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Inferno in SODO Homeless Encampment

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Late Saturday night, a massive inferno engulfed multiple tents inside the unsanctioned SODO homeless encampment near the Salvation Army shelter at 6th Ave & Airport Way S. This is the site of Dow Constantine’s (@kcexec) failed HOMELESS MEGAPLEX. He tried to ram the project through last year without consulting the surrounding #Chinatown-ID neighbors, but the community fought back and won. But the land is still being leased by King County and the illegal encampment continues to be a blight and danger to the community. What a drain on the good men and women of @SeattleFire. Another encampment fire in District 2 and no sign of MIA Councilmember Morales( @CMTammyMorales.) Where is Marc Dones and the @KC_RHA outreach? #Seattle @MayorofSeattle @GovInslee @seattlecouncil @KCCouncil

Multiple Drug Overdoses

Back in January, emergency crews saved a woman suspected of a fentanyl overdose in SODO at this same encampment. @weheartseattle was on scene as well trying to help. Drug use here is rampant. @MayorofSeattle @kcexec @GovInslee @KC_RHA @KCCouncil @SeattleCouncil #Seattle

Reminder of Ferocious Fight

Last October, at height of the HOMELESS MEGAPLEX battle, #Chinatown-ID accused Dow Constantine(@kcexec) of pitting Asian American seniors against the homeless. They said Dow’s false narrative caused a tremendous amount of conflict and confusion on the ground. But @weheartseattle and Andrea Suarez used long standing relationships with the homeless along with street cred to broker the peace. One of my favorite stories from 2022. #Seattle @MayorofSeattle @GovInslee @CMTammyMorales @SeattleCouncil @KCCouncil

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.