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Kamala Harris teams up with Maxine Waters on $13B plan to “end” homelessness

The street of LA…

Not ONE mention of addressing the REAL culprits of homelessness: Drugs and mental health issues. Yet if the actual root of the problem is addressed then there’s no need for continuously siphoning taxpayer dollars.

From HuffPo: Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is running for president, introduced a bill Thursday that would invest billions of more dollars in affordable housing and other initiatives to prevent homelessness.

The “Ending Homelessness Act,” which was co-sponsored by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), would give an additional $13.27 billion over five years to create an estimated 400,000 affordable housing units.

The funds would go to supportive housing, including homeless shelters and transitional housing, as well as housing vouchers for low-income families and local outreach services to homeless residents.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) introduced a similar bill in the House in March, which passed in committee and is expected to go to the House floor.

“Too many people don’t have a safe place to call home. We must act quickly to tackle our country’s homelessness crisis head on,” Harris said in a news release. “The women and men who woke up this morning on a bench or under an overpass cannot afford to wait.”

The lack of affordable housing is a nationwide crisis, and California has one of the highest rates of homelessness. On any given day in January 2018, more than 500,000 people were homeless in the U.S., according to a federal report.

Nearly a quarter of the nation’s homeless residents live in California. In the past two years, homelessness has spiked in Los Angeles, parts of which Waters represents, and the San Francisco Bay Area, where Harris is from and had served as district attorney.

President Donald Trump went on a tear last month about homelessness in California, notably complaining about how people living in tents were ruining the “prestige” of San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The streets of San Francisco…

Some of Harris’ fellow 2020 contenders have also zeroed in on homelessness in recent weeks, with former Housing Secretary Julián Castro and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke both visiting California last month to speak with people in homeless encampments.

The funds for Harris’ and Waters’ legislation would be appropriated from mandatory emergency relief funding, according to a news release ― but Harris’ team said it was still to be determined, namely through processes in the Senate committee, exactly where the funds would be drawn from.

“In the richest country in the world, it is simply unacceptable that we have people living in the streets,” Waters said in a news release.

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Liberal utopia of Seattle: Business owner gives up on reporting crime to Seattle Police

If you’ve read any of my posts about the homeless crisis and repeat offenders in Seattle/King County, you know they have a serious problem.

Last month I told you about the downtown family-owned drugstore Bartell Drugs that was closing due to crime. Their employees are routinely harassed or beaten by criminals.

Other examples of rampant crime committed by the homeless/repeat offenders and the bureaucrats’ inability to adequately respond:

Liberal utopia of Seattle: Homeless man who beat up musician that was left unable to speak out of jail after 10 days with no bail!
Failed city of Seattle: Police response to business owner whose customer was assaulted by homeless criminal, “you’re pretty far down the line, pal”
Rape, strangulation and assault: Three attacks by homeless people in Seattle in less than a month
Insanity in Seattle: Homeless man attempts to kidnap child. Guess how many previous arrests/convictions he has…

Now the CEO of the Asian, family-owned grocery store chain, Uwaimaya, has publicly stated that their business has given up on reporting crimes to Seattle Police.

From her MyNorthwest.com interview:

“CEO Denise Moriguchi joined the Candy, Mike and Todd Show to discuss why her business temporarily stopped bothering to report crimes to the Seattle Police Department.

“We’re concerned for the safety of our employees, for the residents, for customers. And it’s something unfortunately now we have to deal with more and more, and it doesn’t seem like things are getting better,” she said.

“System Failure 2” makes mention of a retail theft program that allows businesses to report incidents online with the Seattle Police Department. It’s a system Moriguchi has had trouble with, and caused her temporarily to give up on reporting incidents in her stores altogether.

“The main reason is we weren’t seeing a lot of traction with reporting. It takes time. It takes people away from their everyday job. It takes effort, and without a lot of results, you kind of question why you’re doing it,” she said.

“Typically we feel like not a lot happens,” Moriguchi continued. “We do see run-ins with people that are stealing or have had confrontations with employees, have been disruptive in the store. And the SPD is called and they’re great. But the next day or the next afternoon that person is back in the store, so it’s difficult to see how when we do report things, how it’s actually contributing to making things better.

