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Tax credits at work in the neighborhoods

The City’s Office of Economic Development (OED) has a range of tools to assist businesses and industries in Seattle, with creating jobs, vitalizing neighborhoods, and growing an ever-stronger economy. One of those tools is financial support through allocation of federal New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC). The City’s New Markets entity, the Seattle Investment Fund (SIF), […]

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Visiting YouthBuild.

Guest post by LaTonya Brown, Legislative Aide Sally and I visited YouthBuild, a nationally recognized pre-apprentice construction training program housed at the Georgetown campus of South Seattle College. This was an amazing and heartfelt tour that every public agency contractor and labor group should invest the time to attend. We were joined on the tour […]

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Continuing the foreclosure fight

At the top of the year I’m lining up committee and “special project” priorities for 2015. We’ll launch new initiatives this year, but several projects started in 2014 will carry over. One of these projects focuses on foreclosure prevention, specifically mortgage principal reduction as a way to keep people in their homes. Zillow reports that […]

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A week in Councilmember Clark’s office

Guest Post by Hallie Huffaker Coming in as a weeklong intern randomly in December with no experience in government work, I was not expecting much from my time in Councilmember Clark’s office. However, I was blown away with the amount I have been able to see, learn and help out with despite my lack of […]

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Housing affordability committee needs your voice

The City took our first steps this past September toward creating a plan for housing –particularly affordable housing — in Seattle by launching a Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee. The group has until the end of May to report back to the Mayor and Council with a vision and recommendations for how to achieve […]

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Budget 2015

We’re just about to end our work adopting a City budget for 2015. Each year we go through hours of review and discussion about available revenue, efficiency, effectiveness and values. This year’s review, wrapping with a Full Council vote Monday, Nov. 24, like most others I’ve had the privilege to be part of, has focused […]

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Field trips during 2015 budget review

Councilmembers have been locked in 2015 city budget review for the past few weeks on our way to a final vote the Monday before Thanksgiving. It’s a little difficult to schedule other work during this time because we’re in three-hour sessions morning and afternoon, but breaks do come up to give staff time to research […]

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Linkage Fees

Councilmember O’Brien and I submitted a guest opinion piece to the Seattle Times about linkage fees.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you can read it here:   Guest: Seattle needs a linkage fee to make housing more affordable for lower-income residents

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Home, it’s where I want to be.

Just got back from the official launch for our new housing affordability and livability plan. The plan, outlined in this resolution, convenes an advisory committee to establish a Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, due to Council and the Mayor in May. There’s more information in the Mayor’s press release. Below are my comments as […]

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The Rise of Microhousing

First we called them aPodments, but that soon switched to micros. Whatever you call them, they inspire either horror at the resurgence of the old-time single-room-occupancy hotel or they look to be the latest and greatest in affordable urban living. After Tuesday’s Planning, Land Use & Sustainability meeting they’re also the subject of a possible […]

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