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Homeless Seattle man, accused of a stabbing, on the loose after failing to show up for court-appointed treatment program

The city of Seattle/King County has a homeless crisis that bureaucrats perpetuate by coddling criminal activities committed by the homeless. Law-abiding citizens are terrorized by these actions: Feces and urine line Seattle streets along with drug needles all over the place. Mentally unstable people are allowed to roam the streets and scare citizens.

The mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan, the Seattle City Council and King County bureaucrats are to blame. They take MILLIONS of taxpayer dollars to “solve” the homeless crisis yet do NOTHING to actually solve the problem.

In an effort to help a violent homeless criminal, bureaucrats believed that he would turn his life around if just given the chance. Never mind the fact that he was deemed likely to commit a violent offense.

From MyNorthwest.com: A violent, homeless man with a long criminal record is on the loose, this time, after allegedly stealing a safe from an apartment complex in South Lake Union, nearly $2,500 worth of goods from a local clothing shop, and a woman’s bike and bank card. He’s already being investigated for stabbing a man.

In King County Adult Drug Diversion Court, Prosecutor Dan Satterberg initially asked for $20,000 bail in July for the suspect, Jordan Anthony Acosta. His reasoning was that Acosta “…is likely to commit a violent offense, and is likely to fail-to-appear to future court appearances.”

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office says the parties, including the judge, agreed to release Acosta so that he could participate in outpatient treatment that would be monitored by the court, however. Acosta didn’t appear at a recent court hearing and the judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.

Acosta, 27, has a long criminal history that includes felony theft and assault in the 2nd degree. In all, he has had six warrants for his arrest since 2014. The most recent incidents happened within days of each other.

On July 22, 2018, surveillance allegedly shows Acosta allegedly breaking into a Seattle apartment complex where he pried his way through at least four locked locations, stealing a laptop, key fobs that allow entry into the apartment complex, and a safe holding rent checks (mine included). When officers were dispatched to the location, they immediately recognized Acosta on the surveillance video, according to a police document.

Just three days later, on July 25, Acosta and a second unidentified man, allegedly broke into a Seattle clothing store, stole several backpacks and clothes retailing nearly $2,500. Again, when officers viewed surveillance footage, they immediately identified one of the suspects as Acosta, according to the police document.

Then, on August 2, Acosta fled from cops after they caught him riding without a helmet. The bike — and the bank card, ORCA card, and movie pass he had in his possession — did not belong to him, according to court documents. Indeed, the cards are from a suspected car prowl and the bike stolen from an apartment garage.

Acosta lists a homeless shelter as his residence. There’s been a rash of crime committed by homeless people, sometimes to fuel their drug addiction.

Acosta is also being investigated for stabbing a man in May 2018. In that incident, Acosta allegedly stole a man’s music equipment from an apartment building. When the man attempted to retrieve the stolen goods with a friend, Acosta allegedly stabbed the friend before being arrested. The court document says “The State has concerns about community safety given that this defendant has demonstrated a willingness to stab victims attempting to retain their property.”

Apparently the prosecutor decided it was a good idea to recommend Acosta for the outpatient program because he hadn’t been convicted of a violent crime.

Read the whole story here.

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PS: Don’t expect this to be an isolated incident: Satterberg is running for re-election unopposed as his challenger dropped out of the race last week due to medical reasons.

Good luck Seattle! You’re going to need it…

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Liberal logic: Despite increase in King County’s homeless population, 10-plan to end homelessness is “not a failure”

Homeless in King County: “Not a failure”/Q13Fox photo

In 2005 King County (Washington) created a 10-year plan to end homelessness. They established the Committee to End Homelessness in King County (CEH), charged with implementing the goals of the Ten-Year Plan: prevent homelessness whenever possible; move people rapidly from homelessness to stable housing; increase the efficiency of existing systems and improve collaboration; and create the public and political will to end homelessness.

Since then, statistics show there has been an increase in homeless citizens:

  • January 2006: 7,910
  • January 2010: 8,937
  • May 2018: 12,112

Despite the increase in homeless in Seattle and King County, a former director for the CEH claims that he doesn’t believe the plan was a failure.

