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Council committee splits on Seattle rent control resolution

The Seattle City Council’s housing affordability committee couldn’t come to a consensus Thursday, splitting its vote 3-3 on a resolution calling on the state legislature to lift its ban on rent control.

Council member and D3 candidate Kshama Sawant and outgoing Council member Nick Licata sponsored the resolution. The Council’s Mike O’Brien joined the sponsors in voting for the resolution. They were opposed by committee chair John Okamoto and outgoing Council members Jean Godden and Tom Rasmussen.

The vote followed a rambunctious public comments session with many rent control proponents and Sawant supporters booing and hissing property owners and developers who spoke against the resolution.

The resolution is being planned for a vote by the full Council on October 4th. UPDATE: In a call for supporters to “pack” City Council chambers, Sawant said a vote is “likely” during the September 21st full session.

UPDATE x2: The plot thickens…

In the meantime, the first legislation based on the mayor’s affordability goal of creating 20,000 new affordable units in the next decade is moving forward. Sawant has said that the mayor’s plan does not do enough to address the city’s growing demand for affordable housing.

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Glenn
Glenn
5 years ago

sawant’s supporters really have to get past this booing and hissing thing. That is strictly intended to intimidate and silence opposition voices at forum’s at which all voices are to be heard. It is hostile, juvenile, and unbecoming a movement that purports to carry the flag for the disenfranchised among us.

Amy
Amy
5 years ago
Reply to  Glenn

Agreed!!!

Optimum
Optimum
5 years ago
Reply to  Glenn

She’s one of SEIUs politicians and the booing and hissing are very much SEIU type tactics. It is definitely not democracy when some try to intimidate.

Mike
Mike
5 years ago
Reply to  Glenn

It’s starts with Sawant. She needs to be a leader at some point.

Jim98122x
Jim98122x
5 years ago
Reply to  Mike

It’s sort of a chicken-or-egg syndrome. Does she pander to children, or does her style encourage the childish behavior? It’s a tossup. Before I even finished this article I already knew what was coming. Shocked. Or, not.

zeebleoop
zeebleoop
5 years ago
Reply to  Glenn

yes, a group of children with no parental figure. which is why i won’t vote for her; even if she were a bacon sandwich.

dale allen
dale allen
5 years ago

Correct me if I’m wrong.Did’nt Sawant say she represented 10″s of 1000″s of people.I did’nt know her district had that many people.King’s had court jesters,we have a city council jester.
Sawant’s accomplishments
Port of Seattle 1 Sawant 0
$15 minimum wage Mayor Murray 1 Sawant 0
End of rent control.Haha that cracks me up.Not in my lifetime
So,what has she accomplised?

OmariTahir-Garrett
OmariTahir-Garrett
5 years ago

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