The City Deserves Answers on Public Safety Plans

Shots fired in Seattle are up 69% since 2013. Violent crime year to date is 11.7% higher than the running five-year average.

When in Columbia City two weeks ago, I saw police and aid cars streaming towards Rainier Playfield, sirens blaring. It was the second murder in a week on that playfield. I was stopped on the street and asked “what is the city going to do about this.” As a mayoral candidate, and a former mayor I have the ability to voice these community concerns. I resolved to do so.

We’ve had a great discussion over the past week about the chief’s absence and job-hunting during a dangerous escalation in violence in our city, but now we need to talk about the future and what the next mayor will do to address crime.

As Danny Westneat pointed out Wednesday, despite the multi-year rise in violent crime since 2013, despite the rise in shots fired, it turns out that I am the only candidate who has raised the issue.

At bottom, this is about the community. What is the plan for dealing with the rise in shootings?  Where is the mobilizing of community and city resources?

Crime is an issue that requires constant attention, community partnership and innovative approaches. I have laid out my public safety platform, building on my experience as mayor.

Our communities deserve a specific action plan from the sitting mayor, and from those who want to be mayor. Obfuscation and accusations of political theater are not an answer.

What is the plan for keeping our communities and our parks safe?