Category Archives: Politics

Is the mayor’s plan for ending homelessness wrong?

Ed Murray wants to spend tens of millions more on rapid rehousing, but a new study shows it doesn’t work 60 percent of the time What is the highlight of Mayor Ed Murray’s latest plan to solve Seattle’s homelessness crisis? … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Election 2017, George Howland articles, Homelessness, Housing Preservation, Politics

Even Raging Grannies Can’t Convince Council to Do the Right Thing in Downtown/South Lake Union Rezone

Guest Column by Susanna Lin It’s a disappointing day for Seattle when the City Council can’t raise the affordable housing requirements for Downtown/South Lake Union developers from 2 to 5%, when other cities with “Mandatory Incentive Zoning” programs set aside … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Neighborhoods, Politics, Uncategorized

Support CM Herbold’s amendment to increase developer’s affordable housing requirement in SLU and Downtown – your calls/emails to other CM’s are needed now

On Monday April 10th, 2pm a vote is scheduled:  don’t let developers get away with inclusion of only 2.1 percent of their units at affordable rents – support Herbold’s amendment raising it to 5%!  On Monday April 10th, 2pm the full … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Politics, Uncategorized, Upzoning

Words repeated often enough can change the growth debate whether true or not

Many city leaders, the planners representing them, and pro-upzone, pro-developer interests have put communities on the defensive by reframing the debate and mischaracterizing those who stand in their way Needless to say, it’s a tried and true political technique.  Repeating … Continue reading

Posted in City Hall, Density, Neighborhoods, Politics, Upzoning

Wounded anti-Milo protester speaks

Radical unionist gets married in hospital, still supports the right to bear arms and wants restorative justice, not prison, for his shooter On Jan. 20, Hex (a pseudonym), 34, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), was … Continue reading

Posted in Anarchism, George Howland articles, Politics, Protest, Resistance

First mayoral debate: Murray vs. Oliver

Before her candidacy for mayor of Seattle, Nikkita Oliver clashed with the incumbent over housing and police reform On March 22, 2016, Seattle Channel and KCTS 9 co-produced a forum, “Race, Justice & Democracy: Where Do We Stand?” presented in … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, George Howland articles, Neighborhoods, Politics

UDistrict upzone a lesson for other neighborhoods: Activists in Wallingford and Central Area know what to do

Juarez, Harrell, Bagshaw, and Gonzalez parrot Johnson’s pro-developer pro-density message and oppose efforts to minimize displacement reprinted from a column contained in Pacific Publishing Newspapers by Carolee Colter and John V. Fox Last month Seattle City Council unanimously approved covering … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Politics