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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.

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Seattle City Council now wants you to help solve their “housing crisis” with a backyard cottage

Imagine this: A liberal utopia that allows homeless criminals, drug addicts and the mentally ill to freely roam the streets with no consequences for their actions. You taxpayers have coughed up more than a BILLION dollars to help try and “solve” the homeless (now “housing”) crisis in King County.

The results? As you’ve seen here, I’ve done many, many, many, MANY posts that outline the criminal activities the city allows. For example:

Insanity in Seattle: Homeless man attempts to kidnap child. Guess how many previous arrests/convictions he has…

Homeless man in Seattle uses bear spray to set fire to pedestrian out for a walk

Demorat-run Seattle under siege: Man resorts to chasing armed car prowler because he’s fed up with crime in his neighborhood

Resident in liberal utopia of Seattle who has been targeted by homeless: “Our community is just falling apart

What demorats can do to a city: “Seattle is dying

But good news! The Seattle City Council has FINALLY figured out how to solve the homeless/now-called housing crisis: Homeowners can build backyard cottages to house those living on the streets!

From MyNorthwest.com: Seattle is set to embark on a new frontier filled with backyard cottages, after Seattle City Council voted unanimously to approve a new measure Monday afternoon.

The bill expands the ability of homeowners looking to build backyard cottages and mother-in-law units. Supporters have argued that by allowing more small cottages — aka accessory dwelling units (ADU) — homeowners with adequate space could add more housing to the city, one backyard at a time.

“This legislation creates modest but meaningful changes to provide flexible, affordable housing options for families, homeowners, and renters while still preserving the look and feel of single-family neighborhoods,” said Councilmember Mike O’Brien, who spearheaded the legislation.

Opening up ADU potential in Seattle is only part of a bill that’s been almost four years in the making. It modifies a range of property regulations with the goal of creating more living space in a city desperately in need of housing. The proposal would: Increase the allowable size of ADUs from 800 to 1,000 square feet; Allow ADUs to be built on smaller lots; Both backyard cottages and mother-in-law units could be built on the same property; and An owner occupancy requirement would be lifted. Previously, homeowners were required to live on site if they wished to rent on the property.

“Seattle is in the midst of an affordability and housing crisis,” said Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan in a news release. “This crisis calls on each of us to act with urgency, using every tool available to increase housing options and make room for our neighbors as quickly as possible. Today, the Seattle City Council took an important step with the passage of this legislation, but there is more work to do.”

The council bill also goes beyond allowing for a new form of housing and bans another. “McMansions,” or considerably large homes compared to the property they occupy, are banned in the legislation. The square footage of new homes will be limited in relation to the lot size.

Read the whole story here.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

I wonder how many cottages the good mayor will build in the backyard of her $7.5 million, 5,000 square foot home

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Insanity in Seattle: Homeless man attempts to kidnap child. Guess how many previous arrests/convictions he has…

I don’t even know where to begin with this. Well, actually I do.

The demorat-run, liberal utopia of Seattle has a major homeless crisis.

The bureaucrats in that city and King County do nothing to actually address the real problems (drug addiction and mental health issues). Instead, they coddle the homeless and try to mislead the public on just how bad the homeless crisis is. Just search our web site for “Seattle” to read through the many posts I’ve done about their homeless/crime situation.

The King County prosecutor, Dan Satterberg, is a demorat who believes that “not all of society’s most complicated issues can be solved in a courtroom or with a prison cell.”

How’s that approach working for King County? Just last month from KIRO:

“There’s been a massive call to action after a damning report on the 100 most prolific offenders in Seattle. Business owners are fed up and want the criminals locked up for good. KIRO 7 has documented the same criminals being arrested over and over again. These offenders committed thousands of crimes in Seattle in just two months last year. Now, two-thirds of them are suspected of committing still more crimes since this report came out –107 new crimes in all.”

