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Seattle residents this week met with the city’s interim police chief and called for solutions as a growing homeless camp in a local park raised security concerns — and an imminent vaccine mandate — already infested by neighborhood patrols. likely to worsen the deficiency.

Residents of the North Ballard/Crown Hill neighborhood held a meeting Tuesday with Adrian Diaz, interim chief of the Seattle Police Department, to discuss harassment, open-air drug behavior and use, and the increasing incidence of burglaries and burglaries at local businesses All of which were linked to one homeless. Camp at Ballard Commons Park, como informed of.

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On Sunday, Seattle Fire paramedics attempted to revive a 56-year-old woman in the tent but could not save her life. Diaz took part in a community walk that allowed residents to voice their frustrations after a fire last month engulfed a tent at the camp and exploded several propane tanks, kiro informed of.

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As of Tuesday, at least 765 Seattle police officers, or 84% of the force, had submitted their COVID-19 vaccination information, as the October 18 deadline approaches, King informed of. Some 100 officers want exemptions, and 202 have presented no proof of vaccination documentation.

“It really frustrates me. I’m using nice words, okay?” Rudy Pantoza, a resident who organized the meeting with Diaz, told Como, referring to the homeless camp in his neighborhood. “It’s not fair. It has no consequences and I want them to be held accountable just like everyone else.”

Addiction and outreach services were also invited to community walks, but they didn’t show up, he said.

“What this tells me is that these people don’t matter,” Pantoja said. “Someone of us died in Ballard Commons Park. Who’s next?”

Screams from the camp can be heard from across the street from the apartment building where resident Monica Griggs lives. He said como Since homeless women are often being sexually assaulted, her cries from her young son raise questions about what rape means.

“I think someone should be held accountable for the fact that we are hearing women screaming,” Griggs said. “I know what that is and my son is asking but I can’t tell him what rape means.”

He also reacted to the most recent death of a homeless woman in medical distress on Sunday.

“That person, that person can be saved – can be helped – but how are you going to help them if you allow them to live like this?” Griggs said. “Seattle is a prosperous city – that’s unacceptable.”

Seattle’s mayoral election is to be held this November. Democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan, who is not seeking a second term after a year of controversies related to pandemic-era lockdowns, anti-police protests and a final autonomous region, said Ballard Commons Park camp is on the city’s “priority list for removal”. is on. But a timeline is not provided.

“I don’t think you’re seeing a sense of urgency when people need to live and neighborhoods need their own parks and common space,” said mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell. como. “We have to help these people, but we also have to understand how we go about it.”

“I think the city has to do two things,” said the city council member. “Number one, they have to change the narrative and tell everyone that we’re going to publish a plan, you can see the deadline, you can be sure we’re headed in the right direction. And number two , actually do it.”

He wants at least 12% of the city’s budget to be allocated for housing. Harel proposes to build 1,000 units of housing within the first six months of 2022 and 2,000 units by the end of next year.

“We’ll publish a plan,” Harrell said. “We will show the time frame by which we will stand against ourselves. We will raise funds using existing taxes, we will work on more progressive taxes and we will use philanthropic communities. We will begin to carve our own way and treat the crisis “

Her rival, Lorena Gonzalez, has been vocal against police action to remove homeless people from camps. Revealing his plans to address the city’s homeless population at a news conference three weeks ago, he told reporters that Seattle needs to lobby the state of Washington and King County for more funding for mental health services.

“Nobody wants a camp anywhere in the city,” Gonzalez said. “I, as mayor, am not going to forcibly remove people from one public place and move the issue to another public place.”

Gonzalez estimates the city needs 37,000 affordable housing units.

“It is our responsibility to provide individuals with a service and accommodation that meets their needs,” she said. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all approach. I believe that once we do that, people will accept those services and that housing. The problem right now is that we don’t have enough shelter.” “