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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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Pandering: Obama says every country should be run by a woman

The Hill published an article yesterday in which former President Obama said the following:

“I’m absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement across the board on just about everything… living standards and outcomes.”

According to Obama, women are “undisputably better leaders.”

Read the whole article here.

One could find a great woman leader in the US and around the world yet let’s take a look at some US women leaders to see if their constituents have seen a “significant improvement” on just about everything, shall we?

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan: A city run amok with homeless criminals, drug needles, repeat offenders, and downtown businesses closing due to criminal activity and inefficient police response times (if they actually respond).

Liberal utopia of Seattle/Q13 Fox photo

Seattle Socialist Council Member Kshama Sawant: While the city is overrun by homeless criminals and repeat offenders, this councilmember whines that a record $6.5 BILLION budget isn’t enough to address deep inequality and racism. As if THAT will improve living standards.

The streets of San Francisco…

San Francisco Mayor London Breed: I don’t need to detail all the problems in San Francisco. Everyone knows it is LITERALLY a sh*thole of a city.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown: Just like other west coast, progressive-run cities, Portland has a major problem with the homeless and their criminal activities. But here’s another bonus under the womyn governor: The state was ranked 49th in U.S. graduation rate in 2017.

The street of LA…

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor District 1 Representative Hilda Solis: Los Angeles saw a 12% increase in homelessness despite spending $619M in tax payer dollars. Bonus: Typhus and leprosy!

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf: A city that has obtained $9 million taxpayer dollars to build affordable housing yet has delivered ZERO units. Yet if you are an illegal alien you’re entitled to early warnings so you can avoid ICE raids.

While there are some brilliant women leaders around the world, to state that every nation would thrive under the leadership of women is just flat-out inaccurate. Especially if they are a “progressive” woman.

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NSFW: Seattle/King County hires transgender stripper to perform at conference to “solve” homelessness

I heard about this last week yet it was just reported as a “stripper” who performed at this really, really important conference.

Turns out that Seattle/King County hired a transgender stripper by the name of “Beyoncé Black St. James” to perform at their annual conference “dedicated” to solving homelessness.

Watch the “performance” below (NSFW).

Apparently the woman who hired this “entertainment” for the conference was put on leave. PAID LEAVE. Last week when I read about this it was reported that she made $123,000 per year.

Read all the details here on Chris Rufo‘s Twitter timeline.

I wonder if you Seattle demorats who continuously vote for the progressives who keep stealing your money for more “solutions” to “solving” the homelessness crisis truly believe that this is how you want your taxpayer dollars spent?

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The spin is real: Headline on Seattle’s “waste” problem avoids the real culprit

Liberal utopia of Seattle/Q13 Fox photo

If you’ve been to our site before you know that Seattle has a very real homeless crisis. If you haven’t visited us before, just type “Seattle” or “homeless” in our search button and you’ll find plenty of stories about the homeless criminals and bureaucrats’ inaction to actually solving the problem.

Between the city and King County, they spend more than $1 BILLION a year to try and solve the problem. Apparently that much money is not enough. It’s NEVER enough.

Imagine my surprise when I saw this headline at one of my favorite Seattle news web sites: “Shortage of Seattle public bathrooms creating wave of waste.”

Yeah, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

A much more appropriate, albeit longer, headline would be: Due to progressive policies of coddling the mentally ill and substance-abusing homeless criminals and repeat offenders leads to more people living on the streets and creating a public health crisis due to human feces deposited throughout the city.

The details from this obvious misleading headline at MyNorthwest.com include the following:

A shortage of public bathrooms in Seattle, paired with a rising tide of people living outside, has created a wave of waste: This year so far, Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) cleaners have responded to 6,456 reports of human feces just in the retail core of downtown, which already exceeds the entirety of incidents last year.

Members of Seattle City Council have moved on a solution, allocating almost $1.3 million in next year’s proposed city budget to buy and staff five “mobile bathroom facilities.” Don’t imagine port-a-potties: These would be bathrooms on wheels, with hand-washing stations, needle disposal, and a staff person to clean them and make sure no one sleeps or uses drugs inside.

The latest homeless count for Seattle/King County showed that there are 11,199 people experiencing homelessness countywide.

In a city where discussions around homelessness became very divisive in the run-up to the 2019 city council elections, the Board of Health declared homelessness a public health disaster over a year ago.”

Read the whole MyNorthwest.com story here.

As I mentioned in a post this past week, Seattle residents just re-elected three councilmember incumbents. They DESERVE what they vote for.

Congratulations Seattle voters, you’re on your way to possibly rivaling the streets of San Francisco!

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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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Congrats, Seattle! You got rid of a socialist and gained a community organizer with a track record of “flash mobs”

Oh boy Seattle, you are in for another fun ride with the new city council member you just elected in District 3.

If you believe that anything is going to change with the repeat offenders, homeless crisis, homeless criminal activity and police response time, well, good luck with that optimism. You’re going to need it.

Bye, bye Socialist Sawant

Egan Orion is apparently going to defeat the incumbent socialist Kshama Sawant for Seattle City Council. In 2016, citizens in Seattle elected the socialist Sawant to council. Read about her radical views here.

On Tuesday, Seattle voters swapped her out for another far-left progressive – Egan Orion. His Twitter bio: “Writer, PrideFest and BBIA Executive Director, small business owner, and community activist running for Seattle City Council District 3.”

Hello Egan! Photo from his Twitter profile

His background/qualifications? From his web site:

“My grandfather was a Teamster who moved to Capitol Hill in the 1930’s to start a family. My parents were both teachers, but they wouldn’t be able to purchase a home in today’s Seattle. I will fight for living wage jobs and affordable housing options that protect and welcome diversity and dynamism in our neighborhoods.

I have a track record—from flash mobs to PrideFest—of creating opportunities and events that celebrate our diversity and unity. We are a dynamic, increasingly young and diverse city that needs to celebrate and protect what makes this a great place to live, work, and play.”

Egan does understand the seriousness of the homeless crisis in his demorat-run city. His solutions?

Build more affordable housing. Expand all types of housing. Change “Backyard Cottage” legislation. Stronger renter protections. Expand 24/7 low-barrier, high supervisions shelters. Prioritize treatment on-demand for mental health and substance use disorder.

All good ideas, yet ones that have been in place in Seattle for some time. All proposed solutions and millions of dollars spent have had a minimal impact on reducing homelessness in this demorat-run city.

At least Seattle voters had the good sense to get rid of the socialist. They’ve now got a replacement progressive. I’m not holding my breath that much is going to change in that failing city.

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

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

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

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

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

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

From her MyNorthwest.com interview:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the whole story here.

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