Was finally able to watch the video. That Jewish guy sounds like the MAC (Military Arms Channel) guy.
I lived in Seattle for 11 years and never heard about how it was supposed to be this "lofty city of promise". While Seattle is certainly not perfect, I never heard that it was a "promised utopia".
That said, when did things get so bad? They showed 3rd and Pine and that was right outside the old Bon Marche (was Macys when I moved back) where the needles were piled up on the street. I used to work at 2nd and Pine and never saw any of that anywhere in downtown, but that was in the late 90s to early 2000s. I admit when I lived there, I was in college and right after, so there was still the ignorance and naivete there, but I really don't recall things being like shown in the video. Makes it seem like the movie New Jack City.
Heroin epidemic disguised as a homeless problem. I remember seeing homeless, especially remember seeing them in the winter time when it's cold and rainy. I don't recall it being anywhere like they showed it. I had the impression that many homeless made their way "south for the winter". I also heard many homeless made their way to Seattle from California (not sure what's the truth on the matter).
From what I've heard from friends that still live there, I have heard a lot of displeasure with the Seattle Mayor and state politicians, but don't really hear stuff like this. Not to say it's not happening. Many of my friends no longer live in Seattle. Most live in the surrounding areas. Bellevue, Redmond, Everett, Mount Vernon. So maybe they are buffered from it to a certain extent.
"Counter culture" has always been a big part of Seattle. From what I heard, the availability of drugs had a lot to do with sourcing from Canada. A college friend was actually very much part of that. Then there are a bunch of rising local stars that flamed out due to ODing. I recall that from even HS time. But I never saw it to the point where convenience stores had to close as specific times. Maybe it was going in the parts of the city that I never went, but for a good part of the time I lived in Seattle, I was walking distance from many of the bad areas that they discussed in the video.