Letter to Public Officials

To: King County Prosecutor, King County Executive, Seattle City Council, King County Council, Seattle Mayor, Seattle City Attorney, Seattle Police Chief, King County Sheriff

Feb. 4, 2020

Dear Public Officials,

We are writing to you with great frustration, sadness and love for our downtown just days after a senseless shooting in our center city that killed one and left seven others injured, including a child.

Our frustration comes from knowing that this tragedy was not just avoidable, it was a likely outcome of a deeply rooted drug market that has existed along Third Avenue for decades. Third Avenue is the front door to downtown for commuters coming from neighborhoods across Seattle. Unfortunately, it has been taken over by criminal activity, including drug dealing, gang warfare, rampant retail theft, daily overdoses, acts of violence, sexual assaults and robberies.

Our sadness stems from hearing stories about the daily impact this criminal activity has on our friends, neighbors, employees and colleagues, including some of Seattle’s most vulnerable populations. The numbers back up the personal stories: over a two-year period, crimes against people in this part of downtown have increased by over 40 percent.

We love downtown Seattle and expect the heart of our city to be safe and welcoming for all who live, work and visit here. It should be safe for the barista, the retail clerk, the downtown cleaning ambassador, the theater performer, the small business owner, the resident and the visitor.

Downtown Seattle is home to more than 328,000 jobs and 88,000 residents — nearly 5,000 of whom are children. Increasing downtown density and vibrancy is aligned with the City of Seattle’s comprehensive plan, growth and economic goals, and climate strategy. But these goals are jeopardized if people don’t feel safe in downtown.

We urge you to immediately develop an aggressive safety strategy for downtown. We call on you to reform current practices and policies. And we implore you to devote the resources necessary to permanently take back Third Avenue from the open drug market that has, for decades, laid claim to it.


