Tag: Rental Housing

Monday Full Council Vote on Rental Housing Inspection Legislation

September 28th, 2012

In this way we will significantly improve the condition of unsafe rental housing.

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Urban Politics #298: Social Equity and Urban Growth

September 13th, 2010

On Monday evening, Monday September 20, 2010, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., I will host an event called Can We Achieve Social Equity Using Smart Growth? It will be held in the Seattle City Council Chambers located on the Second floor of City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, in downtown Seattle.

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Urban Politics #293: Rental Inspections

May 26th, 2010

On Wednesday, May 26, the City Council Committee on the Built Environment (COBE) heard and voted to approve my proposed legislation enacting a rental housing inspection program to inspect rental housing for conditions that endanger or impair the health and safety of renters. I expect the Full Council to vote Tuesday, June 1st, on this legislation and its two accompanying resolutions.

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Urban Politics #287: Rental Inspections

March 17th, 2010

Last week the State Legislature passed Senate Bill 6459, or administrative warrant authority.

Previously, under the residential landlord tenant act a court could issue a search warrant only if a criminal fire code violation existed. Passage of SB 6459 expands the law to allow for administrative search warrant authority for housing code violations. This is a significant expansion since it allows the City to inspect more rental units.

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Urban Politics #241: Rental Housing Inspection

November 5th, 2007

For the 2008 City budget, I am proposing $75,000 in funding for the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to develop a rental housing licensing and inspection program that would identify and bring substandard rental housing into housing code compliance. The resulting recommendation would propose a structure and staffing for such a program. Structure and staffing could be for a pilot program rather than one that is city-wide. Proposed licensing fees or other funding mechanisms could also be recommended.

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Urban Politics #116: Council Bill 113697 – Space Needle Views

November 5th, 2001

Today the City Council took two important votes that will impact the future landscape of our city. The first was a vote on Council Bill 113697 that would amend our SEPA ordinance to narrow view protections of the Seattle Space Needle to ten parks. The other Council Bill 113818 amended the land use and zoning sections of the Municipal Code to allow developers to provide off-site parking (that is, parking provided on a different lot than the lot containing the use for which the parking is required) by a permit process.

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Urban Politics #109: A Roundtable Discussion On Artists’ Spaces

May 20th, 2001

Join me this Tuesday, May 22, 2001,from 10:30AM to 12:00 PM at The Dome Room in the Arctic Building, 700 3rd Ave, at 3rd Ave & Cherry Street. (enter through the side entrance, off Cherry Street) for a discussion on artists’ spaces.

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Urban Politics #104: Pioneer Square Tour

March 31st, 2001

Recent events in the Pioneer Square Historic District have turned Seattle’s oldest neighborhood inside out. Between Mardi Gras and the Nisqually Quake, this community of artists, small retail establishments and restaurants, residents, and music venues is struggling to maintain its vitality in the face of destruction.

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Urban Politics #42: Initiative 45 Debate Televised – Tonight

July 15th, 1998

Tonight at 7PM, on the Municipal Cable Channel 28, I will be debating Jordan Brower, author of Initiative 45, on the talk program. The debate will be repeated again, for those who have mastered your VCR’s programming abilities, this Thursday at 2:00 A.M. and 10:30 A.M.

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Urban Politics #32: Emancipation Ball

April 5th, 1998

As part of an effort to provide more entertainment opportunities for Seattle s youth, a number of City Council Members have been looking at making adjustments to existing ordinances regulating teen dances and postering, or providing more venues for teen activities and communicating information regarding the youth music scene.

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