Rent Control FAQ

April 22nd, 2019

April, 2019 The cost of renting a home is a crucial determinant of living standards for working people. With homeownership increasingly less affordable for working people, especially young people, half of Seattle is renting. Seattle is not alone, with every metropolitan region in the nation seeing a dramatic increase in the proportion of renting households. […]

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I stand with Seattle educators: We need democratic flexibility for local school levies

April 22nd, 2019

Some Democratic legislators in Olympia are trying to undermine collective bargaining, force teacher pay cuts, and siphon public money away from our unionized district schools and towards non-union charter schools. I stand with the Seattle Education Association and all educators. My letter to union members and allies: Monday, April 22, 2019 Dear Seattle Educators: As […]

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Petition: Seattle demands rent control!

April 15th, 2019

Seattle is in the throes of a stunning and unprecedented affordable housing and homelessness crisis. Skyrocketing rents are driving working-class households, seniors, students, and especially working families of color out of our city. Sign below, or if you can collect signatures, click below for a downloadable version of the rent control petition. We need rent […]

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Let’s take action to win back a new Central District Post Office!

April 9th, 2019

Walk into any Post Office on a weekday lunch hour, or on a Saturday morning, and you’ll see a beehive of activity of working people, families of color, retirees, local small business owners. So many of us depend on the Post Office for connecting with family and friends. Worlds get connected as people eagerly receive […]

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I stand with Capitol Hill tenants facing extortionate rent hikes

March 24th, 2019

Working people in Seattle are confronting an affordability crisis of unprecedented proportions – but renters, like the tenants at the Kenton Apartments on Capitol Hill, are fighting back. My Council office was proud to join them on March 21 as they launched their campaign against eye-popping rent hikes as high as 69 percent. Check out […]

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Petition: United with Central District Tenants Against Eviction & Displacement!

March 18th, 2019

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Chateau Apartments tenant Renee Gordon: Time to put people before profits!

March 4th, 2019

  I am honored to stand with the Chateau Apartment tenants, who are facing eviction from their Central District neighborhood by Cadence Real Estate, a big for-profit developer. Last Thursday, I held a press conference with the Chateau tenants, clergy, and other community supporters. Renee Gordon, one of the tenants, spoke up – her statement […]

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Worker, organization and community letters of support for the resolution calling for a transparent and inclusive search for the Human Services Director position

February 27th, 2019

Below are an arrangement of letters my office has received for organizations, workers and community members in relation to the appointment of a new permanent director at the Human Services Department. Our office has put forward a resolution calling on the Mayor to undergo an inclusive and transparent search for this vital position, which oversees […]

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Letters between my office and the Mayor’s office on the Human Services Department and Jason Johnson

February 27th, 2019

My office has stood proudly with the human service workers, and other community members in their demands for an inclusive and transparent search for a permanent Human Service Department Director. Below are letters between my office and the Mayor’s office over the course of the last year, requesting the Mayor’s Office attend and speak at […]

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Powerful letter to Mayor Durkan from Halcyon Mobile Homeowner

February 26th, 2019

Below is a letter my office received from a homeowner at the Halcyon Mobile Homes Park, Patty Zeitlin, in response to a recent letter from Mayor Durkan attacking the Halcyon community’s hard won moratorium stopping redevelopment of their community. We stand proudly with fighters like Patty in their struggle to stay in their homes and […]

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