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Burien Mayor Calls Out King County Leaders for Homelessness and Drug Crisis


Thursday Morning Press Conference

In a public show of force, Burien Mayor Kevin Schilling blasted King County Executive Dow Constantine and Sheriff Patty Cole-Tindall, accusing them of allowing the homeless drug crisis to get worse on his streets.

Schilling also claims Cole-Tindall is refusing to return calls or meet in person.

During the Thursday morning press conference, business owners also unloaded their frustrations. Some are planning to pack up and leave the city if conditions do not improve. The downtown core is littered with tents and there’s also a massive encampment next to the courthouse. Both sides remain far apart in nasty litigation over the city’s public camping ordinance. The sheriff’s office believes it’s unconstitutional and won’t enforce it. But Burien says that’s a breach of contract.

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.