This liberal ideology of criminal justice reform (catch and release) and compassion for the homeless via taxation has resulted in zero deterrents in Seattle and King County for the criminals and homeless. Absolutely no deterrents.

Proof of this comes from MyNorthwest.com about a homeless criminal, with severe mental health issues, who attempted to kidnap a child. He has an EXTENSIVE criminal record:

A 47-year-old man charged last week with a violent attempt to kidnap a 9-year-old girl and break into a South Seattle apartment has been arrested 104 previous times in King County over the last 14 years, according to court records.

Seattle police arrested Randolph Neil Humiston on May 30th at 14th Ave. South and South Henderson Street after he allegedly grabbed and dragged a girl on a playground, according to charging documents.

Prosecutors say the girl kicked and screamed at Humiston until he released her.

Ernesto Martinez, who lives a short distance from the playground told KIRO 7 he first saw Humiston when he broke into Martinez’s apartment while his family was having dinner. “I never saw him before, but I saw him, and I yelled and chased him,” Martinez said. Seattle police say Martinez chased Humiston for several blocks until patrol cars arrived and arrested Humiston — for the 105th time since 2005.

“I told the police that if he actually took a little girl, they would be arresting me instead of that guy. I mean, I’m not going to let that happen.”

Court records indicate many times, Humiston was released within a day or two after being arrested, and he consistently listed his address as the Compass Housing Alliance in Seattle, indicating he is homeless.

Prosecutors noted Humiston was placed in the jail’s psych ward in 2017, and would “likely commit an act of violence,” if released.

Records indicate a few of the cases were dismissed because Humiston was found to be incompetent.

Humiston’s career criminal conviction resume’ includes four felonies, and 38 gross misdemeanors including “Threats to Kill, Assault, Resisting Arrest, Stalking, Escape, Indecent Exposure, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon and many Vehicle Prowl” and multiple drug convictions, according to court records.

Humiston is currently being held on $150,000 bail. Martinez told KIRO 7 he will look for Humiston “In case he gets out again.”

“Somebody who’s trying to grab a little kid, especially when they’re all drugged up? He shouldn’t be out,” Martinez said. “If he gets out, it’s not a threat or anything, but if I see him here? I’m not going to just chase him, I’m going to tackle him.”

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Keep electing these demorats, you silly Seattle voters. Just remember this: As Lophatt frequently reminds us, “They don’t work for us.”

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Man who dropped out of Seattle City Council race last year exposes city & allies’ coordinated efforts to mislead the public on their homelessness crisis

Last November I told you how Christopher Rufo, a candidate for Seattle City Council, dropped out of the race due to the intolerance and bullying of Seattle progressives.

Rufo, who describes himself socially progressive and fiscally conservative, dared to attend an event sponsored by a conservative group. That earned him the wrath of local progressives – along with many threats.

From my post last November:

“Christopher Rufo said that he wanted a new way of doing business, a new method — and now he’s already out. On Wednesday, he sent an email out to members of his campaign saying that he’s got to leave. It’s not because he wants to leave; it’s because of the “tolerant” atmosphere in Seattle.

“I had hoped that this would be a campaign of ideas, but I quickly discovered that the activists in this city have no interest in ideas. Since the campaign launch, they have harassed and threatened my family nonstop. I was prepared to take the heat, but unfortunately, they have focused their hatred on my wife and children. They’ve made vile racist attacks against my wife, attempted to get her fired from Microsoft, and threatened sexual violence. They have even posted hateful messages to my 8-year-old son’s school Facebook page. I know that as the race progresses, the activists will ratchet up their hate-machine and these attacks will intensify significantly.”

Last week, Christopher exposed a component of what is really happening with the ideologues in that city: the elites, city leaders and their allies have been coordinating a PR campaign to convince everyone that everything is fine with their homelessness crisis.

