City council candidate Christopher Rufo takes on homelessness in upcoming public event

Christopher Rufo, the man challenging Mike O’Brien for his seat in city council, will soon host a community forum about his campaign and his research on Seattle homelessness.

Rufo recently wrote a policy paper that was published in City Journal, “Seattle Under Siege: How Seattle’s Homelessness Policy Perpetuates the Crisis and How We Can Fix It,” which he plans to discuss at the meeting. The article is the result of a year’s worth of research that aimed to understand how the city is handling homelessness.

From Rufo’s paper:

As I delved into the story, I discovered that the real battle isn’t being waged in the tents, under the bridges, or in the corridors of City Hall. Rather, there’s a deeper, ideological war that’s currently being won by a loose alliance of four major power centers: the socialist intellectuals, the compassion brigades, the homeless-industrial complex, and the addiction evangelists. Together, these four groups have framed the political debate, diverted hundreds of millions of dollars towards favored projects, and recruited a large phalanx of well-intentioned voters who have bought into the “politics of unlimited compassion.”

The community forum is planned for Thursday, December 6, from 6pm to 8pm at GenCare Lifestyle in the Ballard Landmark (5433 Leary Ave NW). Spaces are limited — to reserve a seat, click here.

Photo from Christopher Rufo for Seattle City Council on Facebook


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Andres
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Andres

What part of his plan includes doxing children?

Woke AF
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Woke AF

Nice try Mr Salomon. That whole manufactured BS on the D6 page is a laugh. You people are SCARED.

Mike O'Brien's Pearly Whites
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Mike O'Brien's Pearly Whites

The D6 page thread was hysterical. Twisting Ms. Rufo’s companionable gesture noting that their kids go to the same school into a cynical plan to expose the child to harm is really reaching for outrage. The worst that could be said is that Ms. Rufo inadvertently named the school. It seemed a simple ‘mistake.’ But the outrage! So swift, so sure, so satisfying!

Hayduke
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Hayduke

Mike Eliason learned how to stir up faux outrage from his buddy CM Rob Johnson, who backpeddled on his claim there were death threats on his family because people are upset he’s shoving an unwanted bike lane down their throats on 35th Ave NE.

Woke William
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Woke William

Did his wife use unpaid labor to make culturally-appropriated kimchee?

Mike O'Brien's Pearly Whites
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Mike O'Brien's Pearly Whites

Has she made nasty comments about fishermen?

Larry
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Larry

For a ‘documentary maker’ that little video he made seems very unprofessional.

A sophomore in the BHS film program could’ve produced better work.

Henry VIII
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Henry VIII

Ugh, for Charter Schools, hell no!

Seattle Logic
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Seattle Logic

True. I prefer our “fund the Sanctuary City kids by driving up rents via education levies” approach to public schools.

Got my vote
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Got my vote

Exactly, why should poor people have school choice? That’s something only the well off should have.

Seattle Logic
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Seattle Logic

Poor people from other countries = good

Poor Americans upset about losing housing and job opportunities, or tired of being taxed to pay for the feels of upper class liberals = evil fascists must eliminate

Seattle Logic
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Seattle Logic

Huh.
Well, he’s male
STRIKE ONE
And he’s not completely – just partially – retarded
STRIKE TWO
Symmetrical hair
STRIKE THREE

Heterosexual? Wife and kids he probably worries about?
CLEARLY A FASCIST. I can already see the furious, apocalyptic “White Council Bro” insults the Feminazis will tweet.

Come to think of it, maybe the local libtards SHOULD elect this guy because it would give them a reason to protest and huff and puff about some “altright agenda” in our district instead of having to defend O’Brien’s limp ass. Change is good people! Think of all the “resisting” you could do on Twitter with this guy in office!

Sally
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Sally

When is the next election for city council?

Hayduke
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Hayduke

Next year. 7 of 9 are up, and God-willing, we’ll have a clean sweep.

JB1TDMF0TP
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JB1TDMF0TP

Narrator: They did not have a clean sweep. Their the 35 year losing streak remained unbroken.

Jeff Gordon
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Jeff Gordon

I’m confused by your use of English here-

anyone but mike
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anyone but mike

Well — As my posting name implies. I LOVE HIM. He’s not Mike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just hope that come election time in 2019, there will either be Mr. Rufo, or some other moderate – tough on drug addicts, tough on property theft but compassionate on actual mentally ill people, candidate to run against Mike. Or, better yet, Mike gets tired of having his house broken into by all the druggies that he just decides to move to Issaquah and doesn’t run, or tries for some State office and doesn’t run either.

Seattle Logic
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Seattle Logic

I enjoy the fact that our city’s public safety is held hostage by the political views of people who believe that dogs are people (but don’t hurt the precious coyotes!), plants have personalities, and there are 5000 genders. This is only a taste of their lunacy, and I’m sure you could spend all day listing their “quirks”. Spend some time talking to a “Wiccan” who believes in magic(!) and says that your “chakras are misaligned”, or they’re “decolonizing” because they’re 1/8th ethnic and feel victimized by something that happened 150 yrs ago. Really eye opening!

