Olympia WA homeless problem shows inmates are running the asylum

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An Olympia business owner had this door and lattice wall constructed in an effort to keep people from sleeping and going to the bathroom in front of her store. The city ordered her to take it down. (Photo: KOMO News)

An Olympia, WA business owner tried to discourage homeless people sleeping, defecating and urinating at her shop's front door. When she resorted to building a makeshift wall (a wall with a door. Sound familiar?), the city of Olympia told her it must be removed because she didn't obtain a permit. KVI's Kirby Wilbur and John Carlson analyze Olympia's response to this business owner. Meanwhile, this case, along with Seattle mayor Ed Murray's new push for a $275 million property tax hike to pay for 5 more years of services for homeless people, appear to be the early steps to the "bureaucratization" of homelessness. Just as the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks led to the creation of Department of Homeland Security, the current Seattle homelessness crisis appears to be a call to expand government bureaucracy in the name of combating homelessness. Take a look at what Los Angeles just passed by the narrowest of margins: Measure H. It will spend billions of dollars on homeless services and low-income housing over the next decade. Is this Los Angeles plan going to be the blueprint for what Seattle and other Western Washington jurisdictions want to do to "bureaucratize" homelessness?

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