From Christopher’s article at City Journal:

In Seattle, people are losing patience with city leadership over the homelessness crisis, but the frustration is running in both directions: the city’s political, cultural, and academic elites are conducting their own revolt—against the people.

Since the release of Eric Johnson’s documentary Seattle Is Dying, which depicts an epidemic of street homelessness, addiction, crime, and disorder, city elites have launched a coordinated information campaign targeted at voters frustrated with the city’s response to homelessness. Earlier this month, leaked documents revealed that a group of prominent nonprofits—the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Campion Advocacy Fund, the Raikes Foundation, and the Ballmer Group—hired a PR firm, Pyramid Communications, to conduct polling, create messaging, and disseminate the resulting content through a network of silent partners in academia, the press, government, and the nonprofit sector. The campaign, #SeattleForAll, is a case study in what writer James Lindsay calls “idea laundering”—creating misinformation and legitimizing it as objective truth through repetition in sympathetic media.

The key messages of the campaign include a number of misleading claims, including: “Seattle is making progress to end homelessness,” “1 in 4 people experiencing homelessness in our community struggle with drug or alcohol abuse,” and “[62 percent of Seattle voters believe] we are not spending enough to address homelessness.” All three contentions fail to meet basic scrutiny: street homelessness has increased 131 percent over the past five years; King County’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma admits that “the majority of the homeless population is addicted to or uses opioids” (not one in four); and 62 percent of Seattle voters agree to the statement “we are not spending enough” only when it is directly prefaced in the polling questionnaire by the phrase “other cities of the same size are spending 2 to 3 times the amount that Seattle is and are seeing significant reductions in homelessness”—itself an unsubstantiated claim. (When the same question is presented neutrally, without the framing, support for “we are not spending enough” drops to 7 percent).

Nonetheless, the media have widely circulated or echoed Pyramid’s talking points. “New poll shows the majority in Seattle say we have a moral obligation to help homeless people, and we need to spend more,” declared Seattle Times data journalist Gene Balk. Catherine Hinrichsen, director of Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness, published “6 reasons why KOMO’s [Seattle’s ABC affiliate, which broadcast Seattle Is Dying] take on homelessness is the wrong one” in the local magazine Crosscut, arguing that the documentary “conflates homelessness with drug use, mental illness, and crime.” And Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan told reporters that “we have made a lot of progress” and dismissed the documentary as “an opinion piece.” Her office pushed the #SeattleForAll messaging on government social media channels.

This is “progress” in Seattle’s homelessness crisis…

Many of the authors and news outlets that published the #SeattleForAll messaging failed to disclose that their work is funded by the same group of foundations that hired Pyramid Communications, and that their content is distributed in direct coordination with Pyramid and the City of Seattle. For example, in her story, Hinrichsen neglects to mention that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the sole funder of her work at the Project on Family Homelessness; the publisher, Crosscut, does not reveal that the Gates and Raikes foundations are major funders of their operations and their homelessness coverage.”

Christopher sums it up this way:

“The inner workings of the #SeattleForAll campaign tell a clear story: a group of well-funded philanthropies hired a PR firm to produce misleading polling results, distributed them through the city’s main newspaper and other media outlets (many of which enjoy generous donations from those same philanthropies), and then concealed the fact that the messaging was part of a broader campaign coordinated with the city.”

Read his whole story here.

Man, I really wish Mr. Rufo could have stuck it through to become a city council candidate (yet I completely understand why he didn’t). This guy has what is truly lacking in that city: true bi-partisan leadership skills.

Follow Christopher Rufo on Twitter here.

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Seattle Mayor Durkan: President Trump should “spend a little more time learning from cities like Seattle”

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

President Trump has threatened to send illegal aliens to sanctuary cities.

Sounds like Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is more than happy to accept them. In fact, she’s trying to convince her followers that she’s shown such great leadership that Seattle is more than capable of handling the illegal aliens they want to protect.

Apparently because she has solved all the city’s problems.

