Ari in the News

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

Seattle homeless crisis prompts cemetery board member to run for city council

Bikur Cholim Cemetery board member and city council candidate Ari Hoffman says funds need to be better allocated to address the city's homeless crisis.
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Seattle homeless crisis: Historic cemetery overrun with drugs and prostitution amid worsening problem

Seattle’s homeless crisis has reached such catastrophic levels that a north-side cemetery has become home to drug abuse, drug dealing and prostitution. Bikur Cholim Cemetery board member and city council candidate Ari Hoffman detailed the desperate effort to fight the epidemic and placed blame for how bad it has gotten squarely...
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Permit application for car camping safe lot to be withdrawn

SEATTLE - Mayor Jenny Durkan has tapped the brakes on a plan to test a safe lot in South Seattle for people living in their cars. A permit for a lot at Genesee Park was filed by the Low Income Housing Institute and was in the process of receiving city...
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Seattle releases new details on homeless car camping program

SEATTLE - Anxiety is building over a plan KOMO News first reported to allow homeless car camping in certain parking lots around the city. People live in their parked cars in many different neighborhoods and now city officials are working on a "safe lot" program to give them a place...
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Seattle safe lots proposal criticized for secrecy, lack of public input

SEATTLE - A Project Seattle investigation on safe-lots for homeless car campers touched-off a backlash among neighborhood leaders. The concern is that the public is being cut out of the planning. A lot across the street from Genesee Park is one of the places that could soon be a shelter...
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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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