Most of the “mentally ill” in Seattle are gainfully employed and housed!

Guest
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Guest

Nothing says serious policy thinker like using phrases like”homeless industrial complex” , lol. I might take him more seriously if he outlined his solution, and how he plans to get a majority of the city council and the mayor to go along and pay for his plans (and jailing the homeless will cost money for more jails, unless you want to release the car thieves, low level drug dealers, etc)

Seattle Logic
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Seattle Logic

>Perfect is the enemy of good
>Progressives are the enemy of sanity

Guest
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Good luck winning in Seattle with that slogan– sort of like having Sawant campaigning in Vancouver, WA

Seattle Logic
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Seattle Logic

“Washington D.C. (politics in general) is Hollywood for ugly people”
and
Ye shall now them by their fruits. Matthew 7:16

Woke AF
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Woke AF

I’m OK paying for jails to house criminals.

Guest
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Guest

Which taxes? Do you support a head tax on Amazon? Do you think Amazon does?

Seattle Logic
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Seattle Logic

See what they did there?
“Omg look at this big huge crime mess we need $$$ for cops and jails and oh Lordy need $$$ for all the precious undocumented migrants oh my it’s such a mess how did this happen? Stuff just happens, I guess!”

These same people profess their love of science.

Guest
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Guest

Is there any dispute that Ballard does not have enough police? Are you saying we do?

Seattle Logic
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Seattle Logic

We certainly do need more police. The crime problem in Seattle results from this retarded permissiveness and “tolerance”. There will never be enough cops for a decaying society.
The same people who “hate violence” also require “safe spaces”, but the fact is that bad people only behave themselves because they fear the wrath of a bigger, meaner dog. Libtards neuter that “dog” so to speak. Brilliant! For all their “muh science” they ignore basic primate biology.

Zorby
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Zorby

Guest:

At least you’re thinking about what the elements are to create change. The trolls like JM98107 have nothing but anger, bile, and little understanding of civic process so they end up with zero real world, applicable ideas for improving the situation.

Rob Mac
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Rob Mac

Why does Rufo require my email address to read his “policy paper “ ?

Wish i was in district 6
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Wish i was in district 6

Just use any address. It doesn’t verify the address is valid. The paper has some good points.

JB1TDMF0TP
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JB1TDMF0TP

Discount Paul Ryan will be lucky to survive the primary.

Acting Wizard
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Acting Wizard

The underscore music, which sounds like a slowed down version of Tubular Bells, combined with the monotone speaking style of Rufo gives the whole piece, and Rufo, a creepy vibe.

We need someone besides O’Brien but Rufo isn’t the answer.

Fremonster
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Fremonster

Because of his music choice for his commercial? That is a bad way to choose how to cast your vote.

Interesting
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Interesting

I could find an opinion piece written last June at the City Journal site. I hesitated to download the policy paper because, as mentioned, you need to give address. I am not impressed with this individual. He seems rather self promoting (not that self promotion is bad) and using hyperbole without real insight into the work that is needed to help solve the broken nature of our social structure.

Judy
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Judy

Is anyone going to his talk on homelessness in Ballard? http://www.facebook.com/chrisforseattle/events

Lampchop
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Lampchop

He sounds like a typical privileged burbite white boy. No thanks.

Hayduke
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Hayduke

Not that he is, but that’s different from Mr. Lakeside and Duke how?

Mike O'Brien's Pearly Whites
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Mike O'Brien's Pearly Whites

I know! Rufo’s not the multi-millionaire owner of multiple rental properties, who while marking his units to market, demands hundreds of millions of tax dollars for “affordable housing.”

Fremonster
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Fremonster

I seriously doubt that a documentary filmmaker is somehow richer than Mike O’Brien who was a CFO making millions a year, owns a whole block of rental properties in Fremont, is alumnus of $50k/yr Lakeside and comes from a wealthy family.

matt
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matt

What’s his plan in a nutshell? Or do I have to read his whole paper to find out?

Greg
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Greg

He certainly has my vote.

STABBING in Ballard last night. Read the news? Right near my house. RVs in that area.

MORE THAN HALF OF SPD in North Precinct will quit without a contact.

VOTE OBRIEN OUT.

Watchdog
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Watchdog

Saw something about this on KCPQ News last night, shortly after the helicopters went away. Can’t find anything to read about it. Leads or links, please?

Fake
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Fake

Fake

Greg
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Greg

My comment about the stabbing in Ballard was removed. Why?

Greg
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Greg

There was a stabbing last night near the substation in south Ballard.

We need change.

Uff da
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Uff da

Good Samaritan trying to stop some bad guys doing something they shouldn’t have been according to Q13? This is a block N of Fred Meyer. O’Brien druggie constituents involved?

Hayduke
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Hayduke

Survival crime.

