out to each member of the commission, but no one would agree to talk about the proposal on the record, including Magnera who had proposed the idea. Commission Chair Schultz provided this statement to KATU News:

The discussion around ‘Guideline 6: Provide opportunities to rest and be welcome’ was one of the most robust of the Planning and Sustainability Commission’s November 12 work session on the Design Overlay Zone Amendments (DOZA) project. Commissioners discussed how private development can provide places for people to feel welcome and safe, as well as allow space for people to rest, especially in light of our current housing shortage.

The Commission will talk about this further at our next work session and will provide suggested language to the Design Commission that helps clarify the intent of the word “rest.” The Design Commission is the recommending body to City Council for proposed new design guidelines.

The City design review program and guidelines that are the subject of DOZA affect the design of new buildings but do not control the use of properties.

The City of Portland also declined to comment, but provided this letter from the Planning and Sustainability Commission:

Understanding we are talking about private property here, we still want to ensure the openness and welcoming factors contribute to the development.

Specific to the phrasing of the guideline itself, we suggest making it even more clear that development should provide supportive space for people to feel welcome and safe and should allow space for people to rest, especially under our current housing shortage.

The definition of “rest” was quite involved. We think the background should address this more fully and clarify the intent of the word. The PSC will talk about this further at its [Dec. 17] work session and will provide suggested language to the Design Commission after our discussion.

According to BizPacReview, this is not yet a done deal as the motion must pass more committees before a final vote.

~Eowyn

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King County judge on why repeat offenders get no punishment: “We’re just talking about property crime”

As I’ve told you about many times, demorat-run Seattle/King County has a serious problem with homeless criminals and repeat offenders. See the following examples:

Seattle repeat offender attacks man outside courthouse; was just released from jail earlier this month
Homeless harassing King County Courthouse workers: “It’s a reflection of the courthouse location”
How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?
Resident in liberal utopia of Seattle who has been targeted by homeless: “Our community is just falling apart
Violent repeat offender in Seattle assaults toddler with coffee, two days after his jail release

A study done earlier this year showed that repeat offenders cycle through “with little accountability and no apparent impact on their behavior.”

Part of the problem? The “justice system” and court laws don’t work to protect law-abiding citizens and their property that criminals damage.

Judge Jim Rogers

King County Superior Court Presiding Judge James Rogers did an interview with MyNorthwest.com that was very revealing. Excerpts from his interview:

“…according to court rules, people charged with crimes that are not capital crimes should be released on personal recognizance, unless they 1) fail to appear in court, 2) intimidate witnesses, or 3) are highly likely to re-offend.

“With Mr. Chilcott (repeat offender), because it wasn’t a violent crime that was charged, we’re just talking about property crime,” Rogers said, adding, “I’m not saying he didn’t act violently with police when they tried to arrest him, but there was no underlying charge, so we’re really looking, in our view, at a property crime.”

While judges “are bound by criminal rules approved by the Washington State Supreme Court — and they do give a very strong presumption of release, unless certain factors are met,” they still “take the rights of victims seriously.”

The “presumption of release” is likely stronger with property crimes than with violent crimes, Rogers guessed. He said that the jail is full of people charged with violent crimes who do not get set free on their own recognizance.

“When it comes to a property crime, we’re really restricted to talking about whether or not they’re going to appear [in court],” he said.”

Read the whole story here.

Both the City of Seattle and King County prosecutors are progressives who are committed to “criminal justice reform.”

So much so that property crime is not considered a major offense. Criminals KNOW what they can get away with and KNOW that they will not do serious time for breaking the law.

After all it’s just YOUR property being destroyed, not theirs.

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Socialist Seattle council member whines that massive budget isn’t enough to address racism

Socialist Kshama Sawant

This past week the Seattle City Council passed a $6.5 BILLION budget. With a population of approximately 745,000 that equates to a little over $8,700 taxpayer dollars to be spent per citizen.

