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Seattle and Amazon screwed the homeless.
The war which pitted Seattle’s City Council against Amazon, Starbucks and other businesses across homelessness has stopped in an lose-lose-lose lure. It might return as one of the biggest fiascos from the city’s history for a leader of policy that is progressive, Seattle political and business leaders tell me.
The Council voted 9-to-0 to pass on a undermine tax that will charge businesses $275 per-employee per-year, instead of the $540 per employee amount initially suggested. Voter surveys reveal Seattle citizens were overwhelmingly opposed to both suggestions.
The town of Seattle misplaced as it failed to announce that a well-thought out strategy for handling homelessness; passed a watered down statement which alienated the business network; and only won half just as much income since it mentioned it had.
Amazon and big firm lost because they struggled with the Council with criticism and threats as opposed to grabbing the chance to take the effect in a matter that it’s demonstrated a devotion to else where.
The nearly 12,000 homeless people living in King County missing mainly because Seattle and Amazon acquired in a pissing match.
This might have been avoided, business and political leaders in Seattle tell me.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan might have brought the town Council with Amazon, Starbucks and other businesses to hash out a plan that made sense for both sides. Seattle and Amazon might have then trumpeted their success for a model for the way liberal cities and tech companies plan to address the homeless epidemic they’ve helped build.
Instead, Amazon currently says that it has been questioning its own future in Seattle.
“We stay very anxious about the near future generated by the council’s hostile strategy and rhetoric toward larger businesses, which compels us to question our growth here,” Amazon VP Drew Herdener states.
“the town doesn’t own a revenue issue — it’s a paying efficiency problem,” he states. “We are highly uncertain perhaps the city council’s anti-business rankings or its own spending inefficiency will change for the higher” Amazon declined to comment more.
Star bucks can also be angry: “This town continues to spend without dirtying and fail without liability, although ignoring the plight of countless of kids sleeping outside,” explained Starbucks Senior Vice President John Kelley. “When it is impossible for them to provide a warm meal and secure bed to a five-year-old child, nobody considers they will be able to make home affordable or address addiction.”
Even the homelessness outbreak is the inconvenient truth of the tech boom that’s fueled increase in Seattle, the Bay Area and Los Angeles, and its particular a problem for each city authorities and the tech businesses in their region.
City frontrunners and technology CEOs should own it. There was just a large opportunity to innovate on solving this specific problem. Doing this would save (and produce decent press). Avoiding it’ll yield enormous issues down the line.