Council Candidates Desperate for “Likes,” Lack Leadership; I’m Voting “Present”

Tomorrow voting ends in the most important election that Seattle has ever had, and I can’t make up my mind what to do. This year all nine council seats are up for grabs and there are 47 candidates running for those nine spots. When it comes to land use and housing issues, the ones that […]

How to HALA? Bring Back the Neighborhood Development Managers!


I wrote this e-mail to Councilmember Mike O’Brien back in March of 2014. The idea of bringing back the Neighborhood Development Manager (NDM) function has come up again and again in my conversation with neighbors I disagree with. Not just once, but many times. Neighbors are frustrated with what they often see as runaway growth. […]

MIZU: The Same Effect as Rent Control?


One wonders what government would do without acronyms. Perhaps government programs would end up with catchy brand names like pharmaceuticals or cars. The Multifamily Tax Exemption (MFTE) Program might be called simply Multaxa or Exemptor. The Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee has a whole glossary of acronyms at the end of it’s […]