Category Archives: Politics

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

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

City Council plans changes to Seattle’s “intent to sell” law giving tenants (and nonprofits) more time to buy their low income apartments before owners can sell to developers

Housing Committee may vote as early as July 11th; if strengthened, this little known law passed in 2015 could help save many valued low income apartments when they are put up for sale and allow conversion to tenant owned co-ops … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, Displacement, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Politics, 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