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Liberal logic in Seattle: Thoughts on policing

While reading this “Thoughts on policing in Seattle” rant below, keep the following in mind:

Seattle’s ten-year plan to end homeless originated in 2005. In Seattle/King County they currently spend ONE BILLION taxpayer dollars annually to “fight” homelessness. Today, public homelessness has never been this bad across Seattle.

Seattle and King County bureaucrats do not punish repeat criminal offenders. Just a year ago a King County judge spoke about why repeat offenders receive no punishments: “We’re just talking about property crime.”

A young (28-year-old) Seattle business owner shared the following on TwitLonger:

“I currently manage a small business in Seattle, and this month I’ve experienced more crime than ever- burglary, break in attempts, shoplifting, shoplifting while I was cleaning up after the burglary. Today I was asked to do an interview with Jonathan Choe of KOMO News, and after some thought and discussion, I’ve declined to do it. He was reporting on the suspect who will be in court tomorrow, not for our burglary (though he was arrested that same night with our merchandise under his arm, still tagged) but for assaulting a police officer, later that week. While on the phone, Mr. Choe indicated that this would be a report on the current state of prosecution in Seattle, and while I’m still very much angry, and very hurt, by what’s happened to my place of work (thousands of dollars of damage in an otherwise exhausting, challenging year! An injured employee! Sleepless nights!), I do not trust that my words on camera would not be turned into propaganda.

The arrest of the burglar gives me no joy, and no security. It will not pay for the smashed windows or damaged and destroyed product. Yes, it deeply disturbs me that I do not feel safe in my community and that as it stands now, I feel vulnerable to criminals. But it upsets me even more that I knew there would be no protection and that I could not trust the people who claim to serve and protect to do any of that. It scares me even just putting these words out into the world, I fear retaliation. We are a very small business and this has been a very tough year. I wish I trusted the systems that are supposed to be in place to protect us to do more. I wish I felt like the tax dollars we pay did something besides brutalizing protesters and the unhoused. The morning after the burglary, I stood among the wreckage and I just felt- sad. Our burglar is a repeat offender and drug user, and at that moment it felt like I was sitting under a collapsed house of cards. His arrest and incarceration wouldn’t pay for the damage. It wouldn’t save us from losing our insurance and thus our lease (if it comes to that.) It will only make it harder for him to break out of a cycle of violence. And I looked out the door, at the encampments and the people who wander our neighborhood every day, and I saw all of it feeding back into each other like a terrible oroboros of suffering.

If only we had systems to help people before they felt they needed to smash windows. There are people doing incredible mutual aid work here in Seattle. But the system itself is too broken to save. I am sick to death of people asking me “aren’t you worried there will be more of this if we defund SPD?” No, what I’m afraid of is more of this as more and more people end up on the streets in the cold, victims of evictions and mounting debts. I am afraid of more and more tax dollars bleeding into the pocket of the police officer who sometimes sits outside our shop, blocking our door with his cruiser, sleeping behind the wheel, always leaving before sundown. I am afraid for the regulars I have who are unhoused, who are good people, kind people, who have been unlucky in life. I am afraid to call police because I am afraid to be the reason someone is killed.

I am just one person. I don’t have answers. Right now it’s a challenge just surviving, and I am overwhelmed, exhausted, and afraid. It seems easier to close this document and leave it as a diary entry rather than sharing it. But with KOMO News waiting breathlessly to report on Seattle as a war zone, I want to be heard by someone. If this city is a war zone it is of the SPD’s own making. Everyone wants to fetishize my fear and anger against one criminal, and I am scared, and I am angry. But no one wants to hear about the people from the unhoused community who saw us standing in the night and checked in to offer words of support, or plywood for our windows. This city is not a war zone- it feels dangerous right now, but the danger is in the fabric of society allowing inequality to pull it apart. Jeff Bezos and Jenny Durkan have done more to make me feel unsafe than the encampments, but no one’s rushing to interview me about that.

As always, these words are my own views and not necessarily representative of my business as a whole. Defund SPD, shop local, Black Lives Matter. And please be kind. It’s the holidays, for f*ck’s sake.”

This is a clear example of why people in Seattle keep electing progressives who only make conditions worse in that city.

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Liberalism in action: Seattle is on life support

In March of 2019, KOMO News in Seattle did a documentary called, “Seattle is Dying.”

The progressives who run this once-beautiful city have turned it into a cesspool: Repeat offenders, a homeless crisis, criminals not held accountable, BLM/Antifa antics, and the list goes on and on.

Now KOMO News has done another documentary entitled, “The Fight for the Soul of Seattle.”

