Seattle Human Services, Equitable Development, & Renter Rights Committee 4/23/19
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Seattle Human Services, Equitable Development, & Renter Rights Committee 4/23/19


GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYBODY.>>THIS IS THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING OF HUMAN SERVICES EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT AND RENTERS RIGHTS COMMITTEE OF THE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL. THE TIME IS 2:10 PM AND WE ARE IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS. WE — I HOPE WE WILL BE JOINED BY OTHERS. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A COMMITTEE MEETING REGARDLESS. WE HAVE JUST COME FROM A VERY EXCITING PRESS CONFERENCE WHERE SENIORS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS HAVE SPOKEN CLEARLY ABOUT WHY THEY WANT THE CENTER AND SENIOR CENTER TO BE HELD FOR PUBLIC USE IN PERFECT PERPETUITY IN THE HANDS OF THE COMMUNITY. WE WILL HAVE THEM AT THE TABLE IN A FEW MINUTES. THEY WILL TALK ABOUT THEIR EFFORTS TO TRANSFORM PROPERTY TO NONPROFITS CURRENTLY OPERATING OUT OF THE BUILDING. THE NONPROFITS HAVE HAD A MUTUAL AND OFFSETTING BENEFIT LEASES. THAT MEANS THEY USE THE PROPERTY RENT FREE TO PROVIDE AN INVALUABLE SERVICE TO THE CITY PROVIDING CRUCIAL COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL SPACE. TRANSFERRING FORMAL OWNERSHIP CHANGES NOTHING IN TERMS OF THE COMMUNITY BENEFITS DELIVERED BY THESE PROPERTIES. HOWEVER, IT WILL MAKE SURE THAT THESE SPACES WILL BE SPACED FOR SOCIAL AND PUBLIC USE INTO PERPETUITY AND THEY WILL NOT BE UP FOR GRAB BY FOR-PROFIT DEVELOPERS.>>MOST IMMEDIATELY $1.455 MILLION WAS GRANTED AND THIS HAS BEEN UNABLE TO COLLECT BECAUSE THE CITY OF SEATTLE HAS UNACCEPTABLY DELAYED TRANSFERRING THE PROPERTY OWNERSHIP FOR THE PAST SEVEN YEARS. NOW IF THE STATE LEGISLATOR DOES NOT REALLY APPROPRIATE THE MONEY THEY WILL LOSE THE GRANT AND THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. AS OF NOW, THAT RE- APPROPRIATION, REASSIGNING THAT $1.5 MILLION FOR USE IS IN THE HOUSE CAPITAL BUDGET WHICH IS GOOD. IT IS NOT IN THE SENATE BUDGET YET. UNLESS A SPECIAL SESSION IS CALLED COME THE STATE BUDGET WILL BE FINALIZED BY THE END OF THIS WEEK. THAT IS WHY IT IS URGENT THAT WE MAKE SURE THE STATE LEGISLATURE ENSURES THAT THE $1.5 MILLION ARE THERE FOR USE BY THEM REGARDLESS OF WHEN THE OWNERSHIP IS TRANSFERRED. COMMITTEE MEMBERS WILL BE SPEAKING TODAY ABOUT HOW THEY HAVE ADVOCATED FOR THIS IN THE PAST SEVEN YEARS THROUGH THREE MALE ORIOLE ADMINISTRATIONS. LAST NOVEMBER THE CITY COUNCIL SET A DEADLINE FOR THE END OF MARCH TO COMPLETE THE TRANSFERS. THAT DEADLINE HAS ALSO NOW PAST. LATER IN THE MEETING WE WILL TALK TO THE DIRECTORS COMMISSION, THE CHAIRS OF THE COMMISSION WILL DISCUSS THEIR WORK PLAN FOR 2019 AND THE COMMISSIONS WORKGROUP WILL PRESENT ON 2 OF THEIR MOST RECENT POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS, RENT CONTROL AND EXTENDING THE NOTICE TO TENANTS FOR RENT INCREASES TO 180 DAYS. THESE ISSUES ARE INTERCONNECTED BECAUSE WE ARE SEEING IN A CITY THAT IS VERY QUICKLY BECOMING A PLAYGROUND FOR THE WEALTHY AND BIG BUSINESS, ORDINARY PEOPLE ARE HAVING TO STRUGGLE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND ACCESSIBLE SOCIAL SPACES. I’M REALLY GLAD THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE BOTH THESE DISCUSSIONS TODAY. BEFORE WE START THE DISCUSSION DO WE HAVE PUBLIC COMMENT? >>ACTUALLY WE DO. 15 PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP. I AM APPEALING TO EVERYBODY TO STICK TO ONE MINUTE EACH. THAT WAY WE CAN HEAR EVERYBODY FOR 1 MINUTE. AND THEN WE CAN BEGIN OUR DISCUSSION. PART OF THAT DISCUSSION IS ALSO OUR NEXT STEPS. