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It will never be enough: Guess how much taxpayer money is needed to solve King County’s homeless crisis

The 2019 King County Point in Time County data showed that there were 11,199 people experiencing homelessness across the region. This included 5,971 people sheltered in emergency shelters, safe havens and transitional housing and 5,228 people on the streets, in vehicles or staying in tents or encampments.

These numbers represented a 17% decrease in unsheltered people – the first decrease in homelessness in the region in the past seven years.

In March 2005 King County developed a ten-year plan to “end homelessness.”

Fast forward ten years to 2015 when King County/Seattle couldn’t end homelessness and then declared a “state of emergency” on the homeless crisis.

Since then, they have been spending over a BILLION a year to solve the homeless crisis. A BILLION taxpayer dollars a year for the end result of a 17% decrease (which took seven years to achieve).

A report done by McKinsey & Company consulting firm now estimates that it will cost between $450 million to $1.1 billion a year over 10 years to fully house the homeless and low-income population.

The study states that the county has spent billions of taxpayer dollars and their “best efforts have been aimed at the symptoms of this problem and not at its root causes.”

Apparently the solution is to build additional affordable housing that will require substantial incremental public spending. As the study notes though, “building alone will not fix the problem.”

Also from the study:

“It is common to lay the blame for homelessness on individual failures and personal weaknesses. More than one civic source has attributed homelessness to addiction. Others cite mental health or a failure of “personal responsibility.” People point to alcohol abuse and, in the case of veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder, as possible root causes. In fact, the majority are not addicts, and very few people cite substance abuse as a root cause of homelessness.

McKinsey & Company’s conclusion: “Seattle and King County can set an example for other coastal cities battling homelessness by confronting homelessness in a fact-driven manner melding head and heart. The region’s prosperity ought to be an impetus and catalyst for positive change. Reducing homelessness to near-zero levels should be the collective goal.”

Read the whole study here.

The majority of homeless in King County are not substance abusers nor do they have mental illness issues? That’s news to me.

In the Seattle area, it is estimated that 46-70% of homeless women and men report having substance abuse issues. And last July it was reported mental-health detentions had surged in King County, with homeless people more likely to return. From the Seattle Times story:

“People with housing instability represented 25% of all involuntary treatment cases from 2014 through 2018, and 41% of people with at least three prior cases, according to the auditor’s office report. More than 50% of people with unstable housing returned to the system within three years, compared to 36% of people with stable housing.”

My prediction: Fast forward to 2030 and after $11 BILLION taxpayer dollars has been spent, you are still going to have a homeless crisis in King County. After all, “fact-driven” solutions that ignore obvious root causes of homelessness only fund$ the homeless industrial complex.

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After Seattle mass shooting carried out by known career-convicts, business owner says, “I don’t know what happened to our beautiful city”

There was a mass shooting in downtown Seattle on Wednesday where one was killed and seven injured. The perps are 24-year-old KNOWN gang members with EXTENSIVE criminal records between the two of them: 66 arrests and 34 convictions, including four felonies. Yet for some reason the perps weren’t in jail.

How did the demorat-run leadership in King County respond? By calling for more gun control laws.

MyNorthwest.com has a story about one restaurant owner nearby the shooting who is complaining about the loss of business he faces because of this incident (he had 68 canceled reservations). He states, ““For a small business like me, that means the entire payroll for the week. It was so devastating.”

Here’s the kicker: “I don’t know what happened to our beautiful city. We used to have this amazing Westlake Center; downtown was a treat. You would bring your family, ‘Let’s go downtown to shop and dine.’ And it’s gone. It doesn’t exist anymore.”

I’ll tell you how it happened: Seattle/King County has been run by demorats for decades.

With the easy access to today’s news and politics via your handheld device, there is really no reason for one to not understand what is going on in your own community. The problem lies in the inability of progressives to understand how their failed policies have destroyed that once vibrant city.

Here’s a refresher course for this Seattle restaurant owner and anyone with a true desire to understand how liberalism ruins the lives of law-abiding, taxpaying citizens:

King County judge on why repeat offenders get no punishment: “We’re just talking about property crime
Seattle repeat offender attacks man outside courthouse; was just released from jail earlier this month
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
How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?
Sanctuary King County, WA: Convicted rapist and illegal alien freed after 9 months returns to attack his disabled victim second time
Sanctuary King County: Man murdered in his sleep by illegal alien with previous felony

I could go on and on with the stories we’ve done on this blog about the inept criminal justice system in Seattle/King County.

