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Rantz: Aggressive homeless threaten Seahawks tailgating at ‘Hawks Alley’

Sep 19, 2019, 5:49 AM

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(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

If you’re looking to enjoy some tailgating at “Hawks Alley” right before this weekend’s Seahawks game, you’re likely going to compete with homeless tents and dilapidated RVs for the space.

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According to KOMO TV, the space is overrun with homeless individuals that, even after cleanups, quickly return. And they’re aggressive; threatening employees of nearby businesses.

“We’ve had issues with employees going about their business being threatened,” Erin Goodman, executive director of the SoDo Business Improvement Area, told KOMO’s Kara Kostanich.

There’s supposed to be a cleanup in the area, but it’s scheduled for after this weekend’s Seahawks game. KOMO reports the city won’t move the date due to staffing issues. If the homeless are as aggressive during game day as they are during a normal weekday, it could be a dangerous situation for fans trying to enjoy the game.

Despite constantly proclaiming we have a homelessness emergency, the city of Seattle continues to drag its feet on enacting the policies that will actually help get people off the street and into shelters.

Instead of following a successful Marysville model, the city is hamstrung by council members like Lisa Herbold and Kshama Sawant. Herbold tries to slow Navigation Teams from completing their work, even trying to cut their staff during budget talks (then lying about it). Sawant leaks cleanup schedules to activists so they can stop the work from being done.

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Meanwhile, the homeless aren’t getting the help they need and the issue is made worse by prolific offenders that continue to wreak havoc on our communities.

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