Why I Oppose Mayor Durkan’s Choice For Human Services Director



The SHARE/Wheel scam continues.


Sawant complains about others' heavy-handed approach, yet she is not at all hesitant to use her role as committee chair in a similar manner.

Where are the other members of her committee or the City Council as a whole on this?


Hey lady, that study says it’s $2,200 to rent a house in King County, not an apartment.

Page 1.

It’d cost more in my neighborhood, but if I were to be sharing my two bedroom with someone else it’d fall under your definition of “affordable”.

Those brand new luxury units a block away, though...

It’s hard, I know ;[


"This nomination is about much more than an individual. It is about holding the political establishment accountable to workers and the community."

This is a good point. Why aren't city leaders--like Ms. Sawant--being held accountable for continually failing to make progress on homelessness? As Crosscut reported:

"The City of Seattle raised funding to fight homelessness to $63 million in 2018. Their 2018 funding plan projected 7,399 exits from homelessness, but many service organizations have been struggling to reach their minimum targets."


Does The Stranger have any photograph of Ms. Sawant in which she does not stare at the camera with the impassive certainty of someone who's never reconsidered anything?


oink oink


@5: Sawant probably demands they use this one every time she sends over something for them to publish.


Why should I care about what Comrade Sawant thinks on any issue? She doesn't represent my district. Hell... she doesn't even represent her district. She represents her un-elected "Central Committee".

Take a hike, Comrade. You and your "movement" are nothing but a fraud.

Enjoy spending raising all that special interest money for your re-election campaign. Fraud.


“SHARE and WHEEL are among the shelters that have repeatedly been put on the chopping block...“

What is SHARE/WHEEL’s record for moving residents of their shelters into permanent housing?

“...an establishment that both stymies efforts to fund new affordable housing and nickel-and-dimes homeless shelters.”

In August 2016, then-Mayor Murray advocated for a $290M housing levy, with the proceeds going to affordable housing. We voters enacted it. That hardly sounds like our establishment stopped efforts to build more affordable housing. What’s the status of that levy, CM Sawant?


If it ain’t a Luciferian pinko in office then let’s scream about it, as an appeal to the corporate-manufactured consensus opinion that leverages emotion.


I can't wait for Sawant's re-election. She didn't run for Mayor or a citywide council seat for a reason. She's irrelevant and incompetent.


@7- you keep saying things like this, about property taxes. The objective reality is that property taxes here are incredibly low- just 0.99%, not even the highest in this very low tax state. Everett, as an example, taxes at 1.098%. The highest tax rate exists in Bridgeport, Conn- at 3.88%


Hey Kshama! Why are you not participating in the Democracy Voucher Program? Instead opting to take piles of money from out of state donors. Because you don't give a shit about Seattle or the district you represent. You're the biggest fraud to hit Seattle since Clay Bennett.


Ultimately, as has been talked about before, it is not Kshama that is rejecting Jason Johnson.... It is the central committee of the Socialist Alternative political party.

That doesn't make Jason Johnson good. In fact, I am immediately suspicious of anyone appointed by Mayor Durkan. However, we now know that when Kshama Sawant speaks, she is not doing so on behalf of the people who elected her (myself included) but she is speaking on behalf of executive board of her party... most of whom do not live in the 3rd district.

It may be good that her party has directed her to oppose Jason Johnson, but that is not the point. The point is "Is this the right decision for the people she is supposed to be representing?"


@16- and by 'all the ppl' you mean the 1 comment, and the one reply? It is a terrible photograph- but if that is how the council member wants to be portrayed, that is fine.


at least you're hoping so...


No Kshama, this isn't about 'inclusiveness', 'diversity', 'transparency', or any of your other rubbish. This is all about the fact that if he becomes HSD, Jason Johnson is going to audit SHARE/WHEEL and show us once and for all just how big a grifter and poverty pimp Scott Morrow and company are.

We all know about the symbiotic relationship you and Scott have. He provides you with mobs of chanting, sign-waving, blockhead 'activists' to stuff your SCC meetings, and you make sure he gets lots of taxpayer money to 'wet his beak' with (old Mafia term).

