Seattle is a predominantly liberal city and tends to elect radical far left-leaning Democrat politicians to office, who push some of the Nation’s most radical and Marxist public policies.
Amazon, and a left-leaning public policy influencer, is at home in Seattle the land of “CHOP”, until recently when crime rates made Amazon work environments too dangerous even for them and it is their own fault, frankly.
Remember the Capitol Hill Organized Protest in Seattle- that sprung out of the Democrat’s summer of riots? Yeah.. think that has a connection to crime in the are?
Geekwire reported on the new hunt for new digs for the company:
Amazon is telling employees they can work at an alternative location due to recent crime around its downtown Seattle office at 300 Pine St.
“Given recent incidents near 3rd and Pine, we’re providing employees currently at that location with alternative office space elsewhere. We are hopeful that conditions will improve and that we will be able to bring employees back to this location when it is safe to do so,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
Bloomberg first reported the news.
There are currently 1,800 employees that work at the Amazon office, previously home to a Macy’s department store and located less than a mile from its main headquarters. Amazon opened the office in 2018.
Earlier this month Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz said SPD was “launching an initiative to curb the violent criminal behavior” in the area near Amazon’s office.
The crime in downtown Seattle is causing many businesses, tech companies included, to either move offices or adopt a wait-and-see approach of staying remote even as COVID-19 cases recede.
Companies are also taking steps to keep employees and customers safer as they transition back to in-person work, including closing offices early so employees can get home before dark, and hiring private security officers.
Earlier this year an Amazon engineer was hit in the head with a baseball bat while walking near downtown Seattle. Days later there was a rash of shootings in downtown districts, building on what city officials say was a 40% increase in gun violence last year.
Motley Fool reported, in 2019, on the end of business in the same exact area.
Another iconic Macy’s ( M 4.50% ) store is set to close. Last Saturday, The Seattle Times reported that the department store giant plans to shutter its store in downtown Seattle in February 2020 and sell the building. It will be the third Seattle-area Macy’s store to close in the span of a year.
Seattle saw sharp spikes in crime in 2021, but rates haven’t reached the historic levels seen in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The spikes are still alarming, though — so much so that Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell put public safety at the top of his first State of the City address last month.
Last month The Wall Street Journal editorial board declared that “lawlessness now hampers Seattle’s economic recovery.”
People know that it is the sky-high property prices have driven a surge in homelessness in downtown Seattle. Crime and drug abuse are growing problems as well. This has made the area less attractive for retailers — particularly a giant department store like Macy’s.
All things that the Democrats have caused by massive government overspending on their friends and cronies, and an unserious attempt to curb crimes, address mental illness and help cultivate employment for people.
Check out what Amazon has funded for itself to deal with:
According to Neighborhood Scout:
“With a crime rate of 59 per one thousand residents, Seattle has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 17.”
Protocall.com reported on Amazon’s political leanings:
(Disclosure: Reporter Issie Lapowsky is married to an Amazon employee.)
David Zapolsky, general counsel
- Total contributions: over $590,000
- Biggest check: $250,000 to Biden Victory Fund
Zapolsky made headlines earlier this year when an internal memo leaked, in which he called a fired Amazon warehouse worker, Chris Smalls, “not smart or articulate.” Smalls was fired after staging a walkout over conditions at the company’s Staten Island warehouse. Zapolsky, who has worked at Amazon for more than two decades, has been donating to Democratic presidential candidates since John Kerry’s 2004 race. Last fall, he and his wife, Lynn Hubbard, hosted a fundraiser for Biden at their home
Steven Kessel, recently departed senior vice president
- Total contributions: over $305,000
- Biggest check: $100,000 to DNC Services. Corp.
Earlier this year, Kessell stepped down from Amazon after 20 years at the company, during which he led Amazon’s brick-and-mortar retail work. In an email to employees announcing his departure, Kessel said he planned to “focus on community service, not for profit work, and other areas of interest.” Before he left, he donated to the DNC, but since retiring, Kessell has written checks directly to Biden and the Biden Victory Fund.
Gianna Puerini, former vice president of Amazon Go
- Total contributions: over $126,000
- Biggest check: $89,500 to DNC Services Corp.
Another longstanding Amazon veteran, Puerini headed up Amazon’s grocery store chain, Amazon Go. Though she supported both the Obama and Clinton presidential campaigns in 2012 and 2016, respectively, she has yet to donate directly to Biden, instead, funneling the bulk of her donations to the DNC.
Babak Parviz, vice president
- Total contributions: over $59,000
- Biggest check: $50,000 Biden Victory Fund
Parviz is best known for founding and leading Google X, the search giant’s “moonshot” factory, which developed Google Glass under Parviz’s watch. But in 2014, he jumped ship and joined Amazon to work on another Google X-type research team. This year, he stepped up his political donations compared to past cycles, pouring $50,000 into the Biden Victory Fund.
Are we allowed to make these connections? TO say Amazon med their bed, in Seattle and now they can lie in it.
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Cultural Marxism, grassroots activism, music, IndyCar racing and political campaigns. @Saorsa1776