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  • Tourists attempting to visit Space Needle attacked by homeless man (Seattle)

    06/18/2018 7:27:35 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    KOMO News ^ | June 14, 2018 | Matt Markovich & Tammy Mutasa
    SEATTLE - A family from Arizona was attacked by a man from a homeless camp just as they parked to visit the Space Needle earlier this month. Details are just now being made public of the June 2 attack. Officers responded to a reports of a fight in progress in the parking lot next to the Wells Fargo Bank at 3rd Avenue and Denny Way, one block away from the Space Needle. There is an unsanctioned encampment with about a dozen tents along one-block stretch of 3rd Avenue, that has been growing over the last three months. Tourists often walk...
  • Fed Up in Seattle

    06/17/2018 3:09:10 PM PDT · by Angels27 · 33 replies
    Seattle City Journal ^ | 6-15-18 | Christopher F. Rufo
    Don’t believe the hype that “Amazon killed the Seattle head tax,” the new levy that the city recently passed on businesses to fund an affordable-housing initiative. The truth behind the city council’s stunning reversal—repealing the tax by a 7-2 vote, just four weeks after passing it 9-0—is that Seattle citizens have erupted in frustration against the city’s tax-and-spend political class that has failed to address the homelessness crisis, despite record new revenues. As recently as a few years ago, it seemed as if Seattle voters largely viewed our hyper-progressive city council as a harmless oddity in an otherwise tolerant, thriving,...
  • A Macy’s Goes From Mall Mainstay to Homeless Shelter (Alexandria, VA.)

    06/16/2018 6:03:13 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 34 replies
    NYT ^ | 6-13-18 | Michael Corkery
    At the vacant Macy’s in Alexandria, the Carpenter’s Shelter, a nonprofit group, moved into its temporary home last weekend, 15 months after the last shopper rang out. The former store now provides 60 beds, hot meals and showers for families and for single men and women who are having trouble finding a place to live in a city with a scarcity of affordable housing.
  • How NOT to Clean up a Homeless Camp

    06/14/2018 2:14:57 PM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 12 replies
    Crime Voice ^ | 6/14/18 | by Jim Emerson
    Somehow someone dubbed him “Jogger Joe.” He shows us how NOT to clean up a homeless camp. Some robberies seem to count more than others. A man faces a second-degree robbery charge—but not for first stealing a homeless person’s belongings. Nobody doubts he did that. His alleged crime is stealing a bystander’s phone. The bystander recorded him stealing (taking and discarding) the homeless person’s belongings. The suspect confessed to the phone robbery, according to the Oakland police. However, he wasn’t charged for robbing a homeless person. This is because a homeless person’s possessions are considered debris, rather than stolen property....
  • Seattle city council repeals "head tax" on city's big businesses

    06/12/2018 4:25:42 PM PDT · by hoagy62 · 14 replies
    KOMO.com ^ | 6/12/18 | AP and KOMO
    Seattle leaders on Tuesday repealed a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks after a backlash from businesses, a stark reversal from a month ago when the City Council unanimously approved the effort to combat a growing homelessness crisis. The council voted 7-2 after supporters and opponents packed a meeting with signs saying, "Tax Amazon, housing for all" and "No tax on jobs," with some shouting for more time to discuss the issue. The vote showed Amazon's ability to aggressively push back on government taxes, especially in its affluent hometown where it's the largest employer and where some...
  • Voluntarily vagrant, homeless youth a 'crusty' urban challenge

    06/12/2018 7:06:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 11, 2018 | Andrew O'Reilly
    From the parks of Berkeley to the streets of Brooklyn, and in most every large city in between, they have become an almost inescapable part of urban life. Known by many names – “crusty punks,” “crusties,” “gutter punks,” “crumb bums” and “dirty kids,” to list but a few – this group of young adults has rejected a more traditional 9-to-5 lifestyle in favor of train hopping, panhandling and voluntary homelessness.
  • Seattle Has Collected 42,000 Pounds Of Garbage Around Homeless Camps In Just 3 Weeks

