FRONTLINE Documentary is an Important Warning

The PBS investigative program FRONTLINE has an important film about the runaway prosecution of a Chinese family bank that is worth your time to watch. The reason I suggest it, is that it presages what might happen in Seattle if the obsession about foreign investor being behind rising housing prices. I’ve written about this before […]

The Mayor and City: Bad Policy Backed by Bad Data.

There is a pretty damning report by Daniel Person at the Seattle Weekly that found the City, and in particular the Mayor, cooked the books on the impacts of the $15 minimum wage To review, the timeline seems to have gone like this: The UW shares with City Hall an early draft of its study […]

This Week in Olympia: Another Cash Grab by Non-Profit Housers

Late last week I spotted a post on Facebook that I really couldn’t believe. The non-profit housing group the Housing Development Consortium (HDC) and Futurewise are pushing to use funds generated from the Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) for affordable housing. The legislation, House Bill 1797 I can’t put it any other way: This is¬†outrageous. […]