Here’s the proof:

From Mayor Durkan’s Twitter timeline:

Instead of threatening immigrant families and the cities that welcome them, this president should spend a little more time learning from cities like Seattle. @TIME

Retweet of Mayor Eric Garcetti‏: “L.A. isn’t afraid either!”

Retweet of Meet the Press: “WATCH: Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) responds to President Trump’s threats to transport immigrants to sanctuary cities. #MTP @JayInslee: “You can’t threaten somebody with something they’re not afraid of. And we are not afraid of diversity in the state of Washington.”

If you read through the good mayor’s Twitter responses, you’ll find there are less than 1% positive responses to her Tweets. Example replies to her include the following:

This mayor is a state embarrassment and a clown. Only wakes up when its time to get on camera. The mayor is equally worthelss and a disgrace. Inslee has as much chance as me being Pope. And my odds are better.”

“Hey here’s an idea. Stop worrying about @realDonaldTrump and fix our shithole homeless issue in #seattle and #Washington @MayorJenny @JayInslee are the worst. One talks out of both sides of his mouth, the other is just full of shits. #politics”

“They won’t find housing but we’ve decided tents in cities streets are acceptable and the garbage left for tax payers look at. Get it together!”

“Make Tent Cities Great Again”

“Again, stop with the political posturing. Your ran a campaign on fixing Seattle’s homeless problem. You haven’t done shit. Fix our city, then worry about @realDonaldTrump #seattle deserves better”

“Are you serious? Take a look around our once beautiful city. A huge mess!!!

“It isn’t “your city”. It’s the citizens city and they are over your lack of leader ship and what you’ve done to destroy What was once a beautiful place to live.”

“Learn what….how to destroy a city? You and your liberal friends and this disgusting governor @JayInslee have ruined it. He pushed the homeless in Olympia into the neighborhoods and you’ve continued the path of destruction for a once great city. Shut up!”

Elections have consequences, Seattle! Sure sucks to be you right now…

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Liberal utopia of Seattle: Drugstore employees subject to violent assaults as criminals become more brazen

Progressive-run Seattle has serious problems with 1) homeless criminals, 2) drug addicts, 3) the mentally ill, 4) prostitutes 5) police response time and 6) a county prosecutor who is more interested in social justice than having people doing time for their crimes. You can find one of my many, many, many posts on Seattle’s issues if you search “Seattle” in our search bar. For a brief summary of what is happening in that city, watch “Seattle is Dying.”

The video summarizes how the bureaucrats have put their progressive social justice agenda above any concrete actions to effectively deal with their problems.

The city’s problems are so severe that drugstore employees are routinely harassed and physically beaten at the downtown Seattle Bartell drugstore. Imagine fearing for your life by working as a cashier in downtown Seattle.

Hanna Kim for Q13 Fox reports that Bartell Drugs CEO Kathi Lentzsch says it will not open any more stores in downtown Seattle after violent assaults on employees. The CEO has been surprised over the number of incidents and the violence she is seeing in Seattle.

Excerpts from Kim’s report:

“Surveillance videos inside Bartell Drugs have captured countless shoplifting cases. In one incident, video shows a man in one aisle quickly running off with up to $700 worth of skincare products.

Lentzsch says many times the criminals are bold and many of them are repeat offenders. “They will stand in front of our staff with a basket full of products and tell them we know you can’t come after us and walk out the door,” Lentzsch said.

We’ve had too many cases of employees ending up in the hospital or with very serious issues,” Lentzsch said. Multiple employees have been rushed to the hospital because of violent assaults.

Sometimes it’s shoplifting that escalates to assaults or just unprovoked attacks. The situation is concerning enough that the company is rethinking their future in the downtown core of Seattle.

In one case, cameras captured a pharmacist stumbling back with a broken nose. The company says he asked a shoplifter if he could help them pay for the items he had witnessed the suspect stealing. “We have an individual who had two surgeries in December from being assaulted,” Lentzsch said.

