Tim Burgess Continues Crusade Against Panhandlers

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee February 25, 2010

From the ST:

Panhandling near ATMs and parking meters would be banned in Seattle under a proposal from City Councilmember Tim Burgess aimed at making people feel safer downtown and in shopping districts.

Burgess said tougher laws are needed to respond to complaints from residents and business owners, especially downtown, in the University District and in Ballard.

"We have serious problems downtown with open-air drug trafficking. We have an extremely serious problem with robberies downtown," said Burgess, a former Seattle police officer. "These are not members of our homeless community that are committing these crimes. ... Homeless and impoverished people deserve safe streets just as anybody else does."

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