Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Homicide Rate Reaching Near-Record Level As Public Safety Is Job One Mayor's Tenure Ends
The proof is in the numbers. Violent crime has skyrocketed during Mayor Greg Ballard's two terms in office despite the benefit of two different local income tax increases, both of which promised more police officers to combat crime, and a pledge by the mayor to make public safety job one. We quickly learned that campaign pledge was a lie. His number one priority like that of every mayor since the creation of UniGov has been to redirect hundreds of millions of dollars in new borrowing and spending to subsidize downtown development projects pushed by his campaign contributors. According to a Fox 59 News report, the number of homicides for the year has now reached 141, up 7% from last year. That number is approaching the 150 homicides the city experienced in 2005 under former Mayor Bart Peterson, the worst year for homicides during his two terms in office.