We have a lot of questions here at the Weekly, and most come from our readers. We try to give answers whenever we have them, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. So now we inquire. Can anyone help us out here? Public officials, residents, anyone who takes interest in the International District—we would love your input.
Here is the accumulation of our strange list of questions:
Why is there police commitment primarily only on game days?
So that leads into…
Where are the police when it is not a game day?
Why are there so many new massage parlors on the Jackson strip?
Why are there women being solicited as prostitutes around aforementioned massage parlors?
New medical marijuana dispensaries. Are they help or hindrance? (Little Saigon residents have made the Asian Weekly aware of many complaints.)
Why is there a huge homeless population around the King Street Station?
(This is probably a moot question.)
And then, of course, is the fact of the recent murder of Benito “Benny” Enriquez—a candlelight vigil was held last week in approximate distance to his murder in Chinatown—(5th Ave. So. and So. Weller St). The 31-year-old father of two girls was beaten in the neighborhood after attending a game. According to Frank Irigon, community activist, “His death highlights the public safety needs of the Chinatown International District neighborhood.”
We are too busy shaking our heads and asking questions that we may or may not know the answers to.
Thank you for helping us in search for the answers. (end)