It really is no mystery as to why Seattle has become a failed city – along with San Francisco, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Chicago, Portland, etc. Gee, I wonder what they all have in common?

What is a mystery is why liberals keep electing progressive “leaders.”

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Washington aims to make it tougher to evict tenants; after all, a month of unpaid rent is just an “inconvenience” for a landlord

Demorat-run Seattle/King County has a terrible homeless problem that has been festering for years.

It’s been 15 years since King County developed their ten-year plan to end homelessness. As is typical with demorats, they never look to address the core issues of a problem. Rather, they seek out ways to control other individuals’ rights and, of course, get more taxpayer dollars.

Back in 2007 Metropolitan King County Council called for a study of the individuals with mental illness and chemical dependency involved in the justice, emergency services and homeless services systems. They found that the incidence of recent incarceration among homeless adults receiving publicly funded mental health treatment was four times the incidence of those who are not homeless.

So the bureaucrats are fully away that drug abuse and mental illness are part of the homelessness problem.

Also part of the problem? The criminal justice system and lack of accountability that the homeless criminals face. A quick search on our site for “repeat offender” will show plenty of examples of Seattle/King County’s efforts in “criminal justice reform.”

A King County Superior Court judge recently commented on why repeat offenders receive no punishment saying, “We’re just talking about property crime.”

So the bureaucrats are fully away that the criminal justice system does not work in favor of the law-abiding and taxpaying citizen.

Now bureaucrats have a new plan to address homelessness: Give renters more protections.

As reported by MyNorthwest.com: “The proposed standards would require landlords to give good or just cause, covering up to 18 cited issues by Tenants Union, including nonpayment of rent, noncompliance with lease terms, and chronically late rent payments, among other reasons. Landlords would not be able to evict for retaliatory or discriminatory reasons. Recent studies have indicated a correlation between evictions and growing rates of homelessness.

In their article I clicked on the “recent studies have indicated a correlation” to find out exactly who authored this study. Imagine my surprise when I found it to be the Seattle Women’s Commission and Housing Justice Project (a homelessness prevention program of the King County Bar Association). Not exactly non-partisan entities without any direct stake in the homeless matter.

You can read the full report at the MyNorthwest.com story.

Excerpts from their study:

From the Executive Summary: While a month of unpaid rent might be an inconvenience for a landlord, an eviction can mean life or death for a tenant. National research shows eviction is one of the leading causes of homelessness. Despite these serious societal consequences of systemic evictions, a deep analysis of eviction causes, process, and outcomes has never before been carried out in Seattle. Because the city is experiencing an unprecedented housing crisis, and we knew anecdotally that this crisis disproportionately impacts marginalized communities such as women, people of color, and people in poverty, the Seattle Women’s Commission (SWC) and the King County Housing Justice Project (HJP) decided to undertake research to fill this gap.”

Rebalance the Scales of Justice: Limit non-rent charges and the imposition of attorney’s fees, expand courthouse-based resources to include social services and financial assistance, and limit reporting of landlord-tenant debt unless reduced to judgment.”

Make it Possible to Pay Rent: Require landlords to offer payment plans, increase time periods to cure nonpayment of rent, and increase subsidies to tenants at risk of eviction.”

I was a landlord in King County until I sold my property in 2015. I can tell you that missing payment for one month of rent and covering other charges would have been a MAJOR inconvenience that would have caused me great stress. Not all landlords are flush with bundles of cash to cover their mortgages in case tenants can’t pay. And I know of ZERO mortgage companies that would accept a “payment plan.”

But Seattle/King County bureaucrats don’t think that way. That would require addressing core issues of those who they seek to keep dependent upon the government. And it wouldn’t allow them the opportunity to seek more taxpayer dollars in the name of “solving” a crisis.

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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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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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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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Game time! Guess how many prior convictions Seattle man has after he pulled knife on business employee

Demorat-run Seattle/King County has a major problem with what is called “repeat offenders.”

