Category Archives: Budget

Seattle’s top lobbyist is also mayor’s political consultant

Sandeep Kaushik works for Murray’s re-election and lobbies for Comcast and other corporations Seattle’s biggest lobbyist, Sandeep Kaushik, is also a political consultant to Mayor Ed Murray’s re-election campaign. In 2016, Kaushik earned $186,000 lobbying the Seattle City Council on … Continue reading

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Thankful for Seattle City Hall

Mayor Murray resists Trump; Sawant leads protest; city council defies Murray Over the last two weeks, I’ve been proud of Seattle City Hall. First, Mayor Ed Murray and city councilmembers declared they would fight the Trump administration. Next, Councilmember Kshama … Continue reading

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Mayor’s Budget Lowlights: business as usual – still favoring Downtown, South Lake Union (SLU), and streetcars

Another bailout of the SLU Streetcar: city planners question whether plan runs afoul of the city’s race & social justice initiative Yet, Mayor moves forward with a $151 million plan for a new “Center City” streetcar serving downtown.  Like northend police … Continue reading

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July 6th City Council committee approves sale of Pacific Place Parking Garage: full Council votes Monday

Update on July 6th committee discussion and vote: Full Council votes Monday 2pm on the sale of the Pacific Place Parking Garage.   While the Council’s Housing and Finance Committee approved sale of the Garage for $87 million (with a … Continue reading

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Error on developer tax breaks means millions in lost revenues

(This story by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox originally published July 1 2013).  For years, we’ve criticized our City Council and mayor for approving millions of dollars in property tax breaks to a handful of large residential developers through … Continue reading

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Socializing the costs, not the benefits

by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox, Seattle Displacement Coalition – November 15, 2015 Yes, there is socialism in Seattle.  But not the kind where the incomes of those at the bottom are lifted and the costs as well as the benefits … Continue reading

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South Lake Union Streetcar needs a third bailout

by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox, Seattle Displacement Coalition – October 15, 2014 We’ll put this one in the “I told you so” file. The South Lake Union Streetcar — affectionately called the SLUT, after it was briefly called … Continue reading

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