Justin Goin, General Manager Yard House

Chuck Nelson, President & CEO WAC

Colleen Echohawk (Pawnee/Athabascan), Executive Director Chief Seattle Club

Tom Douglas, Owner Tom Douglas Restaurants

Chad Mackay, CEO Fire & Vine Hospitality

Jon Scholes, President & CEO Downtown Seattle Association

Becky Witmer, Managing Director ACT Theatre

Matt Griffin, Managing Partner Pine Street Group L.L.C

Louise Chernin, President GSBA

Tomio Moriguchi, Property Owner Chinatown-ID

Quentin Kuhrau, CEO Unico Properties

Greg Smith, CEO Urban Visions

Roger Nyhus, President & CEO Nyhus Communications

Carla Murray, Chief Operations Officer Marriott, Americas, Western Region

Tom Norwalk, President & CEO Visit Seattle

Diane LaVonne, Owner Diane's Market Kitchen

Kathy O'Kelley, Vice President of Management Services Hines

Fred Rivera, Executive Vice President & General Counsel Seattle Mariners

Linda Di Lello Morton, President Seattle Restaurant Alliance

Pat Callahan, President Urban Renaissance Group

Chuck Riley, Shareholder Lane Powell

A.M. Clise, Chairman & CEO Clise Properties

Steve Koehler, Principal Koehler & Company

Gregory Johnson, CEO Wright Runstad & Company

Bernie Griffin, Managing Director 5th Avenue Theatre

Aaron Blankers, Vice President Washington Holdings

Mary Bacarella, Executive Director Pike Place Market PDA

Faye Hong, President Hop Sing Association

Zahoor Ahmed, CFO & VP RC Hedreen Co

Ryan Smith, Principal Martin Smith Inc

Thierry Rautureau, Owner Loulay

Howard S. Wright, Chairman & Founder Seattle Hospitality Group

Jeffrey Blosser, President & CEO Washington State Convention Center

Angela Stowell, President FareStart

Anna Boone, Senior Manager of Local Government Affairs Seattle Hotel Association

John Schoettler, Vice President, Global Real Estate and Facilities Amazon

Charley Royer, Former Mayor of Seattle Pioneer Square Resident

Judy Runstad, Of Counsel Wright Runstad

Serena Carlsen, Partner Perkins Coie

Marilyn Boss, West Regional Executive Zurich North America\

Jim Rowe, President/CEO E3 Co - Restaurant Group

Rick Yoder, Wild Ginger & Triple Door Owner

Jim Hendricks, PhD, President Seattle Children's Research Institute

Elena Arosteguy, General Manager of Pacific Place Madison Marquette

Allegra Calder, Resident Belltown

Mark Houtchens, Principal Vance Corp

Lori Johnson, Executive Director Washington State Food Trucks Association

Cheryl Cohen, Practice Manager Advanced Dentistry at Century Square

Brent Haberman, Resdient Downtown Seattle Resident

David Watkins, General Manager The Sound Hotel

Kirk Pourmanafzadeh, Banquet Captain Seattle Hilton

Jack Noftsger, Resident Downtown Resident

Steve Vissozky, Managing Director Hyatt Seattle

Tim Brown, Executive Vice President Wells Fargo

James Wagonfield MD, Resident Downtown Resident

Laura Gruits, Community Manager MACK Property Management

Laura Larson, Regional Vice President LAZ Paking Colleen

Sanford, Resident Seattle Resident, 2nd Generation

Kyle Vixie, Vice President Associated Recreation Council (ARC)

Douglas Steding, PhD, Attorney, Managing Partner Northwest Resource Law, PLLC

Patrick Gordon, Principal ZGF Architects

Shawn Jackson, Vice President, Regional General Manager Urban Renaissance Group

Tom Graff, Chair Belltown United

Yasuaki Saito, Operating Partner The London Plane

Ronald L. Smith, Resident Downtown Seattle Resident

Patsy Carlson, Director of Stores Mario's Mario's Seattle

Peter Schrappen, Vice President Northwest Marine Trade Association

Bill Bergschnedier, CEO Rainer Title

Kelly Kostq, Principal Downtown Works

Amanda Parsons, General Manager Thompson Seattle

Sally del Fierro, Resident Downtown Seattle

Deborah Bogin Cohen, Resident Downtown Seattle

Donnie King, Business Owner Seattle Mario Bisio, Owner & President Mario's Seattle

Vicki Fehl, Resident Seattle Yan Liu, Restorative Dental Hygienist Advanced Dentistry at Century Square

Jonathan Bahe, Resident Belltown Resident

Terry R. Lundeen, P.E., S.E., Principal Coughlin Porter Lundeen

Daniel P. Meyers, Senior Vice President, Project Management Madison Marquette, Pacific Place

Ashanti Bitar, Resident Seattle Resident

Katherine Bates, Downtown Resident & Tenant Services Coordinator

Brenda Baxter, Project Manager Pine Street Group L.L.C

Rocio Solis, Scheduling Coordinator Advanced Dentistry at Century Square

Jasmine Donovan, President & CFO Dick's Drive-In Restaurants

Lou Bond, Property Manager Melbourne Tower

Dustin Hinkle, Assistant General Manager Hilton Seattle

Michael Chan, Owner Back and Neck Pain Center

Maricella Serrano, Dental Assistant Advanced Dentistry at Century Square

Chris Phillips, Regional Manager Equity Residential

Gabe Grant, Resident Belltown Resident

Kelli Nikel, Junior Buisness Partner, People Operations Unico

Peter Giese, Resident Seattle Resident

Coleen Spratt, Director of Property Management Nitze Stagen

Ann Vandehey, Director of Sales & Marketing Hilton Seattle

Joe Smurdon, NW Market Director JLL

Susan Benton, Property Manager, Pacific Northwest ROIC

Anders Nielsen, CEO City Sightseeing Seattle & Gray Line Seattle

Stephanie Cain, Resident & Assistant Property Manager Downtown Seattle

Craig Schafer, Inn at the Market/Hotel Andra Owner

Shannon Sheron, Managing Director Hotel Sorrento

Erin Daniel, Dental Hygienist Advanced Dentistry at Century Square

Bob Peckenpaugh, General Manager Edgwater Hotel

Nora Tabler, Resident Belltown Resident

David Santillanes, President D. Lark, Inc.