Moriguchi says that ultimately Uwajimaya did continue reporting incidents after temporarily giving up, because not doing so mistakenly created the impression that things have improved, which they haven’t. Still, she believes the system desperately needs to change.

Read the whole story here.

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Seattle and Philadelphia mayors don’t want President Trump taking the lead on homeless

In November 2015 former demorat Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (who resigned due to child sex abuse allegations) declared an emergency and announced new investments to respond to homelessness. Between the city and King County, they initially pledged $7.3M to address the crisis.

Fast forward to 2019 and this is the state of the homeless crisis in King County:

Number of homeless: 11,199 (down 8% from previous year)
Total spent in 2017: $195 million
Estimated annual price tag to solve homeless crisis: $1 BILLION

So what is the Seattle bureaucrats’ new solution? A new government bureaucracy between the city and county called, “King County Regional Homelessness Authority.”

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

According to current demorat Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, “Today marks the start of a new era.”

Philadelphia Mayor, demorat Jim Kenney, has a homeless problem, too. An article from January of this year explains that at a July count (I’m assuming from 2018) found that the number of homeless had more than doubled from the previous year’s count.

The streets of Philadelphia

And of course we know about the homeless crises in Portland, Los Angeles and San Francisco. And the horrendous conditions to be found on their streets: urine, feces, rats and needles. And bonus: Diseases such as typhus and leprosy.

Funny how all the cities experiencing such catastrophes are demorat-run cities.

In essence, NONE OF THESE CITIES has been able to comprehensively and effectively deal with the homeless problems in their cities despite spending MILLIONS and MILLIONS of taxpayer dollars.

Seattle Mayor Durkan and Philadelphia Mayor penned a piece on the homeless for Politico entitled, “Don’t let Trump take the lead on housing.”

The sub headline reads, “Housing affordability is a big issue in cities like ours. Democrats should debate it more.

Yeah, more talk is EXACTLY what is needed…

Excerpts from their opinion piece:

“Walk through any major city today, and it’s easy to see why housing affordability and homelessness are top concerns across the country. Minimum wage workers are relying on food banks and overnight shelters. Unsheltered veterans, families and neighbors are living in desperate, unsanitary conditions. Students leaving school after the final bell meet their parents and siblings where they live together: in their cars, unable to find affordable homes. Too many families in cities like ours are now living in cars, vans or RVs.

Last week, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump is ordering a “crackdown” on homelessness and that his aides have been mulling the possibility of the federal government moving into cities to round up people experiencing homelessness. This week, Trump’s Council of Economic Advisors released a report that focuses on misleading assertions that this crisis could be cured by deregulation of the housing market. Afterward, the president visited California and spread more false narratives about the problem of homelessness.

Let’s be clear: Cities have been asking for help. We desperately need collaboration from the federal government, with its unique ability to catalyze fundamental policy change and make investments at the scale the problem demands. But instead of looking for ways to support and partner with America’s cities to help solve this human crisis, Trump hurls insults, floats poisonous policy proposals and pushes sensational headlines, not solutions. It is time to end this political game.

But at the same time as the president is blaming cities for the problem, he is ignoring how the federal government is contributing to it. For instance, his administration has cut resources for health care, mental health programs and housing, and those cuts are feeding the roots of this crisis. In the meantime, cities have had no choice but to become the social safety net. Mayors across the country are spending unprecedented local taxpayer dollars to build affordable housing, roll out new rental assistance for low-income households, propose new renter eviction protections, and create an emergency homelessness response system of shelters, meal programs, and outreach services.”

Read the whole thing here.

Of course in the end they ask for more federal funding. They ALWAYS need more taxpayer dollars to solve anything.

The last sentence of their opinion piece states, “U.S. mayors are ready to work with Congress and the current and future administrations to address the housing crisis that our voters want us to solve.”

This is rich considering that the title of their piece highlights their TDS. I highly doubt they are sincere in their desire to collaborate with the current administration (make sure to watch the video above where Mayor Kenney states President Trump “frightens him). They just want him to write a blank taxpayer check.

These cities have had YEARS and MILLIONS of dollars to try and solve their problems. The reality is that their cities have turned into sh*tholes.

Putting their TDS on display only reinforces they hypocritical stance that it’s time to “end this political game.”