In February, a report detailed how 100 repeat offenders repeatedly cycle through the “criminal justice” system. Most of the repeat offenders are homeless and have substance abuse and mental issues. I’ve done several posts on repeat offenders in that area, see here, here, here and here.

Now people in the Seattle Ballard neighborhood are on high alert because a repeat offender is terrorizing their community.

The repeat offender, Patrick Kindness (I know, the irony in that last name), pulled a knife on a female bar manager and threatened her. This happened while the bar owner was waiting for police after another harassment incident with Kindness.

According to KOMO News, Kindness (50) has more than 100 convictions, including several felonies. He’s been booked into the King County Jail at least 10 times so far in 2019.

You can read about the bar owner and his employee’s story here.

I’m fresh out of ANY empathy for Seattle residents. They just had city council elections and re-elected the majority of incumbents despite their TERRIBLE conditions (homelessness crisis, homeless criminal activity, repeat offenders, etc.).

If you have any plans to visit Seattle I suggest you avoid that place.

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Fauxcahontas and Sanders weigh in on Amazon donating money to Seattle City Council race

The city of Seattle has some serious problems. Just search our web site for “Seattle” and you’ll find plenty of examples. This includes issues with their homeless crisis, repeat offenders, the lack of police response and frustrated business owners. A sample:

Business owner gives up on reporting crime to Seattle Police
Failed city of Seattle: Police response to business owner whose customer was assaulted by homeless criminal, “you’re pretty far down the line, pal”
Liberal utopia of Seattle: Downtown family-owned drugstore closing due to crime

Seattle business owners have a vested interest in the upcoming city council elections.

One of the largest employers there, Amazon, is donating money to various candidates. They are donating as is their legal right. MyNorthwest.com reports that Amazon has donated $1.45 million to various candidates and a PAC.

Apparently this has two demorat presidential candidates – Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders – all bent out of shape. They tweeted the following:

Fauxcahontas: “Surprise: Amazon is trying to tilt the Seattle City Council elections in their favor. I’m with the Seattle council members and activists who continue standing up to Amazon. Corporations aren’t people, and I have a plan to get big money out of politics.

Sanders: In a city struggling with homelessness, Amazon is dropping an outrageous amount of money to defeat progressive candidates fighting for working people. The way Amazon conducts itself in its hometown is a perfect example of the out-of-control corporate greed we are going to end.”

These two might want to do their homework. Better yet: Walk in downtown Seattle without any bodyguards. They’ll get a good view of working people being harassed by the homeless and repeat offenders.

They also might want to check out the current candidates. All of them are progressives from what I’ve read and offer no better solutions than what the demorat bureaucrats have been doing for the past ten years. I haven’t seen one conservative running for Seattle City Council.

Amazon is wasting their money as far as I’m concerned.

Fauxcahontas and Sanders don’t really care about the results of the Seattle City Council race or the over-taxed and harassed residents of that city. This is just another excuse for those two millionaires to slam “corporate greed.”

Such very, very rich hypocrites.

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Gun-controlled Baltimore has one of its most violent weekends: 17 shot, including 2-year-old

The Baltimore Sun reports that this past weekend, 17 people were shot — four of them fatally —one of its most brutal weekends on record. This includes a two-year-old boy who was shot in the stomach during a “road rage” incident.

More from the Sun:

“The violent crime is “sad and incredible sickening,” Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said, “especially when innocent children are caught in the middle.”

“As I have said repeatedly, enough is enough,” Hogan said in a statement. “We will continue working closely with city leaders and urging members of the legislature to do more to get these repeat violent offenders off our streets.”

A spokesman for Democratic Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young did not respond to a request for comment.

City Council President Brandon Scott, a Democrat who is running for mayor, called the weekend’s bloodshed “unacceptable” and said he intends to increase pressure on Baltimore police and Commissioner Michael Harrison to address the violence.

“We have to start to push a little harder on how they’re dealing with the violence day to day,” he said.

Harrison said in a statement that the men and women of the police department are focused on deterring violent crime in Baltimore.

“Prior to this weekend, as I mentioned to the City Council last week, I was encouraged by the overall trends in homicides and shootings over the past several weeks,” he said. “I think we all recognize that the issues driving spikes in violence must be addressed by a wide range of people and organizations, not just the police department, in order to make Baltimore the city we all want it to be.”

Read here about all the gun violence in Baltimore this past weekend.

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