Category Archives: Politics

The Seattle City Council elections: our predicted winner in each race isn’t always who we would prefer

The good, bad, and ugly and our wishes for the victors Ok folks, here’s our predictions for the seven Seattle City Council races.  Mind you, they are not always who we would prefer, but rather those most likely to succeed.  … Continue reading

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

Shaun Scott’s vendetta against single family housing – where 60 percent of all Seattleites live

Scott suggests you’re racist if you don’t want to abolish single-family zoning: does that mean 88,000 people renting one in Seattle are racist (28 percent of renters) and 29 percent of all African-Americans? South of Othello between 46th S and … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, City Hall, Density, Displacement, Gentrification, Housing Preservation, Neighborhoods, Politics, Upzoning

Our response to Shaun Scott’s claim you’re a climate-change denier if you don’t jump on his pro-density crusade.

Scott claims he has a corner on “hard data” but there’s nothing environmentally sound about cramming more growth into Seattle’s neighborhoods   We’re breaking records for new rental construction in Seattle at three to four times our normal annual rate.  And … Continue reading

Posted in Density, Politics, Transportation, Upzoning

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