Author Archives: John V. Fox

About John V. Fox

Director, Seattle Displacement Coalition

Pedersen vs Scott and Gossett vs Zahilay: October 15th, 530pm at UHeights Center

Join us at a unique candidate forum that brings together both City and County councilmember candidates to discuss issues affecting the U District. City Council candidates Alex Pedersen and Shaun Scott, and King County Council candidates Larry Gossett and Girmay Zahilay will answer questions from our community … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Neighborhoods, Uncategorized

Kshama’s rent control “Hail Mary” to mobilize her base; it’s illegal but so what?

Her effort to rein-in rents shows why we need her on the Council Honestly, we didn’t initially take the time to read Kshama’s draft rent control law, because in the literal sense, it’s “not going anywhere fast”. State law explicitly … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Housing Preservation, Politics, racial justice

Cliff Cawthon writes about Reagan Dunn’s misguided “homeward bound” program

Busing the homeless out of Seattle won’t help Earlier this month, King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn offered what he characterized as a more effective answer to homelessness: free bus tickets out of town. It’s his rebuttal, and what he claims … Continue reading

Posted in Cliff Cawthon articles, Homelessness, Politics

Councilmember Pacheco wants to remove ‘SEPA’ rules requiring city to study displacement impacts on small businesses due to upzoning

Pacheco’s bill makes study of economic impacts optional and removes right of an appeal to hearing examiner; small businesses along Seattle’s historic “Ave” say it’s intentionally designed to rob them of any chance to secure measures to minimize impacts of … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Politics, University District, Upzoning

A second round of upzones for historic University District moves forward; activists to hold “Save the Ave” fundraiser, 5pm-9pm, Aug 10th at the Big Time

Rob Johnson, former Councilmember from the 4th District is long gone but his proposal to upzone the Ave and over a dozen other blocks in the neighborhood lives on. Residents and small businesses wonder why CM Johnson proposal moves forward … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Politics, University District, Upzoning

University Heights Community Center to host important forum on “car camping” this Thursday, August 8th, 7-9 pm.

You’re invited: Panel of experts with audience discussion on how we can compassionately address this crisis  – over half of all homeless live in their vehicles yet there are almost no ‘sanctioned’ areas for them in Seattle or King County

Posted in Homelessness, Neighborhoods, University District

Why Alex Pedersen is the best choice for the District 4 Council seat

Many progressives are skipping over the avowed socialist and labor anointed candidates “because unlike those two, Alex Pedersen has chosen to work with anti-displacement, historic preservation, neighborhood, and small businesses groups fighting runaway growth and gentrification.” In terms of fighting to … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Politics, University District, Upzoning