fairness and justice

Primary Election Results

After a long and way too expensive primary season, the results are in (at least most of them). While it appears that each of the three incumbents up for reelection made the runoff, none of them received 50% or more of the vote, which has to be somewhat disappointing for their campaigns.

Primary Election Results

Downtown Alley Code Amendment: It’s really elementary my dear Watson.

We’ve had it with broken promises at all levels of city government. This Alley Code Amendment is not an unreasonable request. It’s something that is long overdue in order to have functional design of loading, waste, and delivery facilities in downtown Seattle.

For District 7 Candidates, you have no excuse for “waffling” on the issue unless you really don’t support us and don’t have the guts to say so.

Downtown Alley Code Amendment: It’s really elementary my dear Watson.

Vote for Gene Burrus for City Council District 7

After much review and discussion, we voted to endorse Gene Burrus. Gene Burrus most closely aligns with our values and understands and supports without equivocation our Downtown Residents Alliance positions on the critical issues for downtown livability.

Vote for Gene Burrus for City Council District 7

Washington Ranked 5th Worst State to Retire

A recent study by bankrate.com found Washington is the fifth worst state in the country to spend your retirement years, based on factors including affordability, crime, culture, weather, and wellness, among others. Only Illinois, Alaska, New York, and Maryland fared worse.

Washington Ranked 5th Worst State to Retire

NATURAL LIGHT MATTERS: It’s the Essence of Life

Three new condo projects in varying stages of development in downtown Seattle: Emerald, First Light, and Spire all recognize the importance of natural light to the health and enjoyment of life of homebuyers, and each promotes natural light as a selling point to potential buyers.

NATURAL LIGHT MATTERS: It’s the Essence of Life

District 7 Council Candidates Answer Key Questions

After researching all of candidates in the District 7 Seattle City Council race, attending a number of Candidate Forums, and talking with the five we thought were best aligned with our values and downtown livability, we emailed each of them a list of five key questions and asked for short, succinct answers. Below are the answers we received, in alphabetical order, without edits:

District 7 Council Candidates Answer Key Questions

Stop Making Excuses For Failures of Seattle's Criminal Justice System

When you are pointing a finger at someone, you are pointing three fingers back at yourself. Some serious introspection is needed here…and stop making excuses! If the problem with the City’s criminal justice system is a lack of money, a good administrator will have in his pocket at all times a list of steps and associated costs to fix the problem. If the problem is a philosophical one, own up to it, and defend it vigorously.

Stop Making Excuses For Failures of Seattle's Criminal Justice System

Mayor or Monarch?

I’m sure it’s easy to forget that you are not a Monarch, but a public servant elected for a four-year term. And if you want another term, we'd suggest you start acting like a public servant and become responsive, not defiant, in response to citizens’ legitimate concerns.

Mayor or Monarch?

Downtown Design Review Board Asleep At The Wheel…Again!

The Developer of the Silver Cloud continues to disregard Code [SMC] and repeated direction from the Design Review Board (DRB) and SDOT as it proceeds through the Recommendation phase. And the DRB has not held them accountable. Unless modified Silver Cloud will have a devastating environmental impact on surrounding streets and right-of-ways.

Downtown Design Review Board Asleep At The Wheel…Again!

Fairness in Design Review

Open letter to Nathan Torgelson, Director SDCI:

When you read the Mission Statement of the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI), “As stewards and regulators of land and buildings, we preserve and enhance the equity, livability, safety, and health in our communities”, it is easy to see how far from your mission you have strayed. We request a meeting with you and any other decision maker with the authority to require the Design Review process be structured to represent and protect all parties’ interests.

Fairness in Design Review

Governor Inslee please veto HB1923 and say no to developer special interests. The bill weakens SEPA and takes away the public's right to comment.

Governor Inslee please veto HB1923 and say no to developer special interests. The bill weakens SEPA and takes away the public's right to comment. "It would be especially disappointing to see the most pro-environment presidential candidate sign a bill prioritizing special interests over the public’s ability to seek redress under his state’s signature environmental policy."

 Governor Inslee please veto HB1923 and say no to developer special interests. The bill weakens SEPA and takes away the public's right to comment.

Glimmer Of Hope For First Light Project

Finally, SDCI is requesting the First Light Applicant [2000 3rd Ave.] to address most of what we’ve been asking for years. The Correction Notice states in part “Please also indicate the expected frequency of commercial deliveries and of residential move-ins/move-outs. As the project will provide three loading bays, please provide turning movement diagrams demonstrating that each bay can be accessed when other bays are occupied. Please also indicate whether and to what extent trucks using the loading bays will extend into the alley when ramps or lift gates are deployed….

Glimmer Of Hope For First Light Project

Wake Up Jenny

Wake up Jenny! You need to quit running from one carefully orchestrated photo-op to the next playing City Cheerleader and proclaiming Seattle is thriving, when Bartells says “No more stores downtown. It’s too dangerous.” What we need is a tough problem-solving Mayor, one who is serious about dealing with the life-threatening, livelihood-threatening, and livability-threatening issues we have in Downtown and elsewhere.

Wake Up Jenny

We Deserve Better than this City Council

You would think that with all the missteps they have made and continue to make; and with this year being a local election year, that they would at least be feigning interest in what their constituents have to say. Evidently not!

We Deserve Better than this City Council

Open Letter to Mayor Durkan

I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, but you really blew it on Tuesday when you were asked about your response to the KOMO News feature, “Seattle Is Dying”; and you said that the show was not representative of Seattle, that most of the city is thriving. How can you be so out of touch with reality? And show no compassion for the people suffering and dying on the streets?

Open Letter to Mayor Durkan

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

If you've ever wondered how City leaders can claim big initiatives you've never heard of have broad public support, they likely spring from forums like the Imagine Downtown Open House happening this Thursday at City Hall from 6-8:30 pm.   By summer this public/private consortium will have collected feedback to "refine, combine and compile Big Ideas" into a vision plan for the future of downtown. Don’t be left out. Please attend this Thursday's forum on Transportation or send your ideas via email.

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

Slow Down and Get MHA Up-Zoning right!

As the City Council gets closer to passing the Citywide Mandatory Housing affordability bill, I believe that the results downtown should give them pause. The City has used downtown as the “canary in the coal mine”. And the canary died.

Slow Down and Get MHA Up-Zoning right!

Another Terrible Traffic Study: C’Mon Man!

The original TENW Traffic Study for First Light #3026416 at 2000-3rd Ave. and its Update of 1/3/19 (posted 1/16/19) are incomplete and misleading. The foundation of the study’s projection of future traffic volumes (and cumulative impact) is completely invalid having excluded the project’s closest tower neighbors .

Another Terrible Traffic Study: C’Mon Man!

Too Big To Fail: Part 3 of 4; Jiffy Lube Site/Silver Cloud Hotel [#3025502]

The Applicant ignored all substantive design guidance from EDG1: loading design, turn radius study, alley circulation, waste storage niche --only to focus on ribbons, colors, palette, etc. That’s like saying "The patient is terribly sick and may die...but is wearing a lovely color of hospital gown.” And what did the Board do in response? They passed the project on to the Recommendation Meeting phase. Unbelievable! If you agree, please voice your displeasure by writing to prc@seattle.gov.

Too Big To Fail: Part 3 of 4; Jiffy Lube Site/Silver Cloud Hotel [#3025502]