Sands McKinley, Founder McKinley Irvin Family Law Firm

Mark Weed, Managing Member Main Street Equity Partners

Bill Weisfield, Principal Elliott Bay Asset Solutions

Jim Miller, Board Member Belltown Business Association, Belltown United

Rebecca Uusitalo, General Manager Urban Renaissance Group

Julie Carvalho, Commercial Property Manager Gibraltar, LLC

Helen Wattley-Ames, Owner& Desingated Broker Urban Renaissance Group

Cheyenne Wilson, Dental Assistant Advanced Dentistry at Century Square

Helen Donahue, Foster/White Gallery Artist

Jamie Munson, Owner Simply Seattle

Mark Karason, Resident Retail Core Resident Jay Ashberg, Owner Seattle Shirt Co.

Donal Murphy, Artist Foster/White Gallery

Alycia Ensminger, Resident Belltown Resident

Jason Parker, Co-Founder/President Copperworks Distilling Co.

Josh Heckathorn, Downtown Seattle Property Owner

Weldon Ihrig, Resident & Independent Management Consultant Downtown Seattle

Gerry Johnson, Managing Partner Pacifica Law Group

Judith Wagonfield, Resident Downtown Seattle

Julia Beabout, Owner Novaby

Brian Chan, Owner Integrative Injury Clinics

Catherine McConnell, Resident West Edge/Downtown Seattle

Eyal Gershfeld, Owner EIG Diamonds

Jay Ashberg, Owner Seattle Shirt Co

Amber Rogers, Assistant Property Manager Colliers International

Gilbert Lopez, Account Manager Allied Universal

Andrew Rapp, Partner Fox Rothschild LLP

Vangie Robbins, Patient Coordinator Advanced Dentistry at Century Square

Rachel Christiansen, Resident Seattle Resident

Peter DiOrio, General Manager Kimpton Palladian Hotel

Stephanie Storvik, Board Member Seattle Restaurant Alliance

Eric Jackson, CEO and President Jackson Asset Protection Management

Tong Wong, President Hip Sing Association

Kevin Corbett, CEO Plus Capital Partners

Marilyn Kiehlbauch, Senior Project Manager & Executive Asst Colliers International

Amanda Taylor, Catering Sales Manager Hilton Seattle

Sandy Lew-Hailer, Owner Sandylew

Rita Irvin, Founder McKinley Irvin Family Law Firm

Jessica Clawson, Partner McCullough Hill Leary

Chris Tudor, Owner Tudor Inns and Seattle Laundry

Tony Stewart, Vice President Skanska

Jon Weller, Store Director Kress IGA

Ken Lederman, Principal Foster Garvey PC

Midge McCauley, President Downtown Works

Ben Lee, President Hong Kong Association of Washington

Howard Anderson, Board Chair Denny Triangle Neighborhood Association

Phen Huang, Foster/White Gallery Artist, Owner

Vanessa Magnuson, Senior Property Manager Colliers International

Janice Blair, Resident Downtown Resident

Kris Richey Curtis, Managing Director JLL

Jonathan Hartung, President Associated Recreation Council (ARC)

Sarah Hunter, President Waterfront Place Residential Association

Annette Tortorige, Business Development & Marketing Manager Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker

Andreea Larhs, DDS, Owner Advanced Dentistry at Century Square

Timothy Rutland, Director of Sales Edgewater Hotel

Nora Chan, Resident & Property Owner Chinatown

Juergen Oswald, General Manager Hilton Seattle

Jon Polica, President Sprague Israel Giles, Inc.

Jane Rakay Nelson, Owner Nelson & Nelson PLLC

Mike Ruhl, Vice President BioMed Realty

Lai Chan Situ, Seattle Resident

Sandy Smith, VP of Administration Ethan Stowell Restaurants

Olga Sagan, Owner Piroshky Piroshky

Peterson, Wampold, Rosato, Feldman and Luna Law Firm

Kaylee Millar, Sales & Reservations Coordinator Hilton Seattle

Heidi Bullinga, Associate Principal ZGF Architects

Steven Baral, Owner Melbourne Tower

Gyros Place Restaurant