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Seattle/King County finally have a plan to address repeat offenders: Will cost just an additional $5M taxpayer dollars

I’m no bureaucrat but couldn’t law enforcement and judges just enforce current laws and hand out stricter sentences rather than releasing these perps? Yet that solution wouldn’t allow these progressive politicians to abuse more taxpayer dollars.

As I’ve told you in many posts, the Seattle/King County area is notorious for releasing repeat offenders. These repeat offenders have one thing in common – homelessness.

A report released this past March showed that of the 100 repeat violent offenders in the study, ALL were drug addicts and homeless. Around 40 percent had severe mental illness. A month after the report was released, 40 of the violent offenders had been arrested again and booked in jail, for a total of 43 times.

Seattle and King County already spend MILLIONS (around $200M annually; the 2019/2020 budget is even more) of taxpayer dollars to try and solve the homeless crisis.

But that’s not enough money. It’s NEVER ENOUGH.

Apparently the local bureaucrats have finally started to listen to their constituents and are now proposing a new idea to address the repeat offender crisis that results in criminals going through the revolving door of the King County Jail: A $5.4 million “suite of programs” to end this cycle.

Excerpts from the Seattle Times story about this brilliant new plan:

“Mayor Jenny Durkan and City Attorney Pete Holmes, along with county Executive Dow Constantine and County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, announced four programs focused on providing more places for this population to get treatment, as well as more incentives for them to seek that treatment.

In response, Durkan this spring convened a work group that included members of law enforcement, courts and public health. Thursday’s recommendations are a partial outcome from that work group, but many of the measures will need to be approved as part of upcoming city and county budgets.

The recommendations would cost the city almost $3 million, while the county would kick in $2.4 million. The programs could come online late this year or in early 2020, Durkan and Constantine promised.

The proposals are focused on trying to close gaps in the system that prevent these offenders from getting treatment and services, and not merely locking them up, as some have called for.

“Simply going with an incarceration model is not going to cure the high rates that we’re seeing,” said City Attorney Pete Holmes. “That is appropriate for certain populations but it’s not going to solve the problems that we see on a larger scale on our streets.”

The city and county said they will work together to fund a 60-bed treatment center, with case-management and behavioral-health services available, in the West Wing of the King County Jail at a cost of $4 million for capital, and $800,000 for annual operations — costs that will be split evenly between the city and county. A low-barrier homeless shelter has been open in the jail since the spring.

Durkan also proposed putting $170,000 toward a new probation program in Seattle Municipal Court focused on interventions such as shortening sentences for an offender who’s willing to get into treatment; this would be in addition to $120,000 from Seattle Municipal Court.

The mayor has also proposed hiring an additional assistant city attorney focused on overseeing these efforts and assessing whether they work, at a cost of $150,000.

You can read the whole story here and how they plan to meet the needs of the law-abiding citizens criminal population.

Do you really believe that these bureaucrats are going to be able to solve their repeat offender situation for just $5.4 million when they can’t even put a dent in their homeless crisis with $200 million?

I wouldn’t bet $10 on that because that’s a guaranteed loser bet.

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President Trump proposes addressing California homeless crisis; liberals decry him as “Hitler”

We all know that the homeless crisis in California is bad, very bad. See the NSFW video below.

Demorat-run cities are plagued with streets lined with syringes, feces and urine. There are 124 confirmed cases of typhus in Los Angeles with fears of the Bubonic Plague making a comeback. Even leprosy has found its way back into California!

Man infected with leprosy

President Trump’s administration is actually considering doing something to help the people living on the streets of California. From the HuffPo story:

“Trump administration officials were in Los Angeles this week to learn about the city’s homelessness crisis and explore avenues for addressing the broader issue across the state.

Among the proposed options is a plan to clear street encampments in Los Angeles and other cities and move the homeless people into government-run facilities, according to a report by The Washington Post.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Staff from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office on Tuesday took officials from the White House, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Domestic Policy Council on a tour of the city’s skid row.

The group visited several homeless shelters, including a facility that recently opened in South L.A. as part of a new $20 million program called A Bridge Home, according to Garcetti’s office.

