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Encampment Fires Breakout in Seattle’s International District

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Super Bowl Sunday encampment inferno on @WSDOT property, victimizing #Chinatown-International District again. No sign of @CMTammyMorales coming out to support her district after recent string of homeless related fires. Where is @KC_RHA and Marc Dones? @MayorofSeattle @GovInslee @kcexec #Seattle

Suspected Meth Lab

Last Thursday, an explosion on @WSDOT property in #Chinatown-International District. Once again, @CMTammyMorales MIA. Auto body shop owner nearby is shocked @KC_RHA‘s Marc Dones says homeless will only be moved if “permanent housing solution” is available. #Seattle @MayorofSeattle

Massive Inferno

February 3rd another camp on @WSDOT property up in smoke in #Chinatown-International District. Notice a theme here? State ignores problems in this minority community. @CMTammyMorales MIA. Where is the equity lens for Asian Americans? #Seattle @GovInslee @KC_RHA

Tone Deaf

Parents raged on @KC_RHA CEO Marc Dones earlier in the week about lingering homeless encampments. Dones went on to say WA state law makers put in a funding requirement that says the homeless can only be moved if there is a “permanent housing solution.”

Mini Camps

Tents and structures remain in #Chinatown-International District on @wsdot property. Some have been here for more than year. Others popped up after massive 10th and Dearborn sweep a few months ago. @KC_RHA @GovInslee @WAStateCommerce @CMTammyMorales #Seattle

November 2022

@WSDOT Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar said, “When we see something starting, we get in and stop it.” Three months later, the structure he was referring to in #Chinatown-International District is still there. By the way, watch @GovInslee throw Roger under the bus.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.