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Chinatown-ID Candidates Talk Defunding Police, Homelessness at Forum

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Like so many neighborhoods in #Seattle, the conversations around public safety and homelessness usually dominate candidate forums. Chinatown-ID is no exception. This Asian American community in D2 continues to deal with a disproportionate amount of problems related to these issues.

It’s evident what you will get under Councilmember Tammy Morales (@CMTammyMorales, @TammyMoralesSEA.) She’s pretty much doubling down on the same ideology and approach. Tanya Woo (@votetanyawoo) and Margaret Elisabeth (@MargaretForSCC) are the insurgent candidates.

Here’s the Q&A on HOMELESSNESS in FULL. *Check out the rest of this thread for other topics.

Public Safety

Varying viewpoints and takes on this issue. What’s working and what’s not for this neighborhood?

Police Accountability

Current D2 Councilmember Tammy Morales pledged to defund the police in 2020 during the “Summer of Love” in Seattle. That was a failed social experiment. During the height of ANTIFA/BLM riots, she also condoned looting and property damage that hurt mom and pop shops in Chinatown-ID, already facing Covid-19 fallout and a rise in Asian hate crimes.

Yes, No, Pass

This portion of the evening was really interesting. It was like a lightening round. No talking, just holding up signs to answer questions. Some of the topics: Defunding the police, sex work, and homeless encampment sweeps to name a few.

Future of Sound Transit

How will Chinatown-ID be impacted?

Affordable Housing and Gentrification

These issues are already impacting Chinatown-ID.