“Like many Americans, the President has taken notice of the homelessness crisis, particularly in cities and states where the liberal policies of overregulation, excessive taxation, and poor public service delivery are combining to dramatically increase poverty and public health risks,” White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in a statement.

“In June, the President took action and signed an Executive Order to confront the regulatory barriers to affordable housing development, a leading cause of homelessness,” the statement said. “President Trump has directed his team to go further and develop a range of policy options for consideration to deal with this tragedy.”

The administration’s visit follows months of harsh critique from President Donald Trump over California’s rising homelessness. “We may do something to get that whole thing cleaned up. It’s inappropriate,” Trump said in a Fox News interview that aired in July. He singled out Los Angeles and San Francisco, slamming the “liberal establishment” and saying, “You take a look at what’s going on with San Francisco. It’s terrible.”

State and city officials appeared cautiously optimistic about the talks on Tuesday but called for concrete and appropriate action from the administration.

Nathan Click, a spokesperson for California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times: “Every level of government — including federal — should step up and put skin in the game. If the president is willing to put serious solutions – with real investment – on the table, California stands ready to talk. He could start by ending his plan to cut food stamps, gut health care for low-income people, and scare immigrant families from accessing government services.”

Read the whole story here.

Apparently wanting to do something for the homeless (which local and state bureaucrats are incapable of doing) is just Orange Man Bad.

Some of the comments from the HuffPo story:

“They used to call them concentration camps in nazi Germany.”

Trumps whole premise for the reason there is a homeless crisis in CA is wrong. Homeless people migrate to CA from other states because of the mild climate. Severe homeless began during the Reagan administration when he striped funding form mental institutions and patients were put out onto the street and states started busing people to other states and dumping them. Every Republican administration since then has added to the problem by eliminating the social safety nets , housing programs, etc., as much as they could get away with. Trump is probably one of the worse. The government institutions he speaks of will be internment camps out in the desert somewhere with forced labor camps to replace the migrant workers he is keeping out of the country.”

“Looks like Trump is ready to start the round ups. The similarities between Trump wanting to send homeless people to encampments has an uncanny resemblance to Hitler’s roundup of the Gypsies.”

“More fodder for his private concentration camps. I guess kids just aren’t enough.”

“Sounds like what Stalin did at first? First come the concentration camps,then come the purges?

Here come the death camps… at the very minimum they are going to put a lot of very vulnerable people into a very dubious place that will only amplify the traumas they have experienced to date.”

“Are we still pretending that Trump’s concentration camps were only going to be for asylum-seekers at the border. This time it’s homeless US citizens. Who’s next?”

Trump’s solution: Concentration Camps. Figures.”

“Didn’t the Germans do that same thing to Gypsies? Look how that turned out.”

TDS is real folks, very real.

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Four years after declaring homeless emergency in Seattle, bureaucrats have the solution: Create a “unified” government agency!

In November 2015 former demorat Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (who resigned due to child sex abuse allegations) declared an emergency and announced new investments to respond to homelessness. Between the city and King County, they initially pledged $7.3M to address the crisis.

Fast forward to 2019 and this is the state of the homeless crisis in King County:

Number of homeless: 11,199 (down 8% from previous year)
Total spent in 2017: $195 million
Estimated annual price tag to solve homeless crisis: $1 BILLION

Liberal utopia of Seattle/Q13 Fox photo

As you can see, even with millions of taxpayers’ dollars, the crisis persists throughout the region.

So what is the bureaucrats’ new solution? A new government bureaucracy between the city and county called, “King County Regional Homelessness Authority.”

According to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, “Today marks the start of a new era.”

King County Executive Dow Constantine said, “We are determined to create a service system that seeks solutions to the disproportionality of homelessness among communities of color. Our vision is a homeless response system that is fair and just for all. That’s the goal.”

MyNorthwest.com reports that the new agency will consolidate funding and policy-making for homelessness between King County and the City of Seattle.

And how much will this cost? Nearly $132 MILLION for things like start-up costs, administrative funding, services, and more.

Guess how long it took to devise this plan? From MyNorthwest.com:

“The original plan for this “One Table” regional approach was first unveiled in Dec. 2017. Almost a year later, officials announced their intent to “create a set of recommendations and action steps.” Now eight months after that, legislation will next go before Seattle City Council and King County Council.