Most of the times there is nothing employees can do but just pick up the pieces, like the time a man lashed out and trashed the store. He appeared to be going through a psychotic episode.

The company says they have off duty police officers at two of their downtown Seattle branches.

In one of those branches a woman tried to come after an employee despite a police officer standing in front of the worker. It took multiple officers to subdue the woman. “Where we would like help is the violent offenders, it was startling to me how different the city had become,” Lentzsch said.

Lentzsch says for things to get better, city leaders and community members have to work together.

She doesn’t blame any one entity for the complicated situation. She says mental illness, drug addiction and homelessness all play a role in the uptick in violence.

Lentzsch says this is not a Bartell Drug problem because her competitors are facing the same issue and so are many other businesses across Seattle.”

Read the whole story here.

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What demorats can do to a city: “Seattle is dying”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b53uiRFq4Ds

The title of this post should maybe be, “What demorats CAN’T do to a city.”

When you see the obvious mental health, drug addiction and homeless crises in Seattle/King County, why isn’t ANYTHING achieving ANY type of solution given the MILLIONS of taxpayer dollars being spent? It’s a travesty that should cause elected officials and leaders to be ashamed.

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Seattle has a major homeless crisis and crime is on the rise. I’ve done many, many posts about their issues. See the following examples:

Resident in liberal utopia of Seattle who has been targeted by homeless: “Our community is just falling apart”
“Devastated by what Seattle has become.” Homeless squatter ransacks & ruins woman’s apartment & belongings
How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?
Liberal utopia of Seattle: Areas see 31% increase in crime in 2018

KOMO News did a special called, “Seattle is Dying” which outlines the issues Seattle faces and how they arrived at their current situation. Hint: The city has been run by demorats for a long, long time.

The Seattle bureaucrats cater to the criminals, drug addicts and – of course – the homeless. Seattle Police have their hands tied as they continuously arrest well-known criminals who are typically released from jail in just a couple days.

Seattle citizens are finally getting fed up. But what do you want to bet they keep voting demorat?

The video is long but worth a watch (I played it in the background while doing other things) if you want see how liberalism can ruin a once, beautiful city.

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Seattle is a “fair” and “just” city for all, quashing outstanding warrants for low-level, non-violent offenders

Mayor Durkan: Making Seattle “fair” and “just” and safe…

On Tuesday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that the city would be purging warrants for over 200 low-level, non violent offenders. From her tweet: “I am joined by @carmenbest @CityAttyPeteH and @CMLGonzalez as we take another step to make Seattle a more fair and just place for all.”

More details from the city’s press release:

“Today Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, City Attorney Pete Holmes, Councilmember M. Lorena González, and Chief Carmen Best filed a motion at Seattle Municipal Court asking the Court to consider quashing over 200 outstanding warrants for people charged or convicted of low-level non-violent misdemeanor offenses that occurred 5 to 22 years ago.  The City is taking these steps to help address inequities in Seattle’s criminal justice system and to protect public safety (not according to this report) by ensuring that law enforcement can focus on more serious, violent offenses.

The vast majority of the 208 pre-dispositional and post-conviction warrants are for people charged or convicted of Prostitution (107 people) and for Driving with a Suspended License in the 3rd Degree (73 people), which is commonly known as “driving while poor.” The Seattle City Attorney’s Office filed charges on these misdemeanor cases between February 1996 and July 2013. The motion also asks that the pre-dispositional cases be dismissed.

“If you haven’t re-offended after 5-plus years of a warrant being issued, I’m comfortable asking the Court to dismiss your warrant,” said Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes. “Public safety is well-served in this action, as this clears the field to allow officers to focus on finding those people who’ve committed more serious offenses. Further, people with a cleared warrant will be much more likely to engage with police, report crimes they may witness, and get on with their lives.”