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO AFTER TODAY? >>I WILL CALL THE NAMES IN ORDER OF SIGNING AND I WILL CALL SEVERAL NAMES EACH TIME SO THAT YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE COMING UP NEXT SO YOU CAN LINE UP AT THE MICROPHONE AND AND KNOW THAT THERE ARE TWO MICROPHONES. IF YOU HEAR YOUR NAME CALLED AS THE NEXT SPEAKER YOU CAN GO TO THE OTHER MICROPHONE AND BE READY SO WE DON’T SPEND TOO MUCH TIME BACK AND FORTH IN SPEAKERS. >>OUR FIRST THREE SPEAKERS ARE RUBY HOLLAND, MARGARET RASHAN AND THE HONORABLE MICHAEL FULLER. >>PLEASE LOOK AT THE TIMER HERE. >>YOU NEED TO CREATE AN ANTI- DISPLACEMENT PLAN FOR EVERY HOMEOWNER AND EVERY URBAN VILLAGE IN SEATTLE OR MAKE EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD SHARE IN THE DENSITY CRISIS. ANYTHING LESS IS A JOKE AND IS SEEN FOR WHAT IT IS. A LAND GRAB. THE OVERTLY DISCRIMINATORY MHA IS TAKING PRIME PROPERTY OUT OF THE SENIORS, ASIANS HISPANICS AND BLACK AND PLACE IT INTO THE HANDS OF GREEDY DEVELOPERS. IF YOU THINK WE ARE GOING TO WALK AWAY FROM OUR PROPERTY WHILE THE REST OF SEATTLE GOES ON WITH THEIR LIVES AS IF NOTHING HAS HAPPENED, THAT’S WRONG. THAT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. TO SUGGEST THAT PEOPLE OF COLOR SELL THEIR LAND AND RETURN TO RENT FROM THE VERY PEOPLE THEY SOLD TO IS AN INSULT AND APPALLING. SEATTLE CITIZENS REJECTED THE MHA BECAUSE THEY KNOW THE VALUE OF PROPERTY OWNERSHIP. I ASK EVERY HOMEOWNER, RENTER, BUSINESS OWNER AND PRO BONO ATTORNEY TO STAND WITH US IN SOLIDARITY AS WE FIGHT THIS GORGE TO PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO OWN PROPERTY AND TO LIVE IN SEATTLE. WE NEED TO TELL DURKAN AND HER RACED THIS MACHINE THAT WE VALUE THE DIVERSITY AND REJECT THE VISION OF AN ALL-WHITE SEATTLE. IF YOU WANT OUR PROPERTY, YOU WILL HAVE TO FIGHT ME FOR. CALL OFF THE PITBULLS. >>THANK YOU. >>AFTER SIX MONTHS OF A TRUST PASS. I WENT INTO MY ARCHIVES AND BROUGHT UP THIS CENTRAL CONNECTOR, JULY, SEPTEMBER OR JULY THROUGH SEPTEMBER. THAT IS SOME TIME AGO AND I STILL HAVE IT. IT IS A NICE LEAD. IT IS A PROGRAM OF WHAT THEY HAVE GOING ON. WHAT I SEEN BEING PRODUCED IS TELLING BLACK PEOPLE IN 2019 THAT THEY ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO LEAD. THEY ARE NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO HOLD ONTO SOMETHING THAT THEIR CHILDREN WALKED THROUGH THERE. THEY HAD FUNERALS IN SOME OF THOSE PLACES, RE-PASSES, ALL KINDS OF THINGS. I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT THOSE WENT ON IN THOSE TWO BUILDINGS AND NOW YOU TURN AROUND AND THIS IS 2019 AND A NEW BREED OF INSTITUTIONALIZED SLAVERY AND THE WORST BLACK MASSACRE ON IS THAT I HAVE BEEN THROUGH. I WAS JUST COMING UP ON DOCTOR KING WAS BEING MURDERED. NOW IN FULL GROWN. YOU STILL ARE PERPETRATING FRAUD ON US. I SAY NO MORE. NO MORE. >>THE HONORABLE MICHAEL FULLER IS NEXT AND CASSANDRA SMITH AND JIM WILL FALL. I AM APOLOGIZING IF I DON’T SAY YOUR NAMES CORRECTLY. >>SO, AS I CONTINUE IN PRAYER, I CAN’T HELP IT BECAUSE I WAS IN A COMA FOR MONTHS. IT TOOK ME TWO YEARS TO LEARN HOW TO EAT, TALK AND WALK THROUGH THE GRACE OF MY GOD. I CAN’T HELP IT THAT I HAVE BRAIN DAMAGE AND I CAN’T HELP IT, I ALWAYS REMEMBER WHAT MY TWO NEUROLOGIST TOLD ME THAT PEOPLE WOULD TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ME BECAUSE I HAVE BRAIN DAMAGE. 