Seattle the locals met the chef City Police Acting this week demanding solutions as homeless encampment at a local park has sparked growing security concerns - and an impending vaccine warrant is likely to exacerbate an already officer shortage existante that afflicts the neighborhood patrols.
Residents of the North Ballard / Crown Hill neighborhood held a meeting Tuesday with Acting Seattle Police Department Chief Adrian Diaz to discuss the increased cases of harassment, outdoor drug trafficking and use, break-ins and theft at local businesses, all associated with a homeless settlement in Ballard Commons Park, KOMO reported.
On Sunday, Seattle firefighters attempted to resuscitate a 56-year-old woman at the camp, but were unable to save her life. Diaz took part in the community walk, allowing residents to voice their frustrations as well after a fire ravaged the tents at the camp last month and several propane tanks exploded, KIRO reported.
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As of Tuesday, at least 765 Seattle police officers, or 84% of the force, had submitted their COVID - 19 information on vaccination as the impending deadline of October 18 approaches, ROI reported. About 100 agents request exemptions and 202 did not submit no proof of vaccination.
"This really frustrates me. I use kind words, okay? ", Local resident Rudy Pantoja, who arranged the meeting with Diaz, told KOMO, referring to his neighborhood homeless camp. " This is notnot fair. There are no consequences and I want them to be held accountable like everyone else. "
People are sleeping outside on asidewalk on April 6, 2020 in Seattle. (Photo by Karen Ducey / Images) (Karen Ducey / Images)
He said addiction and awareness services were also invited at the community walk, but they didn 't show up.
"What is it telling me is that these people didn ' t show up. not important, "Pantoja said. "We had someone who died at Ballard Commons Park. Who 's next?
Screams coming from the camp can be heard from the building opposite, where Monica Griggs lives. She said KOMO that as homeless women are frequently sexually assaulted, she finds herself with questions from her young son hearing their cries about what rape means.
"I think someone should be held responsible that we heargifts from screaming women "said Griggs. " I know what it is and my son asks me but I can't tell him what rape means. "
She also reacted to the most recent death of the homeless woman in medical distress on Sunday.
"This person, this human being can be saved - can be helped - but how do you help them if you Let 's live like this? "said Griggs. " Seattle is a wealthy city - that ' s unacceptable. "
The Seattle mayoral election is due in November. Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan, who is not running for a second term after a year of controversies over pandemic-era lockdowns, anti-police protests and a possible autonomous zone, said the Ballard Commons Park camp was on the city's priority list for removal. "but did not provide a timeline.
"I don't think you notice a sense of urgency when people need accommodationand that neighborhoods need to reclaim their parks and common spaces "mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell told KOMO . "We need to help these people but we also need to have a sense of urgency about how to do it. "
" I think the city needs to do two things "said the city council member. " Number one, they need to change the narrative and tell everyone the world that we are going to publish a plan, you can see the timelines, you can make sure that we are going in the right direction. And number two, do it. "
He wants at least 12% of the city's budget allocated to housing. Harrell proposes to have 1,000 housing units ready over the course of the first six months of 2022 and 2,000 units by the end of next year.
"We will release a plan," said Harrell. "We will show the timelines.in which we will strive to surpass ourselves. We will collect the money using existing taxes, we will work on more progressive taxes, and we will use philanthropic communities. We will start to build and solve the problem. "
His opponent, Lorena Gonzalez, openly opposed the police doing sweeps to remove the homeless from the settlements. homeless population of the city at a press conference three weeks ago, she told reporters Seattle must lobby Washington state and King County for more funding for health services mental.
"No one wants an encampment anywhere in town " said Gonzalez. "I will not, as mayor , forcibly remove people from a public space andplace the problem in another public space. "
Gonzalez estimates that the city needs 37,000 affordable housing units.
" It is our responsibility to provide individuals with service and housing that meet their needs, "she said. " This is not a one-size-fits-all approach. I think once we do that, people will accept these services and this accommodation. The problem right now is that we don't have enough shelter. "