Read the whole MyNorthwest.com story here.

See also:

Liberal utopia of Seattle: Homeless man who beat up musician that was left unable to speak out of jail after 10 days with no bail!
Failed city of Seattle: Police response to business owner whose customer was assaulted by homeless criminal, “you’re pretty far down the line, pal”
Seattle City Council now wants you to help solve their “housing crisis” with a backyard cottage
Homeless harassing King County Courthouse workers: “It’s a reflection of the courthouse location”

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Liberal La La Land: Scathing report by democrat auditor finds deep operational failures at L.A.’s top homeless outreach agency

LA Mayor Garcetti/LA Times photo

Ron Galperin has been the Los Angeles City Controller since July 2013. He’s a member of the demorat party and – because sexual identity matters to the left – his Wikipedia page lists him as “the first openly gay official to be elected to citywide office in Los Angeles.”

But whatever. I’d rather focus on what his latest audit has shown about his fellow demorats and what they haven’t done to get the Los Angeles’ homeless crisis under control.

He released a report on August 28 entitled, “Strategy on the Streets: Improving Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s Outreach Program.”

Excerpts from the audit:

“The 2019 point-in-time count estimated that the number of people experiencing homelessness grew to 56,000 in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (CoC) of which 42,500 people were considered unsheltered at the time of the count. This represented the largest number of unsheltered people in any of the nation’s major CoCs and the City of Los Angeles (City), itself, was home to most of the unsheltered cases.

Overall, the City experienced a 16% rise from the prior year’s count to 36,000 individuals.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles; and is governed by a 10-member commission that is appointed by the City Council/Mayor and County Board of Supervisors. LAHSA, today, manages an approximate annual budget of $300 million in federal, State, County, and City funds for programs that provide shelter, permanent housing, and services to people experiencing homelessness.

A critical service LAHSA provides is street outreach (outreach). Over the last two fiscal years, the City allocated a combined $10 million for outreach services, while the County provided the largest amount, totaling $44 million.

Our Office sought to determine how well LAHSA performed City outreach, and we offer recommendations for much needed improvements to its performance and reporting.

In fiscal year (FY) 2017-18, LAHSA failed to meet seven of nine citywide outreach goals, which the agency attributed to data quality issues associated with a new system. As a result, our Office also reviewed LAHSA’s outreach performance in FY 2018-19—for the period when its data challenges should have been resolved—and the results did not improve.”

Read the whole report here.

The streets of Los Angeles…

A report by CBS Los Angeles said that Galperin stated that, “It is all together unacceptable.”

It took a year of auditing to determine that despite the money that tax payers have contributed to their homeless crisis, the number of people on the streets continues to grow.

The story explains that LAHSA’s outreach programs are “reactive” instead of not doing enough to prevent people from becoming homeless.

The good demorat mayor, Eric Garcetti, put a positive spin on the audit: He enjoyed the report and was able to share with Galperin some ways he felt LAHSA could be more proactive in its outreach efforts.

“Any suggestions to improve the efficacy of (LAHSA) and the quickness with which we can get people from the streets to our beds and shelters, I welcome as well,” Garcetti said. “And I think there are some good suggestions that are in there.”

However, Garcetti said the report was based on a snapshot from 18 months ago when the city only had 25 outreach workers — about 800 additional outreach workers have been brought in to address the growing crisis. He also said that more than 20 new homeless shelters are being built, along with 10,000 new permanent housing units.

Read the whole CBS Los Angeles story here.

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Liberal utopia of Seattle: Homeless man who beat up musician that was left unable to speak out of jail after 10 days with no bail!

Last November I told you about a man named Ryan Georg who was brutally beaten by a homeless criminal. The perp lived in a nearby homeless encampment and was part of a group that attacked Georg with a baseball bat, beating him within an inch of his life. Georg is now in a wheelchair and get seizures.

From my post: “A musician was leaving last week when he nearly lost his life to a random baseball bat attack by a homeless person, says that the city has allowed the neighborhood to turn into a living nightmare for businesses.”

Read the whole blog post here.

Now MyNorthwest.com reports that one of the men allegedly behind that attack is out of jail on his own recognizance with no bail.