MyNorthwest.com did an interview with Bill Block, the former director of the CEH who said, “I think we’ve accomplished a lot of things for the people we’ve actually need helped,” Block said. “I think we weren’t prepared for the degree to which the mental health system would expand using homelessness as their discharge, or the criminal justice system, or the chemical dependency system.”

And since under his leadership the plan was not a failure, he had to find someone to blame: the federal government.

He said, “In all other developed countries, the national government is responsible for ensuring that there’s an adequate supply of housing for low-income workers,” he said. “And this government stopped doing that in the early ’70s. And that’s a major difference between us and England, or France, or Germany, or the other developed countries.”

Read about the whole interview here.

If this is Block’s idea of success, I’d hate to see an ACTUAL failure.

The only success I see is keeping the industrial homeless complex alive via taxpayer dollars.

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Text reveals that Seattle City Councilmember blames “privileged voters” for possible homeless deaths

Lorena Gonzalez (r): Elected by “privileged voters”

In November 2015, former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray declared a state of emergency over the homelessness situation.

In November 2017 a report indicated that the city and county had funds of $195,588,532 to allocate to solving this crisis. A report that came out in May this year stating they need to spend $400 million per year to solve the homeless crisis.

In order to help solve this issue, the Seattle City Council devised a “head tax” to collect more monies from big businesses. In May the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a head tax for big businesses at the rate of $275/employee. The head tax was very unpopular and weeks later the council repealed it.  See my post about this fiasco here.

As part of a Public Records Act request, the Seattle Times did a very good report/review of text messages between Mayor Jenny Durkan, a union boss, a multimillionaire entrepreneur, and Seattle Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez. The messages expose how the dire polling results helped drive Seattle officials to abruptly flip-flop on the city’s head tax.

(Also noted that emails released as part of two lawsuits accusing the council of violating Washington’s Open Public Meetings Act by deliberating and deciding to repeal the head tax in private.)

They reveal text messages between councilmember Gonzalez and her staff in which she insults Seattle voters.

Here’s a few excerpts from the Times report:

“We need to get rid of this albatross [head tax] and then quietly work to figure out what takes its place,” González texted Saturday, June 9, after Rolf and political consultants had, in a conference call, briefed her, three other council members and two Durkan deputies on the polling, which showed significant voter opposition to the head tax and dismal job ratings for the council.”

(Remember, Gonzalez was part of the unanimous vote to approve the head tax.)

Also from the report:

“After the June 9 conference call to discuss the grim polling results, González and Reiter exchanged texts about blame for the head-tax imbroglio.

“I’m gonna be on the mayors staff like crazy because they might scoop council on the repeal,” Reiter texted. “Her (Durkan’s) favorables are much better than council and I imagine she’s feeling emboldened.”

“As she should,” González texted. “Because she is.”

“She’s still in honeymoon period,” Reiter responded. “Not long before the [expletive] will be all over her face too.”

“And we should allow for that to happen rather than attempting to own it,” González texted. “It’s time for us to swallow our medicine. ‘We’ [expletive] this up. Royally.”

Here’s where Gonzalez goes on to insult the “privileged” Seattle voters:

“But according to a half-dozen people briefed on them, the results showed a majority of voters opposed to the tax and unlikely to budge.

It breaks my heart that more homeless people will die before the privileged voter is ready to act,” González texted. “It’s nauseating actually.”

Read the whole Seattle Times story here.

Of course everyone involved in this story provided no comment or explanation as to the context/meaning of their text messages due to the pending lawsuits.

The councilmember’s term expires in December 2021. Imagine her re-election campaign slogans: “Re-elect me, you darn privileged voters!”

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Lawless in Seattle: Police never respond to Target’s call of theft in progress

Seattle – like many west coast, progressive-run cities – has some serious problems (homelessness, needles left on the streets, open drug use, feces and urination on the streets, increased crime due to lack of enforcement, etc.).

Just several days ago I told you about a developer whose housing project went up in flames because of homeless drug users. The gentlemen had called the Seattle Police several times and the police even had a conversation with one of the squatters. The police did not ask the squatters to leave nor did they remove the trespassers. The squatters caused a fire which the developer estimates damage at $1.3 million. Read the whole story here.

