It won’t be the decisive bout on the issue of rent control, but a Monday evening debate will be the first major event in Seattle to focus on the policy.
In the left corner, City Council member and District 3 candidate Kshama Sawant and her Council colleague Nick Licata. In the right corner, Republican state Rep. Matthew Manweller of Ellensberg and Smart Growth Seattle director Rodger Valdez. Former City Council member Peter Steinbrueck will officiate.
At the developer-backed organization Smart Growth Seattle, Valdez has spent much of his energy advocating for pro-density policies at the city level. He’s also written about how the city should use affordability policies already in place instead of pursuing rent control. Manweller is also not a fan:
Stupid is as stupid does. Rent control has failed everywhere it has ever been tried. This is the “fatal conceit”. http://t.co/DqAg64knFf
— Matt Manweller (@MManweller) June 9, 2015
The Town Hall Seattle event starts at 6 PM on Monday.
Should rent control be part of a bold and comprehensive set of solutions to the dire affordable housing shortage in our city?
On July 20th, Councilmember Nick Licata and I will debate in favor of rent control. The anti-rent control position will be presented by Washington State Representative Matt Manweller and Growth and Development Lobbyist Roger Valdez. The debate will be moderated by former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck.
With average rents in Seattle’s neighborhoods ranging from $1,063 – $1,871 per month and 47% of tenants “rent burdened,” more and more people are recognizing that the market has failed to deliver on affordable housing.
At the same time, big developers and corporate landlords are saying louder than ever that rent control is a failure.
Which is correct? Does rent control work? Will it solve Seattle’s affordable housing crisis? Is it even possible in Seattle?
If you support rent control, suffer from skyrocketing rents, or simply want answers to how we can solve our affordable housing crisis, please join us at this exciting debate.
This Rent Control Debate has been Endorsed By:
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Entre Hermanos, Gender Justice League, IBEW Local 46, LGBTQ Allyship, Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), Martin Luther King County Labor Council, NAACP, Seattle/King County Chapter, Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA), Puget Sound Sage, Real Change, Seattle Displacement Coalition, Seattle Gay News, Seattle Housing and Resource Effort (SHARE), Socialist Alternative, Tenants Union of Washington State, Washington CAN, Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, 15 Now
Questions? Contact Adam Ziemkowski in Kshama Sawant’s office: firstname.lastname@example.org; 206-684-8016
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