This was a sweet gig while things were going good in the City, but people are waking up. They're sick and tired of hearing the Homeless-Industrial Complex bemoaning the fate of the 'poor helpless homeless people', as if this was 1933 redux, and they're all latter-day Tom Joads fleeing the Dust Bowl, seeking nothing more than work and dignity. People know now that narrative isn't jibing with the reality: a siege of zombie-like, drug-addled thieves, rapists, arsonists, and murderers. They're sick of their cars being broken into, their bikes stolen, and never getting their Amazon deliveries. They're sick of needles everywhere, and having every doorway and alley downtown reeking of piss, shit, and vomit.

It's over Kshama. Your 15 minutes are deffo up. If I were you, I'd be updating your resume.


Hahaha. Idiot Savant came to the "friendly" Stranger to summon her troops/comrades. Instead the comments, like her approval rating, are 99% against her. Don't let the door hit you on the back, as you finally exit our City political stage. Your 15 minutes of fame are waaaaay over! 😆


Shwarma should've sussed it out that her brand of red-banner waving, 'To the barricades, comrades' shtick was no longer flavor of the month when Seattleites finally lost patience with lefty clowns pulling 'sleeping dragon' traffic stoppages, and she definitely should've gotten a clue when her comrade Mike 'I heart vagrants' O'Brien bolted for the door.

I guess she has nowhere else to go, and her Socialist Alliance overlords know that if she's ousted this November, they'll never get again the influence they have now. Like Hitler in the Movie "Downfall", she's forced to play a lousy hand to the bitter end, surrounded by a dwindling coterie of sycophants.

Pull up a chair and fetch the popcorn; this is gonna be great!


If you can find only 34 angry people to speak out about a political decision in Seattle then it’s probably a pretty good decision.


Transparency? We need accountability and transparency in the funds being given to these organizations.

How can you oppose someone who has demonstrated the willingness to hold SHARE and LIHI accountable for their public funds?

Basically this has nothing to do with the nominee and all about the conitinuing theft of funds.


@13 what percentage of rent increase is the property tax? That’s the relevant question for renters. It’s totally irrelevant to hear that the $9000 property tax bill is 1% of the property value when the next tax increase, utilities, and cost of maintenance adds 10% to the rent bill.


You are still spouting out about what your constituents want? You have no constituents! You have party bosses and you report to them and them only. Go away and let a real Councilperson represent District 3. #7Up2019


"Fundamentally, though, the choice the other council members face on Monday is whether to respect and honor the voices of workers and the community, or to curry favor with the Mayor as she tries to ram through a neoliberal big business agenda in the face of our mounting housing affordability and homelessness crisis."

Thank you Kshama.

Giving us Ninety Percenters our Due is gonna be Painful to those who've always been satisfied with having Everything. (They surely do have A LOT of soon-to-be or temporarily-embarrassed Billionaires, more than willing to lend them a big Helping hand, do they not?!)


@27: Do you have any idea how much of the millions the taxpayers of Seattle have given to Scott Morrow and SHARE/WHEEL have actually been used to help the homeless?

Do you know how many people SHARE/WHEEL have gotten into permanent housing?

You don't. I don't either. No one does. This is because SHARE/WHEEL has repeated proven to be unable (or unwilling) to give the City the accounting for the money they receive THAT IS REQUIRED by the City.

TWICE the City has cut SHARE/WHEEL's funding.

TWICE Kshama Sawant has restored it.

Jason Johnson is going to audit SHARE/WHEEL, and if they're not meeting the City's requirement's they're going to be kicked to the curb.

This is why Scott Morrow and Kshama don't want Mr. Johnson confirmed. This is why they want a SHARE-approved toady hired in his place. They don't want anything to derail their gravy train.

This whole 'honor the voices of workers and the community' is a smokescreen; a bunch of pseudo-Marxist drivel to hide the fact they just don't want their pet hog (Morrow) to lose his spot at the trough.

And you're paying for it, buddy. Through sales taxes and property taxes that boost your rent.

Trust me, the 10% don't care. They can insulate themselves from the drug-crazed transients the SCCs policies attract like roaches to a stale Twinkie. The 10% don't use public amenities. There's no discarded needles or vagrants sleeping at the Seattle Tennis Club, and they're no tents in Broadmoor.

But if you don't want your money wasted, you need to let the Mayor's pick stand, or you can be another shill for the Homeless-Industrial Complex.

BTW, do you know just how much Sharon Lee of LIHI pays herself? Her compensation package is over $200k. Talk about doing well by doing good, eh?

And YOU'RE paying for it, chump.


"they're no tents in Broadmoor."

And they'rein lies the Problem...