“We’re acting to make Seattle a more just city, to recognize that our criminal justice system disproportionately impacts people of color, and to ensure that our officers can focus on the most violent offenders and protecting public safety,” said Mayor Durkan.

Other warrants that the motion requests be quashed includes Graffiti (10 people); Attempt to Obtain Controlled Substance (5 people); Prostitution Loitering (5 people); Minor in Possession of Alcohol (3 people); Use of Drug Paraphernalia (3 people), and Park Code Violation (2 people). No felony offenses are included in the motion.

The warrants addressed in the motion are primarily for post-conviction warrants, which are issued after a defendant was found guilty at Seattle Municipal Court but failed to appear for a subsequent hearing. Pre-dispositional warrants are issued after a person doesn’t show for a court-ordered appearance prior to the Court’s or jury’s finding on the defendant’s alleged offense.

“Outdated, low level warrants do not make our communities safer, but instead can cause harm, particularly in communities of color,” said Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best.

The 208 defendants included in today’s motion are not required to appear or take any action as the Court considers their outstanding warrants. 111 of the warrant holders are male, 96 are female, and one is unknown. 101 of the warrant holders are White, 73 are Black, 9 are Asian, 5 are Native American, and 20 were not identified.”

Don’t kid yourself that this will have any real impact on public safety and the ability of law enforcement to focus on more serious, violent offenders. They can’t even keep up with the crimes committed by the homeless. See the following:

This is a “feel good” PR stunt by the major touted as “social justice” with progressive, flowery terms such as “justice” and “equality.”

In reality the city just – once again – selectively excuses illegal behavior while punishing law-abiding citizens.

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Nightmare in Seattle: Musician beat up by homeless person with baseball bat, left unable to speak

I read about a musician being beaten up by someone with a baseball bat last week in downtown Seattle by a homeless encampment. I wondered if the perp might have been a homeless person. I was right.

Ever since Seattle declared a homeless crisis three years ago, the situation has only gotten worse. And the local politicians had better start doing SOMETHING or more people are going to be hurt and more businesses are going to be destroyed.

From MyNorthwest.com: The 15-year-long owner of South Lake Union’s El Corazon, the nightclub that 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.

“There are a lot of good, taxpaying small business owners who are trying to do good things, and face a lot of challenges to begin with, but our city in a lot of ways is failing us, and not really providing us the support that we need,” he told KIRO Radio’s Dory Monson.

When Sims first began working at the nightclub 17 years ago, he said it “used to be quiet and sort of a destination venue.” In the past five years, however, he said that homeless service organizations in the neighborhood have acted as a magnet for crime and encampments, changing the entire character and safety level of the surrounding streets.

“I’m not saying that, the people who are providing these services, that their heart isn’t in the right place,” Sims said. “But they sometimes don’t understand how much they are enabling these people to continue the lifestyle … They’re really doing something bad for the entire community by just maintaining the whole problem.”

Sims sees emergency lights at the camp for overdoses and internal fights on a daily basis. The encampments, he said, tend to attract “drug-addicted young kids” who choose a life of crime and violence like the baseball bat attack that left El Corazon performer Ryan Georg having to learn how to speak again plague the neighborhood.

“They’re not people who have fallen on hard times,” Sims said of the campers. “They seem to be more like punk rock kids who seem on a mission to be free from the rules of society and just want to do their drugs and cause problems and not be held accountable, in my experience.”

He and other business owners have tried to make their voices heard to the city government, but he said that the harder they pushed, the “more resistance” they found.

I constantly seem to be unheard, hitting a wall, or given a bunch of excuses … Everyone seems to give you lip service that they’re going to address the problem, and then when they realize how big the problem is, within a short period of time, they pass it along to someone else,” he said.

This indifferent attitude makes Sims feel like “a hamster in a wheel.”

“You feel like you’ve heard this all before and you can flowchart how it’s all going to happen,” he said.