    06/04/2018 7:54:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/04/2018 | John Sexton
    The Seattle Times reports that the city’s mayor is quietly trying to clean up homeless encampments and has so far collected 42,000 pounds of trash in just three weeks. But it seems efforts to break up vehicular encampments (people living in cars) are going about as well as could be expected: The program, which quietly started in mid-May, has resulted in the collection of almost 42,000 pounds of garbage and waste from cleanups around RVs and other vehicles parked in Sodo, Georgetown, Ballard and the Central District.But in the meantime, residents of these vans and RVs continue to play...
  • Underground bunker possibly used for human trafficking of children found in Tucson

    06/03/2018 9:26:50 PM PDT · by madison10 · 40 replies
    KGUN ^ | 5/31/2018 | Valerie Casavos
    TUCSON, Ariz. - A disturbing discovery near an abandoned plant off I-19. A documentary crew is shown an underground bunker believed to be used for human trafficking of children. Tucson Police tells us that they are not ruling out the possibility that it was used for human trafficking, but they say they believe the bunker is most likely being used as a homeless camp. Former Navy Seal Craig Sawyer is currently filming "Contraland" to expose the dark side of child sex slavery. Sawyer tells KGUN 9 a homeless advocacy group called his crew after they discovered the underground bunker --...
  • San Francisco Is Such A Dirty Dump The Tourism Industry Is Begging The City To Do Something

    05/29/2018 9:34:54 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 95 replies
    Natural News ^ | May 28, 2018 | Jayson Veley
    If what radical leftists and environmentalists say about conservatives is true - that they don’t care about the environment and that they are polluting the entire world - then it would seem that more conservative areas of the country like Texas and the Midwest would essentially be gigantic trash heaps. On the contrary, following that same logic, areas of the country that are controlled by leftists should be clean as a whistle. Why, then, are tourists currently begging the liberal city of San Francisco to clean up their streets? It's true - San Francisco is quickly turning into a dump,...
  • Starbucks Decides To Turn Its Cafes Into Homeless Shelters (COO Rosalind Brewer)

    05/23/2018 6:21:11 AM PDT · by blam · 64 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 5-23-2018 | Ed Straker
    When people go into a Starbucks, often the first thing they smell is roasting coffee. That's about to change. Starbucks, stung by phony charges of racism when two black men were arrested for camping out in a Starbucks without making a purchase, has changed its official policies. From now on, not only is anyone welcome to use a Starbucks bathroom without making a purchase, but the public is also welcome to come in and sit at tables and never buy anything. The implications of this are obvious. Some people will use tables as personal offices and never purchase anything....
  • Seattle Levies Head Tax on Jobs [semi-satire]

    05/21/2018 10:13:36 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 May 2018 | John Semmens
    In a bid to discourage what it alleges is "wage slavery," the Seattle City Council voted to levy an annual tax of $275 on each person employed in the City by companies grossing $20 million or more. The originally proposed tax rate of $500 was reduced after Mayor Jenny Durkan threatened a veto. Council member Kshama Sawant says he is disappointed the tax isn't higher. "Man's preferred state is leisure," he said. "Forcing people to give up their leisure in order to obtain the means needed to survive is a crime against humanity. The $500 levy was an opening bid...
  • New Starbucks policy: No purchase needed to sit in cafes

    05/19/2018 2:41:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 80 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2018 2:20 PM | Joseph Pisani
    Starbucks announced a new policy Saturday that allows anyone to sit in its cafés or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything. The new policy comes five weeks after two black men who hadn’t bought anything were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks. Company executives have said its previous policies were loose and ambiguous, leaving decisions on whether people could sit in its stores or use the restroom up to store managers. […] The company said anyone can use its cafés, patios or restrooms without buying anything, but it noted workers should still call the police if someone is...
  • How Seattle’s New Tax to Fight Homelessness Could Ruin its Economy

    05/18/2018 7:03:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Fortune ^ | 05/18/2018 | Travish Brown
    In a shortsighted effort to fight homelessness, Seattle’s city council has approved a new employee “head tax” on companies based in the city. The policy pits growth and progress against each other in a zero-sum game that will do far more harm than good. The head tax is exactly what it sounds like: a straight levy of $0.14 per hour per employee—about $275 a year for a full-time worker—targeting every business in Seattle with revenues of $20 million or more. The proposal’s backers aim to raise around $48 million per year to fund various affordable housing initiatives in order to...
  • Seattle’s Socialist City Council Punishes Amazon and Starbucks to Help Homeless…Liberals aren't as..

