Ari in the News

The media’s coverage of Ari’s lobbying and path to City Council

Seattle City Council candidate hopes to change city’s homelessness response

Ari Hoffman says he can walk out of his SoDo office and see the problems first hand. “Landlords have started taking enforcement into their own hands,” Hoffman said Monday, pointing at the concrete bollards lining the roadway which he says were put in to prevent RV’s from parking there. “(I...
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Ari on The Kirby Wilbur Show

(minute 40) Kirby's guest this hour is Ari Hoffman, he is running for Seattle City Council and is challenging Bruce Harrell's seat-Ari stops by the studio to talk about improving Seattle. His website is www.hoffmanforseattle.com.
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Hanukkah marked with anti-hate crime rally in west Seattle

SEATTLE - Jewish communities gathered around the country and locally to mark the first day of Hanukkah. In west Seattle, the holiday was also a day to rally against hate crimes targeting the Jewish community. At the Hoffman household, the first day of Hanukkah is marked by lighting the first...
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SDOT denies ‘No Parking’ signs for Seattle’s local business owners

Ari Hoffman is a local business owner in #Seattle who received a letter from SDOT regarding No Parking signs that were put up by local business owners who were trying to stop RV camping. But SDOT told the business owners they needed to take the signs down.
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Seattle cracks down on property owners who post signs to deter homeless RVs

SEATTLE - Seattle business owners say they are plagued by issues with homeless people living in RVs parked by their businesses and the city is going after them for trying to do something about it. KIRO 7 got copies of letters from SDOT to multiple property owners saying the “no-parking” signs posted on...
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Even city workers rip Seattle’s horrible parking

The parking situation in Seattle is so bad, even workers who rely on their cars for city work, can’t find parking. Consequently, they either waste time (and our tax dollars) looking for parking, or they end up parking illegally, which can sometimes be dangerous and lead to parking tickets that...
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Jewish community grows angry, impatient with Sawant and Seattle Council

After a recent anti-Semitic event and the ongoing vandalism of a Jewish cemetery, some in Seattle’s Jewish community are left wondering if the city cares about their concerns. In May, scores of local Jews called out Councilmember Kshama Sawant and the Seattle LGBTQ Commission for hosting a virulently anti-Semitic event....
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Vagrants Are Turning Seattle Jewish Cemetery Into A Dump

Vagrants are transforming a historic Seattle Jewish cemetery into a dump. The reams of homeless people in the liberal city are dropping everything from dirty needles to human waste on the site. Ari Hoffman, a board member of the local synagogue that is in the same neighborhood as the Bikur...
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Seattle homeless crisis leaves Jewish cemetery dealing with parked RVs, leftover needles, trash

The homelessness crisis in Seattle has turned a Jewish cemetery on the north side of the city into a battleground in the near-daily fight for groundskeepers to clean up everything from used needles to human feces from a fleet of RVs parked nearby. The historic Bikur Cholim cemetery located about...
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Children discover unmarked graves of two veterans at Seattle cemetery

Ari Hoffman is a local businessman, husband and father, and a prominent member of Seattle’s Jewish community. His father and grandfather both served in the Navy, but when Hoffman expressed a desire to enlist after 9/11, they forbade him from serving, telling him, “We served so you don’t have to.”...
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KOMO Town Hall Takes on Controversial Business Tax

KOMO anchor Mary Nam and lead city reporter Matt Markovich moderated the town hall, which included guests on both sides of the issue. The participants were: Ari Hoffman, a local businessman. Courtney O’Toole, an organizer of the Housing for All Coalition Jon Scholes, president of the Downtown Seattle Association Jacob...
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Some Seattle residents say they are appalled by Sawant’s behavior

SEATTLE -- The debate remains contentious over the city's proposal to tax the biggest companies in Seattle and use the money to help ease the homeless crisis. Under the proposal, about 600 companies would be taxed $500 per employee, raising $75 million a year. That money would go to build...
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Seattle City Councilwomen Confronted in SODO over Proposed Employee Head Tax

Frustrated Seattle residents shared their concerns with two Seattle City Councilmembers about the homeless crisis and a proposed $75 million employee head tax on the biggest companies in town after a week of vivid confrontations around the city. The audio posted here is a long excerpt from the SODO Business...
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10,000 Sign Petition Against Council Homeless Plan

In the four days since the group Safe Seattle launched an online petition against the city's proposed ordinance to allow the homeless to camp in city parks and sidewalks, more than 10,000 people have signed it. "I was absolutely blown away," said Harley Lever, who runs Safe Seattle. "But it...
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