Meanwhile, the encampment residents “understand the laws of the city” and are “pretty savvy,” Sims said. After getting notices that they needed to move, the campers simply went across the street and re-started the encampment all over again on state Department of Transportation property, where the city had no jurisdiction.

He wants to see local politicians take responsibility to fix the homelessness crisis so that innocent citizens like Georg and his bandmates will not have to live in fear on a walk to their cars (don’t hold your breath that will happen any time soon).

We should get people in leadership in the city that actually want to address the problem, instead of taking our money, saying they’re going to address the problem, while the problem gets worse,” he said.


And that folks, is why we say “elections have consequences.”

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Liberal utopia of Seattle: Homeless & crime on the rise…let’s cut outreach and give raises to human services workers!

If you’ve read any of my posts about the homeless crisis in Seattle, you know that the number of homeless is on the rise, drug use is openly permitted by the homeless, and crime and prostitution is on the rise. See the following:

In February 2017, the city of Seattle launched the “Navigation Team,” which is comprised of specially-trained outreach workers paired with Seattle Police Department (SPD) personnel, to connect unsheltered people to housing and critical resources. They work with homeless people to help them get access to urgent and acute treatment services.

In May of this year, the city boasted of an increase in the number of homeless people they successfully moved into permanent housing or shelters. Yet prevention programs saw a decrease in exits to permanent housing.

Keep in mind that, according to MyNorthwest.com, Seattle is planning to spend $71 million toward homelessness in 2018. That money will go toward 155 contracts across 39 agencies to provide services to people experiencing homelessness.

So I wonder why the city is now planning to decrease the budget of their Navigation Team and increase the pay to contracted human services workers?

The Seattle Times reports that on Wednesday, the Seattle Clown Council voted to reduce the expansion of the Navigation Team and redirect the “savings” to a pay raise for homeless service workers.

From their report:

The Seattle City Council moved Wednesday to reduce a proposed expansion of the city’s team responsible for overseeing removal of homeless encampments, redirecting the money to wage increases for homeless service workers.

The 6-3 vote was a preliminary action, with the final budget set for adoption Monday. But the proposal, sponsored by Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, sparked debate among council members and protests from business and neighborhood groups who want a more vigorous response to the city’s estimated 400 unsanctioned tent camps.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan had proposed expanding the Navigation Team, which includes outreach workers and police, by nine positions in her budgets for 2019 and 2020. City council staff said at least some of the positions already had been hired, using $500,000 allocated by King County over the summer to allow the team to expand to 30.

Mosqueda said her proposal would reduce that expansion to six next year, and seven in 2020, and would use the $724,000 in savings to give wage increases of two percent to more city-contracted human-services workers at nonprofit agencies than Durkan’s budget proposed.

Mosqueda’s proposal had begun leaking out earlier in the day, prompting push back. Mike Stewart, CEO of the Ballard Alliance, wrote in an email to the council before the vote that his neighborhood has had to “wait weeks and months for Navigation Team service.”

“If anything, the City should be allocating more funding to the Navigation Team to allow for additional capacity, faster response times and deeper reach into all of the affected neighborhoods across the City,” he wrote.

Mosqueda called the Navigation Team “critical” to the city’s homeless response, but she emphasized that the workers at nonprofits needed to be paid “a fair wage.” Councilmember M. Lorena Gonzalez, who joined Lisa Herbold, Kshama Sawant, Rob Johnson and Mike O’Brien in favor of the proposal on a final vote, objected to “misinformation floating out there. This city council is not interested in eliminating the Nav Team.”

Sawant, however, proposed to eliminate all Navigation Team spending and use the money instead for affordable housing. It was rejected in an 8-1 vote.

Sawant objected to “the supposed but mythical values of the Navigation Team that does nothing but sweep homeless people … We haven’t met a single homeless person who thinks homeless sweeps work.”

Read the whole story here.

I guess someone (i.e., taxpayers) has to keep that Homeless Industrial Complex alive and well.

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