Now it turns out criminals are able to rob and steal in broad daylight while Seattle Police do not respond to calls for help.

MyNorthwest.com reports that a thief was free to steal and assault at a downtown Target store because Seattle Police NEVER RESPONDED to the store’s call for help during the 15 minutes the theft occurred.

From their story:

“Surveillance video from August allegedly shows 41-year-old Jason Lewis confronting sales workers on the electronics floor of the department store. At one point, he head bumps an employee. The terrorized employees left him alone after that. Lewis then destroyed display cases and grabbed as many electronics as he could over 15 minutes.

“He then begins to push over and drags store displays and he uses one as a weapon, swinging it like a sled hammer trying to break a secure container loaded with iPads and Apple watches,” KIRO 7’s Gary Horcher reported. “When that didn’t work, he kicked it repeatedly. Then he got down on the floor and tried to kick it open with both feet. Keep in mind, three minutes have passed since this violent tirade began. Lewis rips down the big video monitor on top of the Apple display, and then he is barely able to budge the very heavy 4-foot by 3-foot locked case.”

The perp is a career criminal who was arrested later that night for car prowling. A judge released him from jail just 19 hours later. That’s when the perp went back to the same Target store and repeated the thefts two more times over three days. Police eventually tackled him outside the store after his final attempt.

Read the whole story and watch the video here.

I said it before and I’ll say it again: Seattle hasn’t had a republican mayor since 1952. And voters knew EXACTLY what they were getting when they elected a demorat mayor and a city council full of demorats (also one socialist).

Sorry Seattleites…I’m fresh out of empathy for y’all.

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Going after your wallet in the name of climate change: Bloomberg awards grant to Seattle to study traffic congestion pricing

The city of Seattle – like many west coast, progressive run cities – has many, many problems (homelessness, needles left on the streets, open drug use, feces and urination on the streets, increased crime due to lack of enforcement, etc.).

Having not solved those issues with massive amounts of taxpayer dollars, Mayor Jenny Durkan is moving  on to solving climate change seeking another way to steal more taxpayer dollars.

MyNorthwest reports that the Michael Bloomberg’s American Cities Climate Challenge has awarded the city a $2.5 million grant to study ways to address climate change. One item the mayor wants to study is traffic congestion pricing.

The mayor said, “We’ve got a lot of work to do to see exactly how we would implement it, how we would put up the cameras to catch people, how you would charge, how much you charge, and what we do for equity,” Durkan said Friday. “Because there’s a number of people right now who have to travel into Seattle … because they can’t afford to live here anymore. It’s tied to affordability.”

Of course the mayor has no idea when the traffic congestion pricing program would be implemented. Guess she’s got plenty of time to burn through a $2.5 million grant.

The end goal, of course, is twofold: Get more of your money and force you to change your behaviors. From the report: “The pricing would establish tolls to drive on select Seattle streets, perhaps with differing charges depending on the time. The aim is to discourage people from driving cars around town as the population grows.

The mayor also said, “If you look across the globe, those cities that have implemented congestion pricing have had the greatest success on getting people out of vehicles and reducing vehicles in the city,” she said. “It’s had another huge, very important benefit. That’s a health benefit. The number of asthma cases in children have dropped precipitously in those areas where they’ve actually had congestion pricing.”

Read the whole MyNorthwest story here.

Seattle hasn’t had a republican mayor since 1952. And they knew EXACTLY what they were getting when they elected demorat Jenny Durkan in 2017.

Sorry Seattleites…I’m fresh out of empathy for y’all.

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Seattle Police refused to remove homeless from construction site before they caused $1.3 million fire damage

The city of Seattle has a major homeless crisis that is perpetuated by the fact that homeless people are not held to the same standards as regular citizens.  They are allowed to defecate and urinate on city streets, carry weapons into prohibited places and openly use drugs. See the following posts:

Now a poor business man is facing a major loss – to the tune of $1.3 MILLION – because the Seattle police would not do anything about illegal squatters on the man’s construction project.

MyNorthwest.com reports about how a developer’s construction project was burned down by drug-using squatters. From the report:

“Adam Salmon, whose business, Eugene Sherman Development, has been building seven row houses on 43rd Street just off Aurora, said that a group of drug-using squatters have refused to vacate the property for months, even becoming belligerent when asked to leave. He is almost certain that one of these men caused the fire that robbed him of a large part of his livelihood.

