Rantz: Seattle Councilmembers are trying to defund the police again

Nov 20, 2022, 3:00 PM
Despite a rise in crime, some on the City Council - including Teresa Mosqueda - are trying to defun...
Despite a rise in crime, some on the City Council - including Teresa Mosqueda - are trying to defund the Seattle Police Department again. (Matt Pitman/File image)
(Matt Pitman/File image)

Despite a rise in crime, some on the City Council are trying to defund the Seattle Police Department again. Too bad it’s getting scant or disingenuous coverage.

The council is currently debating Mayor Bruce Harrell’s budget. Anti-police councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, who once defended a man threatening to murder police, is looking to cut funds from the SPD permanently. She just doesn’t want you to realize it’s part of the defund movement.

Harrell’s budget temporarily cuts $11 million dollars from the budget. The money would have been used to fill 200 open staff positions, but it was cut to fund only 120. The SPD is dangerously understaffed, so why would they cut the budget?

Rantz: After Seattle principal stonewalled police, suspect allegedly assaulted two victims

Temporary cuts could go permanent if Mosqueda has her way

Normally, this would be foolish. But thanks to the virulently anti-police council, it will be impossible to fill the open positions. The department has already lost roughly 500 police since the Black Lives Matter riots and protests. They’ll be lucky to hire the 120 they’re budgeting for.

The budget maneuver is short-term; Harrell does not intend to defund the police. It helps mitigate the potentially crippling $220 million dollar budget shortfall the city is facing due to spending outside its means.

But Mosqueda does not want the cut to be temporary. Her amendment permanently cuts the funding in future budgets. She wants you to think this is reasonable and not in line with her previous successful efforts to defund the police.

“Again, this is not a policy shift or opining on the number of officers,” Mosqueda said this week. “This continues the policy that the mayor’s budget transmitted to ensure that funding is available in the general fund and that the department retains positions and salaries as they’ve defined.”

Actually, it is effectively a policy shift.

Mosqueda’s goal is to defund Seattle police

The amendment would mean that a Council, already filled with anti-police activists, would decide to fund more police officers when the time comes that police want to work for the city again. Mosqueda, along with councilmembers Lisa Herbold, Kshama Sawant, Dan Strauss, and Andrew Lewis, have worked to keep the SPD small so they can invest in ineffective community programs that go to nonprofits and activists that help keep them in office.

Lewis has changed his tune on policing, and seems genuine in understanding his previous positions hurt the city. Herbold and Strauss have changed their tone somewhat, but it’s for political benefit. Sawant openly hates cops.

Councilmembers Alex Pedersen, Sarah Nelson, and sometimes Debora Juarez have taken reasonable views on policing and the budget. But they might not be able to convince other councilmembers to refund the SPD, especially given there will always be competing left-wing programs or initiatives to fund. Indeed, Mosqueda wants $1.5 million in extra funding to provide taxpayer funded abortions, despite knowing there’s an enourmous budget shortfall.

Rantz: Seattle councilmember Teresa Mosqueda defends gang graffiti as ‘unsolicited creative expression’

Mosqueda is the new anti-police Queen Bee

While Seattle Police Officers Guild president Officer Mike Solan doesn’t want to lose any funding, even temporarily, he backs Harrell. And he’s concerned that Mosqueda could win this fight.

“Mosqueda is somebody that will continue to push the activist agenda,” Solan exclusively told the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH. “And it all comes down to money, period, hands down. How can they get their hands on more millions of dollars for their own activist agenda? And it’s quite clear that the rift between the council and the mayor’s office is real. But I would side with the mayor’s office every day and twice on Sunday against the likes of Mosqueda, who continues to malign and throw police officers under the bus for her own political activist agenda.”

Mosqueda has become the new public head of the council’s anti-cop wing. Sawant used to be the council’s leading voice to smear cops. While her views on cops has not changed, she has not taken the lead of late. The media has tired of her and she has alienated her colleagues with a toxic personality and near-exclusive focus on her personal brand.

The council will debate the amendments on Nov. 21. They will finalize the budget with a vote on Nov. 29.

Listen to the Jason Rantz Show on weekday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on KTTH 770 AM (HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast. Follow @JasonRantz on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook. Check back frequently for more news and analysis.

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-6pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

Jason Rantz

Schools threat police pursuit...
Frank Sumrall

Mother blames police pursuit law for death of daughter

"If the man was able to be pursued and get caught, then he could have been in jail where he belonged," Goldade said.
15 hours ago
Frank Sumrall

SPOG President: SPD is the ‘most accountable agency, bar none’

But allegations of unnecessary force by the (SPD) were down 61% in 2021 compared to 2020, a trend that has continued through 2023.
15 hours ago
capital gains tax...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Dems defend WA Supreme Court’s racist capital gains tax ruling

The activist Washington State Supreme Court majority redefined the capital gains tax to fit their left-wing, racist ideology.
2 days ago
Democrat bill...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Bill by WA Democrats releases scores of murderers from jail early

The bill allows the newly formed CPB to give early release to dangerous murderers who haven't finished their sentences.
4 days ago
capital gains tax...
Frank Sumrall

Lawyer: WA Supreme Court has ‘convoluted opinion’ over capital gains tax

The capital gains tax, signed last year by Gov. Jay Inslee, went into effect in Jan. 2022, before it was stopped by lawsuits.
7 days ago
drive-by shootings...
Jason Rantz Show

Rise in drive-by shootings a concern for WA State Patrol

There have been a dozen drive-by shootings in King County so far this year. That's about one a week. Troopers do not know if they are connected.
8 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Compassion International...

Brock Huard and Friends Rally Around The Fight for First Campaign

Professional athletes are teaming up to prevent infant mortality and empower women at risk in communities facing severe poverty.
Emergency Preparedness...

Prepare for the next disaster at the Emergency Preparedness Conference

Being prepared before the next emergency arrives is key to preserving businesses and organizations of many kinds.
SHIBA volunteer...

Volunteer to help people understand their Medicare options!

If you’re retired or getting ready to retire and looking for new ways to stay active, becoming a SHIBA volunteer could be for you!
safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.
Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Rantz: Seattle Councilmembers are trying to defund the police again