From their report:

“One of them had a baseball bat and just attacked Ryan and his brother,” Cash told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson. “He took a couple of hits to the head with a baseball bat, and all of them kicked him and beat him when he was on the ground.”

The attackers ran off when a car pulled up to aid the victims.

Georg was rushed to the emergency room, but his loved ones feared that the attack had killed him.

Georg and Cash thought they had some closure when one of the alleged attackers, Lonnie Sanderson, was recently arrested on second-degree assault for the attack.

However, King County Superior Court Judge Veronica Alicea-Galvan released Sanderson on Wednesday after 10 days behind bars with no bail — just a promise to take part in Enhanced Community Center for Alternative Programs, a King County addiction treatment program.

“Our voice wasn’t heard in the decision,” Georg said. “I don’t know why, given the information, they would let that guy out. It just doesn’t make sense to me.”

Read the whole story here.

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Sorry to say this but if this “just doesn’t make sense” to you, then you haven’t been paying attention to what is going on in Seattle and King County. All one has to do is read the daily news (the more conservative sites) or search this blog for “homeless,” “Seattle” or “King County.”

The elected demorat officials in Seattle/King County care more about their “compassion” for the homeless, criminal justice reform and collecting more of your taxpayer dollars to “solve” the homeless crisis than they do about law-abiding citizens.

See also:

Homeless harassing King County Courthouse workers: “It’s a reflection of the courthouse location”
Homeless carrying weapons are “slipping through security” at King County Courthouse
Insanity in Seattle: Homeless man attempts to kidnap child. Guess how many previous arrests/convictions he has…

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Failed city of Seattle: Police response to business owner whose customer was assaulted by homeless criminal, “you’re pretty far down the line, pal”

As I’ve mentioned many, many times here on this blog: The demorat-run city of Seattle has a major homeless crisis in which the bureaucrats do nothing to solve. They allow the homeless to commit crimes, camp and urinate and defecate on the streets, and do drugs in the open. See the following:

Insanity in Seattle: Homeless man attempts to kidnap child. Guess how many previous arrests/convictions he has…
Seattle Police refused to remove homeless from construction site before they caused $1.3 million fire damage
Rape, strangulation and assault: Three attacks by homeless people in Seattle in less than a month

In the area known as “Pioneer Square” in downtown Seattle, a restaurant has had more than their share of run-ins with the homeless. MyNorthwest.com reports of an assault on one of their customers by a homeless woman. As the restaurant owner describes the homeless who harass their customers and how the police respond:

“On at least a weekly basis, customers enjoying lunch and drinks outside on the patio are threatened by people living on the street. Howard said that this has happened between 10 and 20 times in recent months.

Calls to Seattle police typically take three to four hours to result in an in-person response, if police show up at all.

“When I call back, often times it’s the pat answers — ‘Our service is overwhelmed, they’re dealing with more important crimes, they’ll get to you, you’re pretty far down the line, pal,’” Howard said.”

Another assault occurred on Monday and Howard tweeted the police and was told he needed to call 911. A lot of good that will do, unless the homeless assaulter decides to stick around for three to four hours.

Read here about this poor business owner’s encounters with the homeless and how he’s lost customers and employees due to the homeless harassment.

Imagine living in a city that allows criminals to openly commit crimes without any accountability or protection for tax-paying business owners.

That’s the state today of many demorat-run cities.

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Seattle City Council candidate wants to solve homelessness with cargo containers, work

The city of Seattle and King County declared a homeless crisis (now referred to as housing crisis) back in 2015 after failing to meet its goal of ending chronic homelessness in 10 years.

The bureaucrats spend more than $1 BILLION a year to try and solve this crisis.

In my opinion, the issue will never be solved due to the nature of the homeless industrial complex and failure to address the root causes: drug addiction and mental health.

Last November I told you about Christopher Rufo, a candidate for Seattle City Council, who dropped out of the race due to the intolerance and bullying of Seattle progressives. He’s been one of the few voices to publicly state the obvious – and has faced serious harassment for his words.

Rufo stated this past June, “The most compelling evidence that I have, that anyone has, is simply go out into the streets, talk with people, volunteer to work with the homeless and you’ll see very quickly what every service provider knows — that in a majority of cases we’re dealing with folks who have severe addictions, and with about 30 percent of cases, people that are suffering from severe mental illness.”

