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Ari Hoffman
@thehoffather

Candidate, Seattle City Council District 2. Husband & Father. Real Estate and Inflatable Real Estate.

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Ari Hoffman for Seattle City Council: Infrastructure

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Infrastructure: It rains in Seattle 8 months out of the year. The elderly and disabled can’t ride bikes and bike ridership is down. The city can’t be spending 12 million dollars per mile to install bike lanes that are hurting local businesses and snarling traffic. The excessive over-budget spending on the light rail and trolley car prove that the city cannot be trusted with taxpayer money and reforms must be put in place.

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Ari Hoffman for Seattle City Council: Regulations

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Regulations: The current City Council has passed and championed regulations on construction and zoning so onerous and expensive that many subcontractors won’t work in Seattle anymore. Taxes on soda send shoppers to supermarkets outside the city limits. Regulations affect supply and demand, and this is directly impacting the homeless crisis.

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Ari Hoffman for Seattle City Council: Taxes

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Taxes: The cost of living in Seattle is rising, and while part of that can be attributed to living in a growing city, a significant portion of that is the increasing tax burden being placed on our residents and businesses. We need to learn to live within our means, find creative solutions to problems, and support non-profit organizations without merely looking for excuses to tax.

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Ari Hoffman for Seattle City Council: Opioid/Meth Crisis

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Opioid/Meth Crisis: Our city has given  tacit consent to illegal drug dealers and users. Dealers operate on the streets in broad daylight, taking advantage of our most vulnerable. Needles and other drug paraphernalia are found in the parks where our children play. There is no enforcement, not because of our police, but because of the enabling of these crimes and activities by our current City Council.
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Ari Hoffman for Seattle City Council: Homeless Crisis

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Homeless Crisis: According to this year’s One Night Count, there are over 12,000 people living on the streets of Seattle. Tents and broken RVs fill our streets and sidewalks, all while shelter beds are available.  Meanwhile, organizations like SHARE and WHEEL operate low-barrier tiny home villages, where drugs are allowed and crime runs rampant. Every time a sweep is done by the Navigation Team, they find children in the squalor, sometimes even victims of child trafficking. They also find weapons and dangerous animals.

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Ari Hoffman for Seattle City Council: Justice Reforms

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Justice Reforms: As our city’s budget continues to spiral out of control, we cannot afford to lose sight of the massive amount of money used on our jail system, which is used to punish, not help, those who have committed crimes and are looking to turn around their lives.

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Ari Hoffman for Seattle City Council: Seattle Safety

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Safety: Seattle is a great city and that is why it attracts people from all over the world to work, visit and live. Sadly though, our city is experiencing an increase in crime associated our growth and affluence. It is quite common to see drug dealers and prostitutes operating in broad daylight. Intravenous drug use is rampant, leaving used paraphernalia on the streets causing a health hazard for all. Tent cities and derelict recreational vehicles double as store fronts for these illegal enterprises. Our peace officers are being marginalized by many elected officials and are leaving work for other municipalities.

Recruitment is at an all time low and now there are special interest groups advocating for cuts in funding for probation services. This is an action opposed by municipal judges who were appointed by the same Seattle City Council that now wants to cut these services. It’s a vicious cycle that perpetuates itself. Can do better, we will do better.

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