commented on Civilian Watchdog to Seattle Police: Stop Telling Crime Victims to Meet with Burglars
@12, To some degree that's true. I hate seeing a few dozen cops sitting around messing up traffic at every ballgame when most of that job can be done by employees of the stadium. But even if we pulled all the cops off the other non essential stuff and off desk work we still wouldn't have the kind of coverage that any other city this size would normally have. Seattle police have been understaffed for decades. We were just lucky that most of that time didn't coincide with a meth/heroin epidemic.
commented on Seattle Rallies Around Beloved Ballard Resident Who Is Being Evicted
I don't really know Joel, but I know who he is and a little of his backstory.
Most people's first encounter with him is just this weird guy making loud unintelligible noises. It can be a little unnerving if you're not used to that sort of thing. I've seen young people mock him, old people avoid him out of fear, business owners patiently wait for him to leave, but really he's just this harmless dude who can't really communicate with most people. I'm not sure he's universally beloved, maybe he's more of an odd fixture in Ballard that most of us have just gotten used to. I hope he gets his home sorted out and can continue being that weird fixture around Ballard.
commented on "I Am Not Afraid of a Building"—Debora Juarez and Mike O'Brien Debate Privilege and Controversial New Police Station
@5, Tech peeps don't have that many kids so when you add in theirs, minus the ones that had to move because their parents aren't making tech peep money, and it's pretty much a wash.
...aaaaaanyway, yeah, we do have a lot of needs for stuff in this city (including more cops and a new cop shop) so we should look at the cost of this thing before moving forward, but move forward we must. ...just maybe a little scaled back so we can also pay some cops to work there.
commented on This New York Times Video of Trump Supporters is Disturbing
@13, It's not so much pointing out how awful the trump supporters can be as much as pointing out how much Trump whips them into this frenzy where they think it's ok to yell out these awful things in front of reporters and cameras. That's what is new and noteworthy here.
We've all seen or heard some crank say some crazy ass bullshit at some point, but this is the difference between some shitstain mumbling out the N word on the bus and a Klan rally.
commented on Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid Steps Down Following Poor Start to Season
Sigi isn't the sole reason the Sounders sucked this year. Neither is Obafemi's departure the sole cause. It's a combination of many things going in the wrong direction and no unifying force to overcome that and put the team back on course to winning matches. That's the role of the coach. Fix all the problems and get the team in shape to win. Sigi didn't do that this year. It can be argued that he hasn't really done that for the past few seasons either and just sat back letting his stars shine on autopilot.
Sigi did a lot of good work, but there comes a point where even a really good coach with a great record needs to go in order for the team to move forward. This is that time. Thanks Sigi, but it's time for a new coach and a new direction.
The Sounders are one of the richest teams and should be able to post results that reflect that.