400 YEARS ENSLAVEMENT AS OF AUGUST 2019. NOW, MARTIN LUTHER KING DIED. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? TO WHAT? YOU GET IN WHERE YOU FIT IN. THAT VIOLATES THE FIRST 10 AMENDMENTS OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS AGAINST OUR OWN. 2996 DEATHS, 2997 STATIONS AND 343 FIREFIGHTERS AND 19 HIJACKING DESS AND THEN YOU TALK ABOUT ONE AMERICA? IT IS A WAR ON AMERICA. THAT VIOLATES TITLE 18 CHAPTER 73 ABDUCTION OF JUSTICE AND TITLE 18 U.S. CODE CHAPTER 2441 WAR CRIMES. YOU ARE NOT FIGHTING FOR ME. YOU ARE IN THE BLACK LIVES OF MATTER COMMUNITY. BLACK LIVES MATTER BUT THIS IS NOT THE CHANGES OR THE DREAM. BLACK LIVES MATTERS CANNOT BELIEVE IN THIS. THIS IS FOR THOSE WHO FOUGHT TO MAKE THESE.>>YOU ARE NOT FOOLING ME. >>YOU NOTE THAT FOR THE RECORD AND YOU LET THE RECORD REFLECT. >>OKAY. SARAH JEAN SINGLE FREE AND THEN JOHN PAULSON. >>>>MY NAME IS CASSONDRA SMITH. I AM A PRODUCT OF SEATTLE. I GREW UP ACROSS THE STREET FROM GARFIELD HIGH SCHOOL. I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BE BLESSED TO TRAVEL IN AND OUT OF SEATTLE MOST OF MY LIFE. I HAVE WATCHED THE DECLINE OF MINORITY COMMUNITIES AND CHINATOWN WHERE I ALSO GREW UP. I’M WATCHING THESE COMMUNITIES DISPERSED. MARY DURKAN WERE STANDING HERE, WHAT IS YOUR EXCHANGE?>> SOMETIMES YOU DON’T HAVE TO ASK BEFORE YOU TAKE BECAUSE YOU NEED TO CONSIDER, WHERE WOULD YOU PLACE THE SEASON EXCUSE ME’S SENIOR CITIZENS IF YOU TOOK? WHERE WOULD THEY GO? WHAT WOULD THEY DO? THE SAME WAY BACK IN THE EARLY PART OF THE 90s, 91 AND 92, THEY WENT TO ASK PEOPLE FOR THEIR HOMES DUE TO IGNORANCE THEY SOLD THEIR HOMES. NOT KNOWING UNTIL 2019 IS STILL THE SAME. YOU ARE TAKING AND TAKING. I AM ASKING EVERYONE, PLEASE SIGN AND STAND UP FOR WHAT MATTERS. >>GO AHEAD. >>MY NAME IS SARAH JANE SIEGFRIED. I AM HERE AS A REGULAR USER OF THIS CENTRAL. THIS IS ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY, THE GATHERING PLACES FOR SENIORS TO SOCIALIZE AND TO MAINTAIN ATTRITION AS WE AGE IN OUR HOMES. SENIOR CENTERS ARE ESSENTIAL. WE KNOW THAT SENIORS WHO ISOLATE LIVE SHORTER LIVES. THEY ARE MORE LIKELY TO DETERIORATE AND DIE YEARS EARLIER THAN SENIORS WITH ACTIVE SOCIAL LIVES. SEATTLE HAS UNDERFUNDED AND NEGLECTED SENIOR CENTERS. GIVEN OUR COMMITMENT TO OUR SOCIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE AS IT AMENDS TWO YEARS OF RACISM, THIS DELAY IS INEXCUSABLE. WE ASK THE MAYOR TO TRANSFER THE CENTRAL AND GREENWOOD CENTER NOW WITHOUT DELAY. THANK YOU. >>>>MY NAME IS JIM WAKEFIELD. I AM THE CEO OF SOUND GENERATIONS. THE CITY COUNCIL HAD THE FORESIGHT TO PASS A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE MAYOR TRANSFER THE OWNERSHIP OF THE PROPERTY OF BERBER PLACE AND THE SENIOR CENTER TO THOSE ORGANIZATIONS BY THE END OF MARCH. UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO HER IN ACTION I LOOK FORWARD TO THE CITY COUNCIL TAKING THE LEAD AND ENSURING THE PROPERTY IS TRANSFERRED. THANK YOU. >>WE HAVE MINDY ALEE, LORI LACKEY — AM I SAYING THAT RIGHT, AND JOHN BARBER. >>MY NAME IS JOAN PAULSON. I COME TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION FOR ALL THREE ORGANIZATIONS TO BE APPROVED. THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY MAYOR IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE SINCE THE LATE 60s OR EARLY 70s WHO HAS MOVED AHEAD ON THESE THREE PROJECTS. I DON’T EXPECT A LOT OUT OF OUR CURRENT MAYOR IN REGARDS TO THAT EITHER. THIS IS AN ISSUE OF SOCIAL ECONOMIC JUSTICE THAT NEEDS TO BE REMEDIED. IT NEEDS TO BE PUT FORWARD. I RECOMMEND THAT YOUR COMMITTEE MOVE THIS WEEK, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE TO MOVE THIS THREE PROJECTS TOGETHER AND TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP. THE MAYOR HAS NOT FULFILLED HER OBLIGATIONS. >>THANK YOU. >>HELLO. I AM MINDY LEE. I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO THE SENIOR CENTER. WHAT I’M SEEING HERE TODAY IS COMMUNITY. IT IS AMAZING. AND AS MUCH AS PEOPLE NEED FOOD AND A FAMILY AND A PLACE TO LIVE, THEY NEED COMMUNITY. IT IS ANOTHER PART OF PEOPLE’S LIVES THAT KEEPS THEM HEALTHY, CONNECTED, VITAL. DON’T LET THE MAYOR SELL THIS PROPERTY BECAUSE IT HAS A GOOD VIEW. THESE PEOPLE NEED THAT PROPERTY.>>NO MORE DELAYS.>>MY NAME IS LORI LUCKY. I HAVE BEEN A MEMBER OF THE CENTRAL AREA SENIOR CITIZEN FOR 4 YEARS. I AM A RESEARCH ADMINISTRATOR AND I GO TO THE SENIOR CENTER MOSTLY FOR LINE DANCING AND MEALS. ALSO FOR SOCIAL GROUPS THERE AND THE WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE FROM THE MOMENT YOU ENTER THE FRONT DOOR. I THINK THAT IF WE LOOK AT THE OVERALL MEMBERSHIP THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST AFRICAN-AMERICAN CENTERS IN SEATTLE. THIS IS SENIORS WHO GREW UP UNDER JIM CROW AND DISCRIMINATION. THEY DID A WORK THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DID NOT WANT TO DO. THEY DIDN’T NEED TO DO IT BECAUSE THEY WERE PRIVILEGED. THESE PEOPLE DESERVE THEIR SENIOR CENTER. THEY DESERVE THIS VIEW HAD TO HAVE A NICE PLACE TO GO AND SEE EACH OTHER. THEY REPRESENT THE INSTITUTIONAL HISTORY JUST LIKE THE NORTHWEST AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM DOES OF AFRICAN- AMERICANS AND BLACK. IT IS A SOCIAL HISTORY IN THEIR MIND. IT IS THE PROUD CITIZENS REPRESENTED. THEY ARE MOST DESERVING. IF THE MAYOR CHOOSES NOT TO GIVE OVER OUR CONTROL OF THE SENATOR AND OUR DIRECTOR I WILL CONSIDER THAT SHE IS JUST A PART OF WHAT WE THINK OF AS THE INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM. THANK YOU. >>NO MORE DELAYS. WE WILL DO SOME MORE CHANTING. >>AFTER JOHN BARBER WE HAVE SHARON AND MADISON NICHOLS. >>MY NAME IS JOHN BARBER. I THINK IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO ENABLE THE TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP OF THE CENTRAL AREA SENIOR CENTER TO THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION THAT HAS HAD ITS DREAM OF THIS FOR SO MANY YEARS. MY WIFE AND I MOVED TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN 1971. WE KNEW AT THAT TIME THAT THERE WAS A GROUP ORGANIZED LOOKING FOR HOME. WE WERE THERE IN 1972 WHEN THERE WAS A STATEWIDE BOND ISSUE. THEY HAD A FACILITIES BOND ISSUE. IT PASSED BY A VOTE OF 700,000 TO 500,000 VOTERS IN WASHINGTON. WE VOTED TO TAX OURSELVES TO HAVE THIS KIND OF COMMUNITY FACILITY. THESE BOND ISSUE MONIES HELPED PURCHASE THE PROPERTY. SINCE THE BEING AT THE CENTER WE HAVE MADE MANY FRIENDSHIPS. WE HAVE ENJOYED THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMS THEY ARE. IT KEEPS US TOGETHER AS A NEIGHBORHOOD AND THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO KEEP THIS FACILITY OPERATING AS A SENIOR CENTER.