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Despite more newly-enacted state gun control laws, Seattle’s gun violence is up

In May 2019 demorat Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bunch of new gun control laws claiming that they would “improve gun safety overall.”

Some of the laws included prohibiting firearms to persons under 21, temporarily seizing guns from people a judge deems a threat to themselves or others, and requiring certain secured firearm storage or trigger-locks.

The following month I did a blog post highlighting how ineffectively those new laws were preventing gun violence. See my post here.

On Friday, Seattle presented hard data that confirms the state’s new gun control laws are having ZERO effect on criminal behaviors in their city.

MyNorthwest.com reports that the Seattle Police Department (SPD) released its annual report on gun violence, and statistics show the number of shootings in 2019 is up from 2018. One of the causes is an increase in gang-related violence.

SPD records showed there were 332 shooting incidents in the city last year, an increase from 313 in 2018. There were also five more fatal shootings year over year.

At least the Department is solving 72% of the crimes, which is above the national average. Compare that to Chiraq’s dismal 12.2% clearance rate.

Read the whole Seattle gun violence story here.

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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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Washington state teenagers can now obtain “sensitive” health care services without parents’ knowledge or consent

Demorat Dhingra: Believes your teenagers have rights you don’t need to know about

Washington State Senate Bill 5889, sponsored by demorat Manka Dhingra, went into effect on January 1 this year. The bill relates to “insurance communications confidentiality” for children 13 and above.

In a nut shell, children (members of a plan) 13 and older will receive confidential communications about “sensitive” health care services. The subscriber, aka parent or guardian, will not receive the “communication’ about the “sensitive” health care service. This can be related to STDs, pregnancy, gender dysphoria, gender affirming care or domestic violence.

The bill is a relatively quick read, just 18 pages. Read it here.

Excerpts from the bill:

All people deserve the right to choose the health services that are right for them, and the right to confidential access to those health services.

When people are assured of the ability to confidentially access health care services, they are more likely to seek health services, disclose health risk behaviors to a clinician, and return for follow-up care.

When denied confidential access to needed care, people may delay or forgo care, leading to higher rates of unprotected sex, unintended pregnancy, untreated sexually transmitted infections, and mental health issues, or they may turn to public health safety net funds or free clinics to receive confidential care—important resources that should be reserved for people who do not have insurance coverage.”

The applicant for health care plan means “a person who applies for enrollment in an individual health plan as the subscriber or an enrollee, or the dependent or spouse of a subscriber or enrollee.”

Protected individual means “a minor who may obtain health care without the consent of a parent or legal guardian, pursuant to state or federal law.”

Regence Blueshield of Washington offers clarification for their subscribers:

“What is this change about? Our goal is to give our members personalized communications whenever possible. Starting in January, we will send communications about sensitive health care services to members age 13 and older of Washington-state based health plans rather than to the subscriber. This is part of a new Washington state law that takes effect Jan. 1, 2020.

What does that mean? This means that these communications will go to the person who received the care if they are age 13 and older, rather than to the subscriber, the person who signed up for health insurance. Previously, explanations of benefits (EOBs) and claims for all members were mailed to the subscriber or displayed on the subscriber’s online account. After Jan. 1, 2020, all EOBs will be mailed to the member or available only on the member’s online account. EOBs and claims for members younger than 13 will continue to display on the subscriber’s online account.

Why is that important? We recognize the importance of member privacy, and we are committed to keeping health information private for any members, including minors, who might be vulnerable if it is shared.

What kind of information is included? All EOBs, whether printed or online; claims communications; provider name and address; description of services provided; any written, oral or electronic communication that references protected health information; requests for additional information from us about a claim.”

The demorats in charge of Washington are just following Communist Rule #41: Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

h/t MyNorthwest.com

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Guess how much WA State governor wants to spend to “fight” homelessness

Liberal utopia of Seattle/Q13 Fox photo

You will not believe the amount of taxpayer dollars Gov. Jay Inslee wants to spend to fight homelessness in his state. Actually, it’s not surprising at all.

What IS surprising is the small impact the MILLIONS of dollars will have in solving anything associated with the homeless industrial complex.

You can read the whole story about the governor’s plan here at MyNorthwest.com. I’m just pulling excerpts of the governor’s initiatives. Take a look at these numbers (which are in addition to Seattle and King County’s numbers):

Total amount the governor will include in 2020 supplemental budget: $146 million
Total cost over three years: $300 million
$66 million to “reduce the point-in-time count of unsheltered individuals by 1,890
$15.4 million to provide permanent supportive housing for 1,080 people

It’s been four years since former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray declared a homeless emergency. And it’s been 14 years since King County developed their ten-year plan to end homelessness. During this whole time, the area has been run by progressives.

In Seattle/King County they currently spend ONE BILLION taxpayer dollars annually to “fight” homelessness.

Guess the plan is to never actually “end” homelessness but rather just “fight” it. Courtesy of taxpayers, of course.

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Liberal utopia of Seattle: Last grocery store in SoDo District closing due to homeless crimes

My posts about progressive-run Seattle sound like a broken record. See the following examples:

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

I’m straight up outta any concern for the law-abiding citizens of Seattle. YOU demorats elected the leadership you deserve.

The latest who will succumb to the progressive policies of Seattle are those living in the “SoDo” District who rely on just ONE grocery store in their area.

According to KOMO News, the Grocery Outlet will end its lease in February due to nearby homeless camps, used needles, shoplifting, theft and in-store assaults.