Seattle City Council candidate Isabelle Kerner

Now we have another Seattle Council candidate, Isabelle Kerner, who proposed that “merit-based solutions involving shipping containers could affect positive change” on the area’s homeless.

From the MyNorthwest.com story: I call it (the homeless crisis) a camping crisis. Some people have a problem with that but I just feel like it encompasses all of the other issues, from property crime to open drug use to human trafficking, public health and sanitation,” she said. “I don’t think the district is that safe. I don’t think the city of Seattle is very safe.

Kerner is interested in using shipping containers to create a temporary, safe environment that caters to the individual struggles of homeless people and helps launch them into more permanent housing.

“The idea would be that when individuals are reached by the navigation team, they would take a drug test and fill out a questionnaire and it would be streamlined. It would go straight to a database, and there’d be different sites,” she said. “So if there’s women and children on the streets that are fleeing domestic violence, you wouldn’t put them in the same area as severely mentally ill or severely drug addicted.”

“The individuals would be chosen to fit with a certain cargo container site with people that are struggling with issues that are similar to ones they’re struggling with, and we’d use the apprenticeship program, partner with businesses, and they’d have the opportunity to live there for three to eight months, and get on-site services and treatment.”

While there, residents would have the ability to start building income and skills that could be put toward creating a more productive life.

They’d even be able to work and earn money and it would be deposited into what I call a restart fund, kind of like a retirement fund, but they just couldn’t take it out until they exited the program. Because the funds would serve as their first month’s rent, last month’s rent, security deposit, and a little bit extra. And then they would exit the program with enough funding to afford the upfront costs for affordable housing, along with a job that would allow them to continue to afford that housing.”

In the above interview, it sounds like Isabelle has good intentions and does understand that drug addiction and mental health are major concerns. But she’s up against a fierce machine.

I applaud her for getting in the race but the girl is going to need some thicker skin. From her Facebook post on July 9:

“To those who did not attend last nights forum at the Horizon House, here’s a quick recap:

1. I did have a public breakdown.
2. I did cry in front of a few hundred people.
3. I did wear my sunglasses for the remainder of the forum.

I don’t exactly recall what it set me off. I recently made the mistake of creating a Twitter account. Naively, I tried to forge a peace treaty via Twitter amongst the group Safe Seattle and the individuals who take offense toward it. It did not go well. I have since left all groups and deactivated Twitter for my own mental health and safety.

I have PTSD and while I see a therapist weekly to manage it, something random can still flip the switch. While I am open and accepting to all criticism, there is one thing I do not wish for the public to comment on—the October 2017 incident. I did not choose to publicize that event for political gain or voter sympathy and I am done responding to accusations of that sort. If you want to get to me, now you know how. I spoke about it publicly in hopes it would not happen to anyone else. That decision was made prior to running for office.

I’ve become increasingly aware of the ways in which violence inflicted by just a handful of individuals can degrade the mental health of an entire City. I’ve heard it from people on the street and I have experienced it first hand myself. Here’s how contagious it can be:

“If you end up here on the streets and you are sane, the things you will see and the things you will experience will make you crazy.”

At least 25% of Seattle Fire Fighters develop PTSD as a result of what they experience while working to keep all of us safe every day. Some don’t seek help or wait too long because we are afraid of how it will effect others perception of us. Not all people fit the PTSD stereotype. Suicide is a very real and tragic outcome of this. It’s a very isolating issue to live with.

To the violent messengers who constantly make threats—please find a new hobby. To those who have called me to share their experiences to let me know I’m not alone—you have probably saved my life and many others. To those who think I’m using this for attention—thank you for your feedback. To those who are struggling with this alone—your not!

Huge thank you to all my opponents who emailed, messaged or texted me after last nights event. Despite the fact that we are running against each other, I admire and respect each and every one of you so much. Thank you for all for the support!

To those at the event… I’m sorry for the breakdown. I know it was awkward. Thank you for understanding.”

Isabelle is facing an uphill battle in Seattle. If the intolerant left don’t like what she’s proposing, she’s going to receive the same treatment as Rufo, with the end result being a swift end to her campaign.

DCG

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