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MFTE Changes to Increase Affordability and Number of Rent Controlled Units in Some SEDUs

February 25th, 2015

On Monday, the Full City Council approved a change to the Multifamily Housing Property Tax Exemption Program (MFTE) for developments of Small Efficiency Dwelling Unit (SEDUs), sometimes called Apodments or microhousing.   The MFTE program exempts property owners from paying a portion of their property tax when they agree to provide income-restricted units (what I […]


One Night Count Numbers Jump 21%

January 23rd, 2015

Each year the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, organizes a one night count of people all over King County sleeping in their cars, in doorways, under bridges, in greenbelts, and in doorways.  This year 1000 people participated in the count.  This year, these volunteers counted 3,772 people without shelter in King County last night.  This […]


Motion to Consider Limited Fossil Fuel Divestment Passes

November 21st, 2014

The intent is to do only what’s responsible to the pension-system and t0 those invested in it, using the most cost-efficient timing.


Mayor Announces Public Symposium on Medical Marijuana

November 13th, 2014

I believe that for I-502 to be successful, the medical marijuana industry needs additional regulation.


Update on City Actions in Response to Immigration Resolution

October 15th, 2014

What I thought was equally important for the City of Seattle was that the resolution also looked at our own practices and committed the City of Seattle to redouble efforts.


UP #355: My letter to Congress regarding the Gaza crisis

August 13th, 2014

Since the beginning of last week, over 1,000 people have contacted my office expressing their thoughts and concerns about the conflict between Israel and Hamas, and whether it is within the role of a Seattle City Councilmember to express their opinion on these kinds of issues. I believe that it is important for Councilmembers to […]


First Annual Report on Rental Housing Inspection Program

August 6th, 2014

The program is intended to identify substandard housing and ensure that all rental housing in Seattle is safe and meets basic housing maintenance requirements.


Council Passes Resolution to Use Next Round of SPOG Negotiations to Strengthen Police Accountability

July 25th, 2014

The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild (SPOG) expired on December 31, 2013.  Soon the parties will be negotiating a new contract. On Monday, July 21, the Council passed Resolution 31535 agreeing to use the next round of SPOG negotiations to strengthen police accountability.  In particular, […]


UP #354: Should we build rail on First Avenue downtown?

July 7th, 2014

This past Monday, the Council granted my request to delay voting on Resolution 31526, relating to the proposed Center City Connector (CCC) street rail project slated for First Avenue. The resolution would have both adopted the City Connector Transit Study Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) and would have endorsed efforts to pursue federal funding for the […]


North Rainier Hub Urban Village and the Mount Baker Station Area Overlay District

June 24th, 2014

This past Monday, June 23rd, Council Bill 118111 was approved by the Full Council. Specifically, the legislation does four things:   1. Rezones land in the North Rainier Hub Urban Village; 2. Expands the Mount Baker Station Overlay District; 3. Amends development standards; and 4. Implements incentive zoning obligations for affordable housing and open space. […]