Now he is out $1.2 million to $1.3 million, and the project that has been under construction for the past year is reduced to a pile of rubble. Eugene Sherman Development — named for the first names of both of Salmon’s grandfathers — is small, Salmon said, and tremendous losses like this one are not easy to absorb.

“It’s one of those punches in the gut that you have to pull yourself together,” he said. Insurance does not cover all of the costs of getting the Wallingford construction project back to the state it had been in.

The squatters have caused Salmon’s company grief for the past several months. Salmon said wryly that it was “a ritual every morning” trying to get the drug users to leave — in particular the group’s ringleader, who was “very defiant” when confronted.

“My guys would show up to work in the morning and there would be guys sleeping in there, and their drug paraphernalia was laying everywhere,” he said. “We would ask them to leave and they’d get aggressive.”

Each morning, Salmon and his employees found feces around the site. His employees were afraid of stepping on needles, and sub-contractors even refused to come to the project site out of fear.

“We had to spend our time chasing them each day, and then cleaning up the work site,” Salmon said.

Salmon has called police to the site several times, but to no avail. He and his workers put up “No trespassing” signs and fences around the property at the police’s suggestion. “No matter how secure we attempted to make it, they found their way in every evening,” he said of the squatters.

On Wednesday, Salmon said the police came to the work site while the ‘lead squatter’ was still sleeping there. “They talked to the guy, they told us they can’t do anything about it … They didn’t make him move, they didn’t make him leave,” Salmon said.”

Read the whole story here.

On top of this, Salmon has another construction project in a different part of the city in which he is experiencing similar problems with the homeless.

Also noted in the story: “He has written to the Seattle City Council of his travails, he said, but it seems as though the city government favors drug-addicted trespassers over hard-working, law-abiding business owners.”

Seattle voters better wake up. Your city is going up in flames right before your progressive eyes.

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Homeless carrying weapons are “slipping through security” at King County Courthouse

The King County Courthouse is surrounded by homeless people on any given day. Back in April, a King County Councilmember said that it was the worst spot in the city for violent behavior. Citizens are routinely accosted and that it smells so bad because of the public defecation and urination.

In the summer of 2017, a homeless man brandishing a pair of scissors tried to attack King County Sheriff John Urquhart right outside of the courthouse. See the full video of the attempted attack here.

Even judges have stated that it is unsafe around the courthouse. In 2017, two judges described the conditions as “unsanitary” with a “potentially frightening atmosphere.”

Now KIRO7 reports that the weapons that the homeless carry are slipping through the x-ray machine at the courthouse. Apparently the machines are “failing” because they don’t have high-resolution cameras. The machines are also very expensive to maintain. New machines are in the budget for next year.

Some of the items making it through into the courthouse include knives, pepper spray and brass knuckles.

The homeless don’t have any place to store their weapons so apparently they feel it is perfectly acceptable to bring them into a courthouse. It’s not acceptable – it’s against the law and is considered a misdemeanor. I wonder how many homeless people who bring prohibited weapons into the courthouse have actually faced any consequences? That is a rhetorical question, of course.

Read the whole KIRO7 story here.

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Liberal utopia of Seattle: 8 new cases of HIV identified in homeless population

Many progressive-run cities on the west coast have a serious homeless crisis. The homeless are free to do drugs in the open (and in shelters), drink on the streets and generally continue their dangerous activities with no consequences. Heck, their bad behaviors are even encouraged by the bureaucrats. See the following posts:

Now the homeless are about to be responsible for a potential health outbreak in the Emerald City, thanks to Seattle Police allowing them to shoot up where ever they want and the bureaucrats keeping the homeless industrial complex alive.

From MyNorthwest.com: A cluster of new HIV infections in North Seattle has health officials worried that it’s unknowingly being spread by homeless addicts.

Eight new cases have been identified among people described as being homeless, heterosexual, and drug users. Public Health said several of the people reported exchanging sex for money or drugs.

Doctors say the cluster is unusual and suggests that HIV could be gaining inroads into the heterosexual population through dirty needles.

