More Olympia Problems
This is wild. Just minutes from Governor Jay Inslee’s (@GovInslee) Mansion and the Capitol Campus, workers at this Starbucks (@Starbucks, @StarbucksNews) on Martin Way say some nut job recently smashed the drive-thru screen with a golf club. So the store no longer allows indoor seating for safety reasons! Employees also say thefts along with smash and grabs are spiking in this strip mall with Hobby Lobby (@HobbyLobby) and several other chain stores. Meanwhile, a problematic homeless encampment next door on WSDOT (@WSDOT) property is exploding out of control. It’s been allowed to flourish since last year. It’s now packed with more than 30 tents and structures. Fires are also constantly breaking out at this camp. Many biz owners say they are confident it is the primary source of problems in the area. It also continues to attract drug dealers preying on fentanyl addicts. This is being allowed in Washington state’s capital. @candiomercer, what is going on in your hood?
Tale of Two Cities
Last month, I examined #Olympia‘s homeless crisis on @WSDOT properties. But the way @CityofLacey is responding VS @cityofolympia is like night and day. In other words, local jurisdictions can take control and lead the response.
I spent days in #Olympia talking to homeless men and women living in these encampments. Listen carefully to what they’re saying. This is not just a housing issue as CERTAIN POLITICIANS want you to believe.