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Councilmembers propose new tenant protection legislation
Councilmembers Sawant and Licata to Propose New Tenant Protection Legislation
10/14/201535:11

Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata will unveil new legislation to protect tenants in substandard housing who are facing rent increases. The announcement follows last week's Department of Planning and Development inspection of property at 6511 Rainier Ave South, which documented 225 violations of the Seattle Housing and Building Maintenance Code. Tenants' rents at that property were set to double until they highlighted their living conditions, temporarily postponing the rent increase pending resolution of all building code violations.

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Councilmembers Sawant and Licata to Propose New Tenant Protection Legislation 10/14/15

Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata will unveil new legislation to protect tenants in substandard housing who are facing rent increases. The announcement follows last week's Department of Planning and Development inspection of property at 6511 Rainier Ave South, which documented 225 violations of the Seattle Housing and Building Maintenance Code. Tenants' rents at that property were set to double until they highlighted their living conditions, temporarily postponing the rent increase pending resolution of all building code violations.

Council Press Conference of 10/1/15: Tenant Living Conditions in Columbia City

Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata stands with Seattle Tenants to draw attention to the appalling building conditions facing renters at a building in Columbia City.

Council Press Conference of 8/31/15: Voice for Drivers Legislation

Councilmember Mike O’Brien introduces legislation that would give eligible drivers at taxi, for-hire, and transportation network companies a voice on the job and the opportunity to negotiate for improved working conditions with the companies they work for.

Council Press Conference: DPD Audit Request 6/30/15

Councilmember Mike O'Brien announces details of an audit he has requested regarding the Seattle of Department of Planning & Development's implementation of the affordable housing incentive zoning program.  A recent project brought problematic issues relating to the program to light, and O'Brien has called for an in-depth review as a result of the incident.  The City Auditor has agreed to proceed with the audit.

Council Press Conference: UW Earth Day Celebration

Councilmember Mike O'Brien was the keynote speaker at the University of Washington's Earth Day Celebration.

Council Press Conference: Green Lake Algae Cleanup
Councilmembers Jean Godden and Mike O`Brien announced today that funding was unanimously recommended by the Council`s Budget Committee to accelerate cleanup of toxic algae that has bloomed at Green Lake.
Council Press Conference: Neighborhood Park Ribbon Cutting
Councilmember Mike O`Brien joins 300 6th grade students from Whitman Middle School, their parents, neighbors and members of Crown Hill Neighborhood Association, Ballard District Council and Ballard Greenways to unveil a new safer route to school.
Council Press Conference: Minimum Wage Response
City Council`s Select Committee on the Minimum Wage and Income Inequality give their response to Mayor Ed Murray`s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. The Council will begin working on the proposal Monday, May 5 at 2:30 p.m. after receiving an in-depth presentation on the Mayor`s proposal from representatives in the Mayor`s office and from the Mayor`s Income Inequality Advisory Committee.
Councilmember Sawant Responds to Mayor`s Minimum Wage Proposal
Councilmember Sawant Responds to Mayor`s Minimum Wage Proposal
Council Press Conference: Minimum Wage
City Councilmember Sawant and supporters discuss issues of $15 hour minimum wage immediately for big business and a phase-in for small business, and address tip credit, total compensation, training wages and teenage wages.
Council Press Conference: Public Campaign Finance
Seattle City Council members Nick Licata, Jean Godden and Mike O`Brien hold a media availability on public campaign finance.
Council Press Conference: Marijuana Legislation
Seattle City Councilmembers hold a media availability on new marijuana legislation.
Seattle and King County Council Press Conference: Arena Votes
King County Council member Joe McDermott and Seattle City Council member Tim Burgress speak with members of the media following the City Council`s vote on the arena project.
Council Press Conference: New Arena Deal
Seattle City Councilmembers Sally J. Clark, Tim Burgess and Mike O`Brien announce they have reached an agreement with Chris Hansen`s ArenaCo for a new sports and entertainment arena they will recommend to their colleagues for approval by the Full Council.
Seattle City Council Press Conference: Proposed Arena Update
Councilmembers answer media questions regarding the letter they sent to Chris Hansen this morning.
Council Press Conference: Council Response to the Department of Justice
Councilmembers Harrell and Burgess give a response to the Department of Justice report.
Council Media Availability: Historic Preservation
Seattle City Councilmembers announce developments in preserving a Seattle treasure, the Seattle PI Globe. Joined by leadership from MOHAI and the Hearst Corporation, Councilmembers will discuss the Globe`s future.
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