Ballotpedia cites an April 2015 study which found that the country’s 100 largest cities by population spent an average of $2,605 per citizen in the most recent fiscal year for which reports were available. The average city budget in the largest 100 cities was $2.14 billion. Seattle was one of six cities which spent more per citizen on average than the states in which they are located.

Fast forward to 2019 and Seattle is still on track to break large-city budget records.

Earlier this month three Seattle council members were seeking re-election and they all won. Including socialist Kshama Sawant.

The socialist was the lone dissenting voice in approving the city’s new budget. Her reasoning?

The budget is “not a moral document.”

Apparently $6.5 BILLION doesn’t go far enough in addressing the social needs of the city and the “deep inequality and racism” in Seattle.

Odd how such a liberal and “progressive” city – which has been run by demorats for decades – could still possibly have a problem with inequality and racism.

Anyhow, back to Seattle’s budget.

As an “economist,” socialist Sawant should know a thing or two about financial documents. She says the $6.5 BILLION budget still “fails to meet human needs.”

The socialist is intent on squeezing more money out of taxpayers: “I don’t want us to rest on our laurels, and I hope that when January comes around, we will get back to serious organizing to win taxes on big business, to win rent control, and to make this city affordable and livable for everybody.”

As an “economist,” I wonder how she calculates how much money is necessary to address subjective and unquantifiable budget line items such as racism and inequality?

And what budget line items does she want include to make sure than “human needs” are met? After all, can’t a progressive subjectively make an argument for anything their hearts desire (and that which gets them votes) be proclaimed as a human need?

Seattle progressives DESERVE everything they vote for (homelessness criminals, repeat offenders, etc.) They’ve all failed in economics as they haven’t learned one golden rule:

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Seattle repeat offender attacks man outside courthouse; was just released from jail earlier this month

Like many progressive-run cities on the west coast, Seattle has serious problems: homelessness, criminal activities openly committed on the streets and attacks by repeat offenders. See the following:

Homeless harassing King County Courthouse workers: “It’s a reflection of the courthouse location”
How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?
Resident in liberal utopia of Seattle who has been targeted by homeless: “Our community is just falling apart
Violent repeat offender in Seattle assaults toddler with coffee, two days after his jail release

Now this past week a defense attorney was attacked from behind by a repeat offender in downtown Seattle. The victim landed on a fire hydrant after the hit and the repeat offender tried to push him in the street.

The perp was just released from jail earlier this month and has been arrested four times in the last two months. His crimes include trespassing and assault. The perp pleaded guilty to the assault and received a deferred sentence, meaning he was let out of jail.

If you have any plans to visit Seattle, I’d either change my plans or stay far, far away from downtown. It is no longer a safe city for law-abiding citizens.

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The spin is real: Headline on Seattle’s “waste” problem avoids the real culprit

Liberal utopia of Seattle/Q13 Fox photo

If you’ve been to our site before you know that Seattle has a very real homeless crisis. If you haven’t visited us before, just type “Seattle” or “homeless” in our search button and you’ll find plenty of stories about the homeless criminals and bureaucrats’ inaction to actually solving the problem.

Between the city and King County, they spend more than $1 BILLION a year to try and solve the problem. Apparently that much money is not enough. It’s NEVER enough.

Imagine my surprise when I saw this headline at one of my favorite Seattle news web sites: “Shortage of Seattle public bathrooms creating wave of waste.”

Yeah, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

A much more appropriate, albeit longer, headline would be: Due to progressive policies of coddling the mentally ill and substance-abusing homeless criminals and repeat offenders leads to more people living on the streets and creating a public health crisis due to human feces deposited throughout the city.

The details from this obvious misleading headline at MyNorthwest.com include the following:

A shortage of public bathrooms in Seattle, paired with a rising tide of people living outside, has created a wave of waste: This year so far, Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) cleaners have responded to 6,456 reports of human feces just in the retail core of downtown, which already exceeds the entirety of incidents last year.