Kip
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Kip

He is a research fellow at the Discovery Institute.
https://www.discovery.org
A right wing intelligent design “think” tank.

Ballard Hipster
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Ballard Hipster

This is old news. He has written that he only worked with them for the homelessness project and doesn’t believe in intelligent design at all. I have seen that written by multiple people everywhere–the Ballard Chamber, journalists, Nextdoor, etc. Being able to work with ppl you don’t agree with 100% is a good quality for an elected person.

James
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James

He has my vote! It would be nice to have someone with some common sense on the Seattle City Council!

Pedestrian
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Pedestrian

Well, if it’s true that he works at the Discovery Institute then common sense is clearly not something that this guy possesses.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

As I said… another white rich boy.

matt
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matt

What lets him make documentaries for a living? Docs typically don’t pay well.

Got my vote
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Got my vote

Mike O’Brien is a corporate lawyer. You know, a working stiff.

Mike O'Brien's Pearly Whites
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Mike O'Brien's Pearly Whites

No, I’m just a humble country law firm bookkeeper, not a lawyer. I would have been disbarred as a lawyer years ago for the unconstitutional and illegal policies I propose. And if you look my budget proposals, you’ll understand why I’m no longer a corporate bookkeeper! I don’t believe in numbers!

matt
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matt

Some of his proposals make sense, but he lost me at upzoning. We can’t solve homelessness by destroying our single family neighborhoods.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Yes actually we can. Think NYC. A real city is no place for bedroom communities. The Seattle I grew up in is gone forever and was really just a facsimile of a city. Time a few more figured this out.

matt
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matt

If you like NYC, then move to NYC. You’ll find it is both incredibly dense…and incredibly expensive, with a resulting homeless problem. And when people think NYC they often think Manhattan and don’t consider the enormous sprawl such density causes as people look for more afforable places to live.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Just like Seattle now. Growth in a city is inevitable…unless one prefers boarded up places.

Got my vote
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Got my vote

“Think NYC.”

Yes, no bums there. Proof that density works!

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Funny how millions just LOVE living there and also in Seattle. Must not be that bad in either place. If I was as scared as you are I would leave.

NIMBYs gotta NIMBY
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NIMBYs gotta NIMBY

Build more housing, but build it somewhere else. Other people should have apartments around them. Not me. Them.

In short, not in my back yard.

Lampchop
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Lampchop

Sorry. No one cares about your backyard. Burbs would work well for you. Best you sell before the next downturn which has already started.

matt
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matt

You may be kidding but this is the real solution…push growth to other cities in the state that have capacity to handle the increased population. But can we convince MSFT and Amazon to put their next 5000 employees in Bellingham?

JB1TDMF0TP
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JB1TDMF0TP

Here’s the thing: They’re all NIMBYs too, and there are more of them than there are of you. The two million NIMBYs of Puget Sound are all in a giant circle trying to piss on each other, and you all think that’s going to work. If only you bitch louder and complain harder and whine more than all the other bitches and whiners and complainers, you’ll win and they’ll let you piss on them. You think they’re just going to stand there and let you do it. Because you. You you you you. You can’t get over you.

No matter how special you think you are, all the other NIMBYs think they’re even specialer. That’s the pissing contest you’re in with your neighbors, and the problem is, they’re as awful as you are. You will never succeed at being the biggest asshole in the region. Dream a little smaller.

Woke William
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Woke William

NIMBY is an insulting, violent and demeaning word that ignores our lived experiences. We prefer to say “people experiencing Nimbyism”

Wallbanger
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Wallbanger

Are you sure you aren’t elenchos?

Got my vote
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Got my vote

Yeah right, because the hobos on Ballard commons would be A-OK if rent was only $500 a month.

Smarter Politics
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Smarter Politics

He appears to be supported by the Discovery Institute – a conservative group that does not believe in the science of evolution. They are vested in “intelligent design” instead. Be aware before you cast your vote. https://www.discovery.org/event/5858b/

Fremonster
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Fremonster

Ballard Hipster wrote this above: “This is old news. He has written that he only worked with them for the homelessness project and doesn’t believe in intelligent design at all. I have seen that written by multiple people everywhere–the Ballard Chamber, journalists, Nextdoor, etc. Being able to work with ppl you don’t agree with 100% is a good quality for an elected person.”

I checked online and did find that confirmed by a couple sources (woman who runs the Ballard Chamber wrote about it and a journalist).

sid
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sid

It’s easy run them all out of town ! No camping in parks or on public walkways ! No camping in the city !

chris lewis
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chris lewis

Where do I send a check?

Ron LaMarsh
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Ron LaMarsh

I will not support or vote for him and I am no fan of Mike O’Brein either. But his rhetoric is tha same name calling in an attempt to devalue the opposition. It borders on Steve Bannon conspiracy theory tactics. Labeling people in disparaging terms is no way get a solution to such a large problem as homelessness, it only divides and makes compromise impossible.