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For 66 years, Seattle’s downtown was separated from its waterfront by a hulking, double-decker viaduct. When it was blown up in 2019 over earthquake-safety concerns, the possibilities seemed endless. Now, construction is well underway on a 26-block, $700 million waterfront park. It promises to be an open space with stunning views of the Puget Sound and an agenda aimed at dismantling racism.
Friends of Waterfront Park is a nonprofit tasked with raising $100 million for construction and then managing the park’s entertainment and security. On its website it touts “Friends of Waterfront Seattle acknowledges that historic and existing systemic racism is embedded in our city.” It also states “the goal is to create inclusive spaces for community driven cultural events … where all people … specifically Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) as well as underserved communities feel welcome and safe.”
Freelance writer Liz Economou sent her resume in for the marketing director job. But when she asked for current examples of embedded racism, she never heard back. Economou then looked at the descriptions of all the job openings at Friends of Waterfront Seattle and was surprised. Among the responsibilities were “engage in regular conversations about race and equity through all-staff meetings, trainings and a DEI (Diversity Equity Inclusion) book club.”
“I didn’t want it at all,” said Economou, “I want a job based on meritocracy, based on what I can contribute, not based on whether I’m woke enough.”
Friends of Waterfront Seattle responded, “We hire candidates based on their skills, experience and qualifications.”
But Friends’ “wokeness” is already on display. Before the beautiful views at Pier 62, park-goers are greeted by a huge fence sign that talks about past discrimination faced by dockworkers in Seattle. Around the railing are small signs featuring hand-picked artists. A photographer says his pictures reflect the “ongoing history of interactions between the colonizer and the colonized.” Another artist says he sees “a solemn future, fortified by the grief and loss of our natural world.”
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ILLNESS IN SEATTLE: Police Officer Sues City for $10 MILLION for Exposure to ‘Toxins’ at Homeless Camp
A Seattle Police Officer filed a lawsuit against the city this week; claiming he was exposed to “toxins” and other hazardous material while cleaning up a homeless camp in an industrial park.
“Timothy Gifford claims he was exposed to high concentrations of the toxic chemical compounds polychlorinated biphenyls, (PCBs) that were once widely used in electrical equipment such as capacitors and transformers, according to The Seattle Times,” reports Fox News. “Gifford says the exposure worsened a lifelong liver condition, causing him to be diagnosed with early-onset Type 2 diabetes.”
“The exposure to these toxins damaged his already susceptible liver even further,” his lawyer said
The City of Seattle now spends more than $100,000 per homeless person as the region struggles to clampdown on widespread crime and drug use.
“The richest man in America calls Seattle home. So do thousands of others who are forced onto the streets because they are too poor, too addicted or too detached from reality. At night, the city’s homeless sleep wherever they can — in tents crammed in parking garages, in parks or under highway overpasses. Some feel victimized by a society that has moved on without them,” reports Fox News.
“Like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, Ore., Seattle’s homeless crisis didn’t happen overnight. Little by little, the city has succumbed to skyrocketing housing prices, rampant drug use and progressive policies that have made it easy for people to openly feed their addictions and commit crimes and that have made it hard for the mentally ill to get treatment,” adds Fox.
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I QUIT: Seattle Police Chief Resigns after City Council Slashes Budget, Cuts 100 Officers from Payroll
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best resigned this week after the City Council voted to slash her department’s budget and lay-off roughly 100 officers as the region struggles to crackdown on crime and ongoing protests.
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“I wanted you to hear this from me, but some media have reached this conclusion on their own,” she wrote. “This was a difficult decision for me, but when it’s time, it’s time.”
“The Seattle City Council also cut Best’s roughly $285,000 annual salary and the pay of other top police leaders, although the final cuts to Best’s salary were significantly more modest than those approved last week. The council plan also takes officers off a team that removes homeless camps,” reports Fox News.
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