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Outside City Hall is a column by John Fox and Carolee Colter of the Seattle Displacement Coalition that has been appearing in Pacific Publishing newspapers and elsewhere since 2004. This web site was recently established to further inform the public of these important issues.
Award-winning journalist George Howland Jr.is writing opinion pieces and local news stories for this site under his own editorial direction.
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Category Archives: City Hall
Ed Murray’s personal reputation is unlikely to survive allegations of sex abuse, but his political achievements will remain historic After accusations of sexual abuse by five men, Mayor Ed Murray, is finally resigning. His resignation does not leave me angry … Continue reading
In 1995, Suzie Burke, the “Land Baroness of Fremont,” found a place in Seattle for the figure of communist leader “Get a sense of humor,” says Suzie Burke, a supporter of President Donald J. Trump, who was the first host … Continue reading
Rob Johnson refuses to answer questions about overselling a key housing policy (Wikipedia) When it comes to HALA’s “Grand Bargain,” Councilmember Johnson has had major legislative success, but he has misled the press and the public about the extent of … Continue reading
Seattle Green Space Coalition asks you to email Seattle Public Utilities: urge them to sell this valued forest land to Lake Forest Park so it can be saved (We don’t think Seattle Green Space Coalition will mind if we reprint … Continue reading
Dear city councilmembers: the ‘vacant buildings’ law you’re considering threatens more abandonment and loss of low income housing
Write your councilmembers: urge a NO vote on the proposed vacant building legislation or to back amendments offered by Councilmember Herbold that discourage abandonment without encouraging demolition of more occupied low cost rentals Dear Councilmembers, The Seattle Displacement Coalition played … Continue reading
How many clichés, and warm and fuzzy slogans can you fit on a campaign mailer or into a stump speech? We have the answer!
Attention candidates: feel-good slogans for your speeches, mailers and brochures, guaranteed to elevate your profile and capture votes “I am a proven civic leader with a clear progressive vision, courage and independence to tackle the big problems so everyone can … Continue reading
“DEIS” for the “HALA” mandatory housing affordability requirement conceals impacts on low income housing”
Seattle Displacement Coalition challenges adequacy of Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS): “The loss of existing low income units would greatly outweigh total affordable units produced under HALA plan. The DEIS makes a mockery of responsible planning and analysis and thumbs … Continue reading