@29: But there was the Licton Springs debacle, where SHARE inflicted shoot-up shacks — sorry, a “tiny house villiage” — on a working-class neighborhood. Hardworking homeowners found their yards used as urinals, and their children’s bicycles stolen for drug money. Are you proud of what the city and SHARE did to those working-class families? If so, keep shilling for Sawant.



".. shoot-up shacks — sorry, a 'tiny house villiage'... "

Okay. So where do you propose we might put our "shoot-up shacks," Tenser?

How 'bout nowhere? Does nowhere work for you?


Marxist clown. Vote her out!


Kapitalist Klowns, or Bust!


@31: I’d prefer the city take the money spent paying SHARE to be a slumlord, and instead spend it on actual treatment for persons who are homeless due to drug issues.

That was easy! Now, you answer my question: “Are you proud of what the city and SHARE did to those working-class families?”


When she ran against Conlin, y’all said the same shit. And she won anyway.

When she ran against Banks, y’all laughed your self righteous asses off, and howled about how she was doomed to lose. And she won anyway.

You’re all such fonts f fuckin* wisdom, so why do you lose every goddamn time?

So yeah, umm.. bring it on. Keep posting your bullshit, and we’ll keep winning anyway.


BREAKING NEWS: Sawant's resolution to block Jason Johnson's nomination FAILED in the SCC today, 3 to 5! (Voting yes: Sawant, O'Brien, Mosqueda. Voting no: Everyone with an IQ higher than guacamole).

This is in spite of the fact that Sawant, Scott Morrow and the rest of the Homeless-Industrial Complex pulled their now tired tactic of packing the Council chamber with the usual 'goon squad' of howling blockheads. Once upon a time, this would be enough to cow the Council, but not anymore. Sawant's little Commie Clown Show is old news, and apparently everyone but she knows it.

It's over, Kshama, you're officially irrelevant. There's a new Queen Bee in City Hall, and it ain't you.

Bye, Felicia. Time to hop on your broom and vamoose.


@36: Because a city-wide seat is totally the same as a district seat. Because Sawant could never, ever be considered the out-of-touch incumbent Conlin was. Because this is such a great year for incumbents to run for re-election to our City Council. Because yesterday is just like today!

(Oh, and you left out the part where she ran against Chopp...)

But back to the topic: should SHARE/WHEEL be audited?


@37: Damn skippy SHARE/WHEEL needs to be audited. What folks don't realize is that Seattle spends more per homeless person than any other major City. Remember Mayor Murray's near quarter-billion dollar homeless levy to build housing? What the hell happened to that? The Homeless-Industrial Complex is like Gen. Westmoreland in Vietnam; always saying, 'Just give us a few more million, and we can solve this thing!'

The problem with Seattle is for too long we figured once we voted to tax ourselves for something, the problem was solved. The problem is that we didn't bother to see if we had a real plan before we agreed to spend the money, and we didn't monitor the plan once it was under way. As a result, a jaw dropping amount of money has been wasted on duplicated efforts, ineffective and inefficient programs, and sometimes just plum 'disappeared' (see: SHARE/WHEEL).

We need to audit the providers and kick the ones who aren't performing to the curb. We need data-driven approaches that address the problems that make people homeless (hint: that means acknowledging the elephant in the room - DRUGS. it ain't housing costs, people. Most of our homeless are druggies, and as a result, unemployable. They can't afford an apartment at any price). We can't have programs that simply enable and warehouse the homeless (see: 'supervised' camps, shack villages, ANY form of 'low-barrier' housing, 'safe' injection sites).

Finally, we need to set our programs up so we stop being a 'magnet' for transients, drifters, and vagrants coming from all points of the compass. Seattle's taxpayers are paying enough for our home-grown homeless. We simply can't afford to be the region's (nation's?) 'Island of Misfit Toys'.


@38: I posed the question simply to drive away Sawant’s fanboy @36. SHARE should have been audited years ago. My primary question now is if anyone there can be prosecuted.

As for the housing levy, I asked about it @10, above.

One of the more annoying aspects of our civic dialog over homelessness, EHT, &c. is how few facts it contains. The City is already implementing the recommendations in the Poppe Report, most of which agree with what you’ve written; I’ve already seen improvements in my own neighborhood of Belltown.

Had the EHT survived, it would have provided revenue to failing service providers, thus interfering with implementation of the Poppe Report (which may have been the unstated intent of the EHT’s sponsors).