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City Council holds public hearing on 2020 Seattle budget proposal

The Seattle City Council will hold a public hearing Thursday night on the 2020 budget.

Typically, the hearing is the first chance for the public to speak out on funding issues in the mayor’s proposal that kicks off the annual process.

CHS reported here on Mayor Jenny Durkan’s $6.5 billion 2020 budget plan where some of the big gains — and small, too — in the proposal come from “one-time” revenue infusions from events like the Mercer Megablock sale and public benefits cash received in exchange for public right of way used in the expansion of the downtown convention center.

The City Council is busy shaping the edges of the 2020 proposal in a process that will continue through the month.

D3 representative Kshama Sawant’s office is calling on her supporters to speak out Thursday night on affordability in the city and the proposed rent control legislation she rolled out last month:

We need rent control, and what’s clear after our rent control committee last month is that people are ready to fight for it. Over 250 people packed City Hall at our vibrant discussion On September 23 at City Hall, where we unveiled our movement’s draft rent control legislation, and heard from renters, small landlords, workers, and community members. We have collected 12,000 signatures from ordinary people across the city who are demanding rent control, and 20 labor and community organizations have endorsed rent control in Seattle!

Thursday’s session begins at 5:30 PM and will be broadcast by the Seattle Channel.

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1 year ago

Boston budget is $3.48 billion. Seattle is almost double. Why?

Movement? What movement?
Movement? What movement?
1 year ago

“Our movement”

Kshama prattles on about her “movement” of maybe 1,000 people. Looked at through a “Seattle lens,” that’s pretty pathetic. Another famous Seattle blowhard, “Pastor Mark” of Mars Hill Church (before he imploded) was pulling in several thousand ‘followers’ every week. Any number of hip young evangelists here in Seattle have more substantial ‘movements’.

But they don’t claim they can run the world economy.

And 12,000 unverified signatures represent a tiny fraction of registered Seattle voters. For all the time she’s put into it, Kshama’s pet cause doesn’t seem to be gaining steam.