The city of Seattle, Washington, is holding elections for seven city council districts on November 5, 2019. This is a landmark election that could set the course for a whole new approach to dealing with crime and the overwhelming problem of homeless camped out all over Seattle. The Seattle crime rate is among the worst in the country and this is happening in what was once a mellow and slow-paced little city. If the timing turns out in Seattle’s favor, there should be a 60 Minutes feature on the Seattle homeless and crime issue coming out soon. For now, check out a video created by singer-songwriter Abby London. I am proud to have consulted and acted in this piece. It is simply called, Succession Seattle City Council, and riffs on the soundtrack to the HBO hit series, Succession. Here in Seattle, we can sure use a succession in seats at city council.
It was the dream of city leaders and developers to pursue a high-denstiy push to turn Seattle into a big city. But little planning went into facing the consequences. And when more and more homeless people chose Seattle to camp out in, the city’s response was confused and highly experimental. The plan was that there was no plan, at least no plan that responsibly took into account honest hard-working Seattle citizens. Sad to say this but the focus has been on trying out ways to accommodate anyone who showed up with a tent. Ill-concieved plans on shelters are offered. Free use of heroin is offered. And turning a blind eye to crime is offered. And, to top it off, if you dare to question any of this, you are labeled as some right-wing kook, or a NIMBY, by the local lefties. As for me, I’m a common sense independent and I think more people agree with me than with anyone dancing around pretending to be “progressive.” We here in Seattle need to get down to business and rethink things.
There is an undeniable problem with crime coming out of the homeless population that has been hitting cities more than ever. It is not just a matter of a certain number of displaced people in an emergency situation. It is, to be honest, a mass of infiltrators who have taken advantage of the system. On the west coast in the U.S. alone, it is common knowledge among the criminal element to join in among all the tents camped out in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle. What makes this all the more frustrating is that city government and city prosecutors have adopted a lenient approach where people are not arrested, or serve only a few days in jail, for drug use or what is considered petty crime. I can say more and perhaps I need to say more to do my part in helping to tamp down on the leftist local media rhetoric. Anyway, as I say, I’m a common sense independent. We all need to take things one step at a time, be smart, and vote!