This cluster is unusual and worrying, suggesting that we are seeing an increase in HIV among heterosexuals who inject drugs, and that HIV could be gaining inroads into the heterosexual population through injection drug use,” Dr. Matthew Golden, MD, Director of Public Health’s HIV/STD Program said in a news release. “Changes in drug use patterns, with greater mixing between heroin users and people who inject methamphetamine, may be putting more people at risk for HIV.”

An average of 10 heterosexual people who use injection drugs are diagnosed with the disease in King County each year, according to Public Health. So far, there have already been 19 in 2018.

Public Health says it is alerting healthcare providers and urging them to increase HIV testing and prevention counseling, increasing outreach and testing programs, providing case management for individuals newly-identified with infections, and continuing to assure access to sterile injection equipment and condoms.

“The most effective way to prevent HIV transmission in the community is to identify people with HIV, link them to medical care and ensure that they are treated,” Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County said in a news release. “Medications for HIV suppress the infection, safeguarding the health of infected persons and preventing HIV transmission.”

Public Health says homelessness is a contributing factor for communicable diseases and HIV. The homeless have poor access to health care, have a high prevalence of injection drug use, and face behavioral health challenges.

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Liberal utopia: Homeless given free pass to terrorize citizens

The streets of San Francisco…

I’ve blogged about how terrible progressive-run cities have become due to the crimes perpetrated by the homeless. The homeless are free to poop where ever they want, do drugs in the open (and in shelters), drink on the streets and generally continue their dangerous activities with no consequences. Heck, their bad behaviors are even encouraged by the bureaucrats. See the following posts:

A radio producer for KTTH in Washington, Daron Casey, recently visited San Francisco and tells a story of how he was immediately attacked by a homeless person.

Within an hour of arriving on the streets of San Francisco Daron was assaulted. He was hit by a homeless man in the stomach which nearly knocked him over. He wasn’t hurt too badly at all yet it could have been worse had the homeless man had a knife or other weapon on him. Daron was too scared to take a picture of the homeless man.

The event spooked Daron enough that he did not want to walk around the city.

Daron went on to describe the city as “third world country” within a city.

Streets were filled with tents and garbage and homeless people were openly committing crimes. There were no police around to stop any criminal activities.

Read Daron’s whole story about the event here.

If you’re planning a trip any time soon to San Francisco, you’ve been warned!

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Seattle judge extends 3-D printed gun ban pending state challenge

Judge Lasnik: Needs a refresher course on the First Amendment

The good judge (appointed by Bill Clinton) claims that Cody Wilson’s First Amendment rights are “currently abridged, but it has not been abrogated.”

Wow, just wow.

From Fox News: A judge in Seattle extended a ban on publishing instructions for 3-D printed guns during state litigation over the controversial practice, handing a procedural victory to gun-control advocates.

The ruling, handed down in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, marks the latest chapter in the ongoing battle over 3D-printed weapons.

Defense Distributed, a non-profit defense firm, had planned to offer the blueprints for download starting Aug. 1 following a multiyear legal battle with the federal government.

However, in late July U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik stopped the release of the blueprints. President Donald Trump has also voiced his concern over the weapons.

Advocates for gun control have argued that 3D-printed guns could also pose security challenges as they pass through airport X-ray machines.

Speaking to Fox News in July Defense Distributed director Cody Wilson described current 3D-printed guns as “mostly curiosities,” and said that the “big” and “bulky” characteristics of the weapons would help identify them. “I doubt seriously that it’s a real problem,” he added. “If it is a problem, then the [security] norms will have to change.”

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia sued the federal government, alleging it reached a “covert” settlement with the company, Defense Distributed, without notifying Congress or the Department of Defense about changes it made to an export act that prohibited 3D gun plans from being posted online.

Previously, Lasnik said that his court is not the proper venue to decide this issue.

“You know, it’s a little bit frustrating to be sitting in this chair as a United States District Court judge and seeing this is an issue that should be solved by the political branches of government,” Lasnik said, reports the Seattle Times. “And I really hope and wish that the executive branch and Congress would face up to this and say, it’s a tough issue, but that’s why you got into public service to begin with.”

The states suing are Washington, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

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