>>NO MORE DELAYS.>>HELLO. I AM A RESIDENT OF THE COMMUNITY. I HAVE LIVED THERE FOR 35 YEARS. I WAS A SINGLE PARENT AND STILL THERE. I AM THERE WITH MY MOTHER AND I AM TAKING CARE OF HER AT THIS TIME. I AM A FORMER BOARD MEMBER OF THE SENIOR SERVICES WHERE I PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN KEEPING THE CENTER THERE. I FOUGHT FOR THAT AND I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT. I AM ALSO THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL WHERE I FOUGHT FOR THE COMMUNITY TO REMAIN THE SAME TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND MAKE THE PARK. WE MADE THE PARK SO WE COULD LIVE IN AND WORK IN. WE MADE ALL OF THAT. WE SUPPORTED THAT, WE GOT THE MONEY TO DO THAT SO WE COULD BE ABLE TO ENJOY IT. WE ARE NOT BEING ABLE TO AT THIS TIME BECAUSE WE ARE MEETING MOVED OUT. I HAVE WORKED HARD. I WAS ALSO ON THE CENTRAL DISTRICT COUNCIL WITH MR. MARKET SKELLY WHO HAS BEEN MY MENTOR. HE HAS TAUGHT ME HOW TO FIGHT FOR OUR COMMUNITY. I STAND HERE TODAY TO FIGHT FOR CENTRAL AREA SENIOR CENTER. I WILL NOT GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT. I WANT US TO CONTINUE TO HAVE THAT CENTER. I WANT TO TELL YOU A LITTLE STORY ABOUT MYSELF. I WAS STRUCK WITH ARTHRITIS ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO. I WAS NOT WORKING. I WENT TO CENTER AND I HAD ALWAYS BEEN A PART OF THAT CENTER. I WENT THERE AND I WENT TO THE SLIDERS EVERY FRIDAY. I COULD HARDLY WALK. I BEGAN TO WALK AGAIN. I WENT TO THE SLIDERS EVERY WEEKEND. NOW YOU SEE ME I CAN DO ANYTHING. THAT IS BECAUSE THAT COMMUNITY LIFTED ME UP ON A DAILY BASIS AND WAS ABLE TO BE A PART OF. THANK YOU. >>NO MORE DELAY. HELLO. MY NAME IS MADISON McCOMB. — >>BEFORE MADISON GOES, AFTER HER WE HAVE PASTOR RICK LANKFORD THEN NANCY CRAFTON AND THE REVEREND WANTED TO SAY A FEW WORDS. >>HELLO. MY NAME IS MADISON McCOMBS. I AM A STUDENT AT SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY. I AM COMMENTING ON ITEM NUMBER 3. I WANT TO COMMENT THAT EVERYTHING WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT TODAY I AM ALSO SUPPORTING AS WELL. I BELIEVE THAT RENT CONTROL AND EXTENDING RENT INCREASE NOTICES ARE POLICIES THAT WILL HELP MAKE SEATTLE A MORE EQUITABLE PLACE TO LIVE ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE DIFFERENT CLASS STATUSES. WE BELIEVE THAT THESE POLICIES WILL SUPPORT AND INCREASE ABILITY FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE, PEOPLE OF COLOR, WOMEN AND FEMALE HEAD OF HOUSEHOLDS, THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE POLICIES NEED TO BE PUT IN THE FOREFRONT OF OUR MINDS AND PUT FIRST. POLICIES LIKE THESE NEED TO BE PRIORITIZED AND OVERALL IF WE PRIORITIZE THE MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE IT WILL MAKE SEATTLE A BETTER PLACE FOR US TO LIVE FOR ALL OF US. WITH THAT IN MIND I REITERATE THAT I AM REPRESENTING SEATTLE AND MYSELF AND MULTIPLE OTHER INDIVIDUALS IN SUPPORTING THE POLICIES OF RENT CONTROL AND EXTENDING RENT INCREASE NOTICE. THANK YOU. >>I AM THE MINISTER OF THE ST. MARK’S LUTHERAN CHURCH. I HAVE THREE QUESTIONS. I INVITE THE COMMUNITY TO RESPOND WITH ME. MY FIRST QUESTION IS, WHAT DO WE WANT? >>CENTRAL AREA COMMUNITY? >>WHAT DO WE