From the YouTube video description:

“The Fight for the Soul of Seattle” examines the role of Seattle’s City Council in allowing the situation to reach what many experts consider epidemic levels under the guise of a compassionate approach to people who suffer from substance addiction and who commit crimes to feed their habit.

It documents the heartbreaking condition of people on the streets, and the crushing decisions Seattle entrepreneurs are forced to contemplate as their life savings and dreams are destroyed by theft, vandalism and a dwindling customer base. This documentary also explores potential bold solutions to treat those living on the streets and pair them with agencies and assistance that can provide a clear path away from the endless circle of addiction and crime.”

It’s a a long video yet just watch the first three minutes and you get the idea of what the demorat leaders have done to that city.

The video shows interviews with residents who are losing hope. This includes democrats who elected Mayor Durkan with 56% of the votes. And they KEEP re-electing radical council members.

If these voters do choose to move away from the sh*thole of Seattle, they need to change their voting habits. Because they NEVER learn this most imortant piece of advice:

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King County Council approves plan to let community groups decide some punishment – not judges

Progressives really, truly believe they have the solutions to achieving utopia. They believe it can be achieved, in part, via “criminal justice reform.”

So the news that the progressive King County Council wants to let community groups determine punishments for criminals is not surprising.

King County’s progressive judicial system has already set the precedence via their lackadaisical respect for law and order. That progressive-run area has multiple problems with homelessness, drug users and repeat offenders. The result is that criminals are RARELY punished for their crimes. See the following examples:

King County judge on why repeat offenders get no punishment: “We’re just talking about property crime”
Resident in liberal utopia of Seattle who has been targeted by homeless: “Our community is just falling apart”
How many convictions does it take for Seattle City Attorney to place a homeless criminal in jail after his latest assault?
Seattle Homicide Suspect Repeat Offender, Booked at Least 46 Times

Since the judges can’t adequately punish repeat offenders, maybe citizens can get it right? The King County Council seems to think so since they approved a criminal justice diversion program that will let community groups decide what punishment, if any, should be handed out for a select group of accused felons. The diversion program was approved on November 17 by a vote of 9 to zero.

Some of the details from KOMO News:

“Instead of facing a judge, juveniles and adults accused of a first-time, non-violent felony offense will be offered an alternative where a non-profit community panel will decide how the accused person can be held accountable for their crime.

Suspects accused of violent crimes and crimes against persons would not be eligible for the diversion program, and if the offender fails to follow through with the community groups recommended punishment or accountability, the original criminal charges could still be pursued in court.

“We can send that person instead (of jail) to a community accountability group, who will define what they think accountability means,” said King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

Accountability would not include jail or even a conviction, said Satterberg, who declined to define what accountability means.

“That’s up to the community groups,” he said, adding that it would target 800 juveniles and 1,000 adults to start. “These are low-level felonies, property offenses, no domestic violence, no sexual assault cases (and) decisions you would make if you were in my shoes.”

Read their whole story here.

I guess the community group citizens can’t make any decisions much worse than the local judges already do. But then again, you know how crazy progressives can be.

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The definition of insanity: Majority of Seattle voters unhappy with direction of city & city council

You CANNOT fix STOOPID.

Seattle has been a sh*thole city for quite some time now. Remember the CHAZ fiasco under the direction of Mayor Jenny Durkan this past summer?

I’ve covered the many, many, MANY failures of Seattle’s demorat leadership for years. See the following examples:

BLM achieves justice in Seattle: First black police chief resigns
Man who dropped out of Seattle City Council race last year exposes city & allies’ coordinated efforts to mislead the public on their homelessness crisis
Seattle has a solution to their homelessness crisis: A 75-person task force
King County judge on why repeat offenders get no punishment: “We’re just talking about property crime
Violent repeat offender in Seattle assaults toddler with coffee, two days after his jail release

Yet Seattleites KEEP electing demorats while, I guess, expecting a different outcome?

Turns out some Seattle folk are unhappy with the direction of the city! Gee, I wonder why???

Excerpts from KIRO 7 News:

A new survey of Seattle voters found that many are unhappy with how the City Council is handling things and the direction of the city, according to EMC Research.

After polling voters in late October, researchers found 54% of voters think things in Seattle “have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track.” A third of voters (35%) think things are “generally going in the right direction.”

In an open-ended question with no response options, 45% of voters mentioned homelessness as the issue they are most concerned about, followed by affordable housing/cost of living and police brutality/defunding the police.

Three-quarters of voters polled said they are unhappy about the growth of illegal homeless camps in many Seattle neighborhoods, city parks and playgrounds and a majority don’t agree with the council ending most encampment cleanups.

Read the whole story here.

I’m fresh outta any empathy for people in Seattle. Demorats will NEVER learn this one EASY lesson:

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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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