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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 02:05 PM

DSA President wants to use $40 million in levy improvement funds to curb crime

Seattle's State of Downtown Luncheon is usually a celebration of business and growth, but this year's event with 1,200 of the city's movers and shakers in attendance had a different tone.

Jon Scholes, President of the Downtown Seattle Association, addressed the power brokers Thursday and admitted there have been failures in the city's downtown core, which led up to a deadly shooting last month.

"We have to call this problem what it is," said Scholes. "This is a deeply rooted drug market in the middle of our downtown for 30 years."

Scholes's words hung in the air of the Hyatt Regency ballroom.

"It fuels assaults, rape, and robbery. Violent crime in this part of downtown has increased by more than 30% in the last three years," Scholes claimed.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/downtown-seattle-association-president-wants-to-use-40-million-in-levy-improvement-funds-to-curb-crime/ar-BBZZ7wY?ocid=hplocalnews

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