Seattle’s still waiting on a plan for public safety…
August 16, 2021
Where is the plan?
How many times will we have to ask before we get an answer?
We have been calling for Seattle city leaders leaders to show us a plan for how they’re going to restore public safety. Time has passed and still no leadership. Other voices have taken up the call as well:
Chief Carmen Best: Where is Seattle’s plan to address crime and prioritize public safety?
“To make progress on these issues, public safety must be a priority, which means it is past time for a real plan.”
Rachel Smith, CEO, Seattle Metro Chamber: Seattle’s economy cannot recover without a plan for public safety
“We are anxious for a plan from elected leaders to address safety challenges well beyond this recovery period. A plan with goals and accountability measures built in.”
Danny Westneat: How the City Council left Seattle in a no man’s land on crime
“She’s right on this one, too: It was predictable that the rhetoric about defunding the police by half, embraced last year by a majority of the City Council, could easily lead Seattle to where it sits today.
Which is without any coherent plan to address the worst spate of gun violence in recent memory.”
US District Judge James Robart: Federal judge to Seattle officials: ‘Too much knee-jerk, not enough forethought’ on police reform
“The city, the mayor and other elected officials from the City Council need to be constructive, not destructive, to progress.”
Seattle Times Editorial Board: In the Aug. 3 primary, voters should choose candidates to lift Seattle to better days
“The city needs strong policy shifts, not resources spread into the same services and hoping for different outcomes.”
If candidates aren’t talking about their plan to restore public safety this fall, then they are a vote for the status quo and they clearly haven’t been reading the room.
We’ve been asking for months with no clear answers in sight, so we’ll ask again: where is the plan for public safety?