Posts for March, 2013

Exploring Targeted Local Hire

March 22nd, 2013

This weekend, Got Green and the Construction Jobs Equity Coalition are hosting a Community Jobs Forum to discuss the idea of a Targeted Local Hire campaign. The idea behind local hire is to ensure that local residents access the work created by our local tax dollars.  Targeted Local Hire would goes one step further by […]

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Finding the right price in South Lake Union

March 15th, 2013

For the past several weeks, the Council has been considering affordable housing provisions in South Lake Union (and I’ve written up my thinking on the topic here and here). As we approach our final decisions on the rezone, how we address affordable housing is one of the biggest choices we have left to make. In […]

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Affordable housing is good for the environment

March 8th, 2013

Urban density is important, especially for meeting our environmental goals as a city. The exercise of developing our Climate Action Plan over the past year has been one of ascertaining not if Seattle should develop into a denser city, but how. This includes shortening distances between where people live, work and play. When we do […]

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Public Financing – a tradition of democracy in Seattle

March 8th, 2013

Yesterday, the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC) convened to discuss a proposal for Public Financing of local elections in Seattle. During public testimony, John King from Washington Public Campaigns reminded the Commission that though exciting and complex, public financing of local elections is not a new idea. In fact, the public financing option has […]

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An opportunity for more workforce housing in South Lake Union

March 4th, 2013

Seattle needs more workforce housing. Specifically, I am referring to housing that people earning 60%-80% of the area median income (AMI) can reasonably afford to live in. Based on the City’s Office of Housing chart on AMI and affordability, that’s housing that a family of four earning between $52,000 and $64,000 per year can reasonably […]

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