1 - As pertains to the City of Seattle, Position 8 at large.
We must stop the transformation of the City of Seattle into a broken-down, impoverished, crime-ridden and drug infested ghetto.
2 - Residents are leaving Seattle:
It is estimated through various metrics that 2020 was the year in which Seattle experienced a net population decline of 26,000 households. That comes out to about 52,000 persons or about 7% of the population. Some say it is a lot more, but this is the estimate based on postal records.
3 - No surrender to the drug trade and the drug cartels:
The drug trade that penetrates our neighborhoods is the bottom of a very well-developed international business with powerful political allies. Legalization and decriminalization of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, and other hard-core drugs is a surrender to this international business which does not have the same interests as our Seattle residents. There must be no surrender to the drug trade and the drug cartels.
4 - The homeless and tent situation in Seattle is increasingly becoming an open-air concentration camp of dying drug/alcohol substance abusers, the mentally ill, and the poor.
There is nothing compassionate about letting the addicts, the mentally ill, and the poor die in the streets. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal over one billion dollars is spent every year in the Seattle metropolitan area to deal with the homeless problem. Despite this, the homeless problem gets worse. Ultimately the homeless must be moved off the streets and into emergency transitional facilities where individuals are screened, their problems defined, and then forwarded into either drug/alcohol substance abuse treatment, psychological care, and work counseling.
These emergency transitional facilities could be constructed on vacant Seattle City property, preferably in industrial areas, with dedicated free bus lines to the downtown core so that those in the shelters can find work. In San Diego, such shelters were constructed for 1,000 persons at the cost of $4.5 million. Permanent housing first, without preconditions, is expensive and has not worked. In concert with emergency transitional shelters, city ordinances prohibiting the occupation of public areas by tents and the homeless must be enforced along with zero tolerance for anti-social behavior.
5 - Law enforcement, our last line of defense, is being defunded.
I live in a nice neighborhood just North of Northgate Mall. A neighbor’s sister-in-law’s beauty store nearby was ransacked by vandals. The Seattle Police were called and said that unless violence and weapons were involved, they did not have the staff to investigate. This is happening all over Seattle, and a state of increasing lawlessness is taking over the City. In this context the Seattle City Council voted to defund the police, rather than increase its budget to meet Seattle’s increased law enforcement needs and responsibilities. For that reason alone, the current occupant of Position 8 on the Seattle City Council needs to be replaced. Maintaining a fully funded public safety service delivery system, which involves the coordination of the Seattle Police Department, the Fire Department, First Responders, and Human Services Providers is my first priority.
6 - The incredible potential of Seattle as a science-technology-manufacturing hub is not being appreciated.
The future of the Seattle area rests on building an advanced 21st century science-technology-manufacturing hub for the world. The core of Seattle’s productive potential is in its manufacturing and technology base. It is the Seattle area’s unique combination of a deep-water port, relatively low-cost electricity, and generations of highly skilled labor which has made Seattle the premier Aerospace manufacturing hub in the world. The Seattle area must keep Boeing because it is the base of a 250,000-area job sector with 1,300 firms supplying the world aerospace market.
Along with the aerospace sector, Seattle is a premier scientific research center from which much manufacturing spin-offs could emerge. The future is in the next scientific revolutions in physics, biology, chemistry, and space, and the Seattle area has all the advantages to be a part of that.
Unfortunately, the transformation of Seattle into a place where homelessness, crime, and drugs proliferate will impact the ability to realize this future.
I love Seattle and I want a better future, and I know you do too. Use me to help bring that about.