The City of Seattle does not have a handle on its priorities — that much is crystal clear. But, perhaps no other controversy highlights the city’s misplaced priorities than analyzing the difference between the city’s reaction to two very different clean-up efforts.
West Seattle’s Ercolini Park is a favorite place for many families to bring their kids. A big reason for that is due to toys parents have donated to the park.
Parents have left toys at the park to be used by anybody. Over the past few years, a community toy box has been created — kids love it.
Well, a few months ago someone tripped over a toy and made a complaint to the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department.
The city responded by sending city parks crews to remove most of the toys. The city has “cleaned up” the toys twice over the past month.
Understandably, parents became angry at the over-the-top reaction to a complaint. They have launched an online petition asking the city to stop taking the toys away and discuss a compromise.
City officials claim that they removed old or broken toys, leaving many behind. However, parents insist that most toys taken away were in good condition. Families replenished the toys since the removals, maintaining the toys do not cause any problems.
Now, let’s take a look at the city’s response to the clean-up efforts of “The Jungle.”
Seattle Public Utilities pointed out the hazardous problem of sanitation brought on by the illegal homeless encampment under I-5. Essentially, it’s an issue that involves the wellbeing of the people who have encamped in The Jungle. So, the city announced it would work with the Union Gospel Mission to clean up the encampment and take care of those in need.
However, for bizarre reasons, far-Left activists demanded a stop to the city’s clean up of The Jungle. And, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has buckled under the pressure.
In fact, the Seattle City Council — under the leadership of Council member Sally Bagshaw and with the assent of Murray — passed a resolution slowing down the clean up of The Jungle. So, that’s exactly what has happened.
Now, homeless people who were evacuated are moving back in.
Clearing toys out of a local park because someone allegedly tripped, that’s something the city has no problem doing. Clearing out homeless people who need help from unsanitary living conditions, that’s where the city draws the line.
Only in liberal Seattle.