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CHS November 2013 election reader endorsement thread

Murray and McGinn faced off in October's Capitol Hill mayoral candidate forum

Murray and McGinn faced off in October’s Capitol Hill mayoral candidate forum

Let’s get partisan. CHS has covered the major races and issues from a Capitol Hill point of view — but there is plenty left to say. With ballots arriving in mailboxes, it’s time to make your mark. Make your pitch in the comments for candidates, initiatives and propositions or provide links to any useful endorsements you believe should be top of mind when your neighbors are filling in their bubbles.

CHS Election 2013 Coverage

Mayor

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From July’s The Mayor of Capitol Hill: 5 questions about the Hill, from the Hill

1) What is your answer to keeping rent in a neighborhood like Capitol Hill affordable?

McGinn: Capitol Hill is popular. Rents are going up because more people want to live there than the current housing supply can support. To keep prices affordable will require new market rate housing, supporting new housing types like micro-apartments, supporting subsidized affordable housing projects, and providing incentives to new development to incorporate affordable units. As long as Capitol Hill remains vibrant and exciting, we will have to employ a variety of strategies to keep housing more affordable. In that regard, we have worked with Sound Transit and the Capitol Hill community to bring affordable Transit Oriented Development around the new light rail station. We have also made the East Precinct parking lot available for the new 12th Avenue Arts Center, which incorporates affordable housing. With the dramatic improvement in our economy, it’s also time to review our expectations for new development. That’s why I worked with Councilmember Conlin to put together a new committee that has brought together community members, affordable housing providers, developers and other experts. We’ve asked Tom Tierney and Morgan Shook to co-chair the committee. Tierney is recently retired from his position as Executive Director of the Seattle Housing Authority and Shook is a member of the Planning Commission and a Senior Associate at BERK Consulting. You can learn much more about this committee by visiting my website: http://mayormcginn.seattle.gov/next-steps-on-affordable-housing/ I am a supporter of micro-apartments, but am also working with Councilmember Conlin to address some concerns about the review process for these projects. Finally, we will continue to support new market rate developments so long as they meet our expectations for design, historic preservation and other public benefits.

Murray: Rental rates are increasing throughout the city, and vibrant, urban neighborhoods like Capitol Hill have been hit particularly hard. Although we are experiencing a record surge in the development of new rental units, demand has remained high due to the influx of thousands of new employees for businesses like Amazon. We must not allow Seattle to become a city where only the affluent can afford to live.

We have to increase our stock of affordable housing, particularly in denser areas like Capitol Hill. We have the ability, as a city, to offer incentives to developers and impose restrictions upon them in order to get them to include affordable units in new projects. There are other tools the city can use, like Community Benefit Agreements that can spur the creation of more affordable and workforce housing. And we need to encourage the development of micro-housing, which is a popular housing option for younger, lower income and single people, though we also have to ensure that such developments are properly regulated. As Mayor, I will pursue all of these options.

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harvardave2013
harvardave2013
7 years ago

Murray is sadly a lock. Consider a vote for Sawant so there is at least some attempt at balance between the council and the mayor.

votesawant.org

Prost Seattle
Prost Seattle
7 years ago
Reply to  harvardave2013

Doesn’t O’Brien already play that role on the council?

East Coast Cynic
East Coast Cynic
7 years ago
Reply to  Prost Seattle

Considering the Milquetoast establishmentarian bent of the council, we need as many people as possible on the council pushing for progressive change–e.g., right of way public transportation all over Seattle.

vparker
vparker
7 years ago

Please don’t forget to vote O’Brien. He’s not a lock and Shen is nowhere close to Mike O’Brien’s dedication to environmental issues.

calhoun
7 years ago
Reply to  vparker

O’Brien is a McGinn lapdog. My vote goes to Albert Shen.

vparker
vparker
7 years ago

Sue Peters. Also consider Peters in the school board race. You can learn more about her big money opponent here http://kuow.org/post/could-wealthy-few-decide-seattles-school-board-races

NYlove
NYlove
7 years ago

Second for Peters.

Dear Bill,

I am a public school parent in your own general neighborhood of Seattle. I realize you have an interest in public education, and are a major participant and funder in the current “education reform” efforts being attempted nationally.

Unfortunately, I don’t agree with a number of the choices and “investments” you are making in our schools. I believe they have not been that effective, and some of them are even damaging.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sue-peters/open-letter-to-bill-gates_b_779226.html

SSanchez
SSanchez
7 years ago

McGinn
Sawant
O’Brian
Peters for School Board

And don’t forget to smack down the latest Eyman initiative which would make it easier for him to inflict himself upon us.