According to KOMO’s report, “Grocery Outlet’s closure would contribute to what some have called a “food desert” in South Seattle. There would especially be a lack of grocery stores catering to lower and middle income shoppers.”

A resident lamented, “If we lose this, there’s nowhere else for us to shop. Most of us want to stay right here in our area.”

Read the whole story here.

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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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Homeless man was just “defending himself” when he threw liquid at woman taking his picture

Keep in mind the legal definition of self defense when you read the story below:

“Self-defense is a defense to certain criminal charges as well as to some civil claims. Under both Criminal Law and Tort Law, self-defense is commonly asserted in cases of Homicide, Assault and Battery, and other crimes involving the attempted use of violence against an individual. Statutory and case law governing self-defense is generally the same in tort and criminal law.

A person claiming self-defense must prove at trial that the self-defense was justified. Generally a person may use reasonable force when it appears reasonably necessary to prevent an impending injury. A person using force in self-defense should use only so much force as is required to repel the attack. Nondeadly force can be used to repel either a nondeadly attack or a deadly attack. Deadly Force may be used to fend off an attacker who is using deadly force but may not be used to repel an attacker who is not using deadly force.

Up in Monroe, Washington (just north of Seattle), a woman took at picture of a homeless man. According to MyNorthwest.com, while the woman was in her car the man proceeded to throw a “reddish liquid” from a bottle all over her. She had no idea what the liquid was yet said it was “putrid-smelling.”

She rolled up her car window, called 911 and the homeless man came back at her with “a grapefruit-sized rock” above his head. A rock that big can be considered a deadly weapon.

Monroe Police told the assault victim – who was just taking a picture – that the homeless man had the right to defend himself [from her photography].

UNBELIEVABLE.

Read all the details about the story at MyNorthwest.com (including the illegal activities the perp had committed days prior to his attack on this woman).

Sad what has become of progressive-run (and voter-approved) areas of Washington State wherein the homeless criminals have more rights than law-abiding citizens.

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Washington State governor and AG want to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee was urging the passage of bills enforcing safe gun storage and enhanced background checks when buying or selling assault weapons. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) ORG XMIT: WATW110

This past Thursday, Washington State AG Bob Ferguson made an announcement, along with support from Governor Jay Inslee, that they will seek to ban assault weapons. They also want to propose limits to magazine capacity in order to combat mass shootings.

Excerpts from his announcement:

“In addition to renewing calls to ban the sale of these dangerous weapons and limits to magazine capacity, Ferguson is also proposing legislation to add background checks on ammunition sales after federal rules are changed, in addition to other safety measures to keep ammunition out of the hands of dangerous individuals.

“This is the time to take action on common sense measures that will save lives. We should be making it harder for those who want to inflict mass violence and destruction upon innocent people,” Inslee said. “By limiting magazine capacity and banning assault weapons, we can work toward a day where no one in Washington state loses a friend or family members to senseless gun violence.”

Ferguson and Inslee are proposing joint-request legislation to limit the capacity of magazines sold in Washington to 10-rounds.

The bill’s definition to assault weapons is similar to the definition used by the seven other states that have banned the sale of assault weapons — semi-automatic weapons that contain at least one military-style feature. Those laws have survived legal challenge.”

There’s also this stupid part of his proposal: “The bill makes it illegal for violent felons not legally allowed to buy guns to buy ammo, and prohibits firearms dealers from knowingly selling ammo to the or anyone else not legally allowed to buy a gun.”

Such a vague description of what a “military-style feature” is in this announcement. My guess is this feature:

Because we all know what the end goal is of gun-grabbers: Take away your guns.

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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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Socialist Seattle council member whines that massive budget isn’t enough to address racism

Socialist Kshama Sawant

This past week the Seattle City Council passed a $6.5 BILLION budget. With a population of approximately 745,000 that equates to a little over $8,700 taxpayer dollars to be spent per citizen.

Ballotpedia cites an April 2015 study which found that the country’s 100 largest cities by population spent an average of $2,605 per citizen in the most recent fiscal year for which reports were available. The average city budget in the largest 100 cities was $2.14 billion. Seattle was one of six cities which spent more per citizen on average than the states in which they are located.

Fast forward to 2019 and Seattle is still on track to break large-city budget records.

Earlier this month three Seattle council members were seeking re-election and they all won. Including socialist Kshama Sawant.

The socialist was the lone dissenting voice in approving the city’s new budget. Her reasoning?

The budget is “not a moral document.”

Apparently $6.5 BILLION doesn’t go far enough in addressing the social needs of the city and the “deep inequality and racism” in Seattle.

Odd how such a liberal and “progressive” city – which has been run by demorats for decades – could still possibly have a problem with inequality and racism.

Anyhow, back to Seattle’s budget.

As an “economist,” socialist Sawant should know a thing or two about financial documents. She says the $6.5 BILLION budget still “fails to meet human needs.”

The socialist is intent on squeezing more money out of taxpayers: “I don’t want us to rest on our laurels, and I hope that when January comes around, we will get back to serious organizing to win taxes on big business, to win rent control, and to make this city affordable and livable for everybody.”

As an “economist,” I wonder how she calculates how much money is necessary to address subjective and unquantifiable budget line items such as racism and inequality?

And what budget line items does she want include to make sure than “human needs” are met? After all, can’t a progressive subjectively make an argument for anything their hearts desire (and that which gets them votes) be proclaimed as a human need?

Seattle progressives DESERVE everything they vote for (homelessness criminals, repeat offenders, etc.) They’ve all failed in economics as they haven’t learned one golden rule:

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