Category Archives: City Hall

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

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

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

The UN says residential displacement undermines human rights: so are city leaders guilty of human rights violations?

“From mass forced evictions to make way for luxury developments, to nameless corporations purchasing real estate from remote boardrooms, to empty homes and people pushed out of their communities because they simply could not afford to live there…” –United Nations … Continue reading

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

Our take on Amazon and Microsoft’s recent “gift” to help address Seattle’s homeless crisis

Companies donate $48 million to Plymouth Housing Group: act of generosity or smart move to buy elected leaders’ cooperation? We’re betting you saw the hoopla surrounding recent contributions some of Seattle’s biggest companies made to address our homeless crisis.  Amazon … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Displacement, Neighborhoods, Politics