DORI MONSON

Dori: We are beginning to take back the Seattle region

May 3, 2018, 6:12 PM
town hall...
Ballard residents hold signs that read "Listen to us!" during a town hall meeting April 2. (Hanna Scott/KIRO Radio)
(Hanna Scott/KIRO Radio)
LISTEN: Dori: We are taking back the region

The revolution has begun. The pendulum is swinging back.

RELATED: Seattle head tax will fund labor unions, drug addicts

The further left we got, the more out-of-control this region got. And it’s a natural extension of things, because eventually you run out of money. And when you seek money for the sake of expanding government instead of for the sake of helping human lives, you run into the problems we have in this region — you have the sad plight of homeless people everywhere who do not want help.

You try to offer them all the services you can, but all you get in return is car prowls, home invasions, and addicts shooting up on the street. And it all came to a head last night at a Ballard town hall meeting.

This was quite the scene. People turned out en masse, including many of our listeners. I don’t know that I have seen a more out-of-touch politician than Councilmember Mike O’Brien in my life;  there is a strong movement to recall him. He was smarmy, he was full of lies, and he was actually laughing at people when they were presenting legitimate problems and complaints. Mike O’Brien arrogantly stood in front of the crowd and said to “call 911” if we witness a crime. But we all know what happens if we call 911 — absolutely nothing. Because this is the city’s response to crime.

The reason this is an epidemic is not a lack of your tax dollars. It is because we have extreme leftists who have decided they want Puget Sound to be the drug capital of the United States. They have decriminalized drug use and, of course, the result is that we are attracting heroin addicts from all around the country. And sadly, when we do the homeless sweeps, the addicts don’t want to go into treatment.  So, what do we do? We tell them, “We’ll give you a roof over your head anyway, and we will let you smoke crack in taxpayer-funded little houses.”

This is not a solvable problem as long as we have politicians like Mike O’Brien, Kshama Sawant, Debora Juarez, Rob Johnson. And Jenny Durkan, who remains MIA on all of this and won’t answer anything.

Something has happened in the last 24 hours. It is normal people who are taking the lead on this. My heart is bursting out of my chest. I can’t remember the last time I felt so proud in a 24-hour period.

Ballard resident tells what happened at town hall

Ballard resident Erika Nagy, who has previously spoken to our show about her efforts to hold Mike O’Brien accountable, told us that last night’s meeting was “a turning point.”

“People have been afraid to speak their minds because immediately you’re called a NIMBY, you’re called racist … a lot of folks are afraid to have different opinions because, literally, you’re dealing with insanity,” Nagy said.

These accusations of name-calling have been backed up by other Seattle residents; Seattle Times contributor Alex Berezow told us on Monday that he was compared to the Nazis by Councilmember Debora Juarez for suggesting that drug addicts be forced into treatment facilities. One person at Wednesday night’s town hall even called Amazon ISIS.

Although yesterday’s meeting was originally planned as a town hall, shortly before the scheduled date, attendees were told that O’Brien would be giving a talk without open dialogue instead.

“Frankly, he wanted it to be a PowerPoint presentation about all these lovely things that they’re doing — which, in fact, are not happening,” Nagy said.

Shortly into the meeting, however, the crowd became so vocal that O’Brien was forced to engage with constituents, according to Nagy.

The additional $75 million that the city is asking for in its business head tax to fight homelessness is “a complete sham,” Nagy said. She pointed out that no one from the city has been clear about who will receive the funds, or what has been done with money already collected. As we know, Seattle currently spends more money per homeless person than any other American city.

“The resources are not going to the people who actually need it,” Nagy said. “The resources are going to fund the poverty pimps like SHARE (Seattle Housing and Resource Effort) and all those other outfits that are lining their pockets.”

Nagy compared O’Brien to a CEO reporting at a board meeting that his company is bringing in no money, but asking for more chances.

“None of this works in real life, but somehow, we as taxpayers are supposed to think this is normal,” she said.

Still, the strength of the crowd at last night’s groundbreaking town hall has Nagy feeling positive about the coming days.

“People are waking up … and we are not going to tolerate it,” she said.

Dori Monson on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dori monsonTune in to KIRO Newsradio weekdays at 12 noon for The Dori Monson Show.

Dori Monson Show

Dori Monson

The AI chatbots have drawn increased interest during the global virus pandemic, which has led to a ...
Dori Monson Show

Dori: Google engineer explains how AI chatbot shows sentient side, might have a soul

Cognitive and computer science expert Blake Lemoine boldly told his employer that the machine showed a sentient side and might have a soul.
3 days ago
Follow @http://www.twitter.com/dorimonson...
Dori Monson

Dori: Parkland dad protecting preschool daughter during attempted carjacking gets shot in mouth

Adrenalin, parental instincts and lessons learned from his dad kicked into overdrive at the start of Matthew Phillips’s Father’s Day weekend when an attempted carjacker pulled a rifle on him and his 3-year-old daughter in Pierce County.
5 days ago
Photo by Samuel Corum...
Dori Monson

Dori: Local gun stores ‘busy as all get out’ as firearm debates rage nationwide

With two weeks to go before Washington state enacts tougher gun laws, at least one local firearms retailer says stores like hers are seeing “a buying rush.”
8 days ago
(Unsplash)...
Dori Monson

Dori: Bellingham dad upset with transgender books for preschoolers: ‘let kids be kids’

Bellingham parent Christopher Morris believes preschool should be a time of life when adults need to let “kids be kids.”
9 days ago
Photo by Noah Riffe...
Dori Monson

Dori: Seattle Police guild president calls slower response times a `crisis’ that local leaders ‘don’t grasp’

At a time when the number of police on Seattle streets keeps dropping and crime is rising, response times to life-threatening cases continue to climb
10 days ago
Footage from Ring camera showing a lit flare about to be thrown into the building after window was ...
Dori Monson Show

Dori: `Somebody tried to burn our building down,’ Olympia lawmaker says

Barkis said that “whoever did this had clear intent, clear motive ... these people had the intent of burning my building down.”
11 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Swedish Cyberknife 900x506...

June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s Why It’s Important To Speak About Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die five years earlier than women.
...

Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!
...

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]
...

Compassion International Is Determined to ‘Fill’ a Unique Type of Football ‘Stadium’

Compassion International SPONSORED — During this fall’s football season—and as the pandemic continues to impact the entire globe—one organization has been urging caring individuals to help it “fill” a unique type of “stadium” in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of many. Compassion International’s distinctive Fill the Stadium (FtS, fillthestadium.com) initiative provides […]
...

What are the Strongest, Greenest, Best Windows?

Lake Washington Windows & Doors SPONSORED — Fiberglass windows are an excellent choice for window replacement due to their fundamental strength and durability. There is no other type of window that lasts as long as fiberglass; so why go with anything else? Fiberglass windows are 8x stronger than vinyl, lower maintenance than wood, more thermally […]
...

COVID Vaccine is a Game-Changer for Keeping our Kids Healthy

Snohomish Health District SPONSORED — Cheers to the parents and guardians who keep their kids safe and healthy. The dad who cooks a meal with something green in it, even though he’s tired and drive-thru burgers were tempting. The mom who calms down the little one who loudly and resolutely does NOT want to brush […]
Dori: We are beginning to take back the Seattle region