    05/17/2018 8:52:26 AM PDT · by davikkm · 17 replies
    IWB ^ | Bob Shanahan
    On Tuesday, I wrote about the spike in homelessness on the West Coast and the insurmountable problem politicians face in tackling this troubling issue. There is no clear cut solution, but something needs to be done. California has an astonishing 24 percent of the country’s homeless population. More than 10 cities and counties along the West Coast have declared states of emergency due to the rise of homelessness. Seattle, Washington was one of them. The socialists on Seattle’s City Council passed a head tax on big companies like Amazon and Starbucks to address the homeless crisis. By Legacy Research The...
  • Amazon Fights Back

    05/16/2018 7:10:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 16, 2018 | John Stossel
    Seattle is worried about the well-being of the poor and mentally ill people living there, so it's going to drive businesses out of town. OK, that's not how the politicians describe their plan, but that's probably how it will work out. Members of Seattle's city council want all big Seattle businesses to pay a tax of $500 per employee. In response, Amazon stopped building a new complex. Construction workers joined Amazon in protesting the new tax. On the other side are city council members like Kshama Sawant. She and members of her political party, Socialist Alternative, demonstrated in support of...
  • Seattle OKs taxing companies like Amazon to aid the homeless

    05/15/2018 10:43:32 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 38 replies
    AP ^ | 5 15 2018 | PHUONG LE
    Seattle’s largest businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks will have to pay a new tax to help fund homeless services and affordable housing under a measure approved by city leaders. The City Council unanimously passed a compromise plan Monday that taxes businesses making at least $20 million in gross revenues about $275 per full-time worker each year — lower than the $500 per worker initially proposed. The so-called “head tax” would raise roughly $48 million a year to build new affordable housing units and provide emergency homeless services. Etc...
  • Seattle City Council votes 9-0 for scaled-down head tax on large employers

    05/14/2018 10:38:16 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 66 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 14May18 | Day & Beekman
    After a weekend of high-stakes negotiations between Seattle City Council members and Mayor Jenny Durkan, the council voted unanimously Monday to tax the city’s largest employers to help address homelessness. Starting next year, the tax will be $275 per employee, per year on for-profit companies that gross at least $20 million per year in the city — down from a $500-per-head proposal that Durkan threatened to veto. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Having paused construction planning on an office tower over the larger proposal, Amazon now will move ahead with it, a spokesman said after the vote. But the company’s plans to occupy a...
  • Amazon reacts to Seattle head tax and ‘hostile’ rhetoric

    05/14/2018 6:24:04 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 40 replies
    Mynorthwest.com ^ | 5/14/18 | Mynorthwest.com
    Hours after the Seattle City Council passed a head tax on the city’s largest businesses Monday, Amazon issued a statement in response. The online shopping giant is grateful that the city amended its head tax proposal to a lesser amount, but notes that it is wary of city leaders’ attitudes toward business. Amazon’s statement is attributed to Vice President Drew Herdener: "We are disappointed by today’s city council decision to introduce a tax on jobs. While we have resumed construction planning for Block 18, we remain very apprehensive about the future created by the council’s hostile approach and rhetoric toward...
  • Seattle City Council votes 9-0 for scaled-down head tax on large employers

    05/14/2018 5:26:38 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 35 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 5/14/18 | Daniel Beekman
    The council approved a tax of $275 per employee, per year on for-profit companies that gross at least $20 million per year in the city — down from a $500-per-head tax Mayor Jenny Durkan had threatened to veto. The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to adopt a new tax on the city’s largest employers to help address homelessness. The ordinance will impose a tax of $275 per employee, per year on for-profit companies that gross at least $20 million per year in the city — down from a $500-per-head tax that Mayor Jenny Durkan threatened to veto. -snip- The...
  • Living in a Car on $800 a Month

    05/14/2018 4:02:24 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 43 replies
    woman lives in her car