Members of Seattle City Council have moved on a solution, allocating almost $1.3 million in next year’s proposed city budget to buy and staff five “mobile bathroom facilities.” Don’t imagine port-a-potties: These would be bathrooms on wheels, with hand-washing stations, needle disposal, and a staff person to clean them and make sure no one sleeps or uses drugs inside.

The latest homeless count for Seattle/King County showed that there are 11,199 people experiencing homelessness countywide.

In a city where discussions around homelessness became very divisive in the run-up to the 2019 city council elections, the Board of Health declared homelessness a public health disaster over a year ago.”

Read the whole MyNorthwest.com story here.

As I mentioned in a post this past week, Seattle residents just re-elected three councilmember incumbents. They DESERVE what they vote for.

Congratulations Seattle voters, you’re on your way to possibly rivaling the streets of San Francisco!

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The new norm in Seattle? Homeless man throws rock at citizen in car, 911 operator & police do nothing

I’m fresh outta empathy for Seattle voters. The former mayor of Seattle declared a “state of emergency” over homelessness in 2015 and after spending MILLIONS of dollars, the situation has not improved.

In fact, it’s gotten worse. Thanks to King County’s “criminal justice reform” goal, prolific and repeat offenders – the majority of them homeless – are free to roam the streets of Seattle and get away with harming residents. I’ve done many posts on the situation in Seattle – see here, here, here, here or here.

Seattle just had citywide elections earlier this month and all three council incumbents running for re-election WON.

YOU DESERVE WHAT YOU VOTE FOR SEATTLE.

Now you get this: A homeless man threw a rock at a man driving in his car. The man thought he’d been shot.

The victim called 911 to report the homeless criminal. Someone had already called the police to report the man and cops had arrived. As a result, the 911 operator didn’t take the victim’s information. The homeless criminal was not arrested. Read all the details about the crime at MyNorthwest.com.

The victim has all kinds of empathy for the man who attacked him with a deadly weapon and the police/911 operator who failed to do their jobs. More from MyNorthwest.com: The victim holds no grudges with the operator and certainly not the police. But he’s sad that this will likely be a case of a homeless criminal neither getting the help he clearly needs nor the punishment he clearly deserves.”

If you have any intentions of moving to Seattle – or visiting – I’d stay far, far away from that place. It is no longer a safe city for law-abiding citizens.

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Another Seattle repeat-offender crime? Man gets knocked unconscious; wakes up in ambulance

Just last week I reported on a Seattle man who pulled a knife on business employee. He has more than 100 convictions yet is still roaming the streets of Seattle.

There are PLENTY of other examples of how Seattle/King County allow repeat offenders to victimize tax-paying and law-abiding citizens. See the following:

How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?
Seattle/King County finally have a plan to address repeat offenders: Will cost just an additional $5M taxpayer dollars
Violent repeat offender in Seattle assaults toddler with coffee, two days after his jail release
Insanity in Seattle: Homeless man attempts to kidnap child. Guess how many previous arrests/convictions he has…

KIRO7 News reported on November 14 that a man was attacked walking on downtown Seattle. He doesn’t remember the attack that caused him to hit his head on the concrete wherein he lost conscious for 40 minutes.

The victim, IT worker Young Kim, doesn’t remember the attack. He was confused when he woke up in an ambulance.

For some reason, the above video’s audio is not playing properly – even on YouTube.

From the KIRO7 story:

“I ask to them what happened? They say, someone hit, someone attack me and then that’s why I’m going to the hospital.”

The victim continues: “I heard many story in the Seattle downtown I never expecting it to happen to me.”

KIRO7 apparently learned that two tourists were knocked unconscious in downtown Seattle by a man later arrested and charged. No confirmation was given if there was any connection between these incidents and the attack on Kim.

Kim says, “I’m very scared when I walk the street.”

Well, you should be. You should be very, very afraid to walk the streets of progressive-run Seattle.

If you have any intention of visiting Seattle, I suggest you change your plans.

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