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appointed that put our communities, low-income and working people first.
Our new mayor will:
•Cancel $100 million in city funding, reworking the west portion of Mercer Street, to be used instead to retrofit the Magnolia Bridge (now in danger of collapse);
•Veto planned upzones in every neighborhood already with excess capacity and that’s exceeding its growth targets (meaning just about every neighborhood);
•Push Metro bus transit to reopen the free-ride zone;
•Divert the $10 million now committed to planning for streetcar expansion and call for developer-impact fees to pay for bridge and road repairs and sidewalks; and
•Call for a clear and explicit tolerance policy for homeless encampments, including car camping, and propose millions more in the budget for shelters.
Sponsored by City Councilmembers Licata, Tom Rasmussen and Bruce Harrell, new legislation will require developers to replace one-for-one all low-income housing they remove, and the city’s multifamily tax-break developer-giveaway program will be abolished.
Our City Council will establish a true citizen/police accountability board — the only way to effectively implement the Department of Justice’s order and prevent unwarranted use of force and ensure bias-free policing.
Some of these wishes may be farfetched, but it doesn’t hurt to dream….
JOHN V. FOX and CAROLEE COLTER are coordinators for the Seattle Displacement Coalition ( www.zipcon.net), a low-income housing organization. To comment on this column, write to