Category Archives: Upzoning

Why is Rob Johnson spinning the facts so hard?

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

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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

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“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

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Only Nikkita Oliver and Bob Hasegawa measure up in race for Mayor

Carolee Colter and John Fox give their opinion on why it’s Oliver and Hasegawa in the race for Mayor, Jon Grant for Council Seat 8, and “anybody but Gonzalez” for Seat 9   Ballots are mailed out Wednesday for the … Continue reading

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Mayoral hopeful Hasegawa on neighborhood councils, density and a municipal bank

State Senator Bob Hasegawa, D-11th District, is running for Seattle mayor and critiques HALA, wants to empower neighborhoods and levy impact fees on new development By Neil Powers Since 2005, Bob Hasegawa, 64, has been a member of the Washington … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, Budget, City Hall, Density, Election 2017, Neighborhoods, Politics, Upzoning

City Council candidate Pat Murakami wants to restore the voice of the neighborhoods.  Can she unseat incumbent Lorena Gonzalez?

Guest column:  Susanna Lin writes about the race for city council Seat 9 Ah, it’s election time again.  For those of us who care about local politics (and you should too) it’s a buzz of excitement with numerous candidates who … Continue reading

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Establishment candidate for mayor has clearest path to November’s election

Jenny Durkan starts as the favorite in the August 1 primary but five others are competitive By George Howland Jr The race for mayor of Seattle is not wide open. There is one candidate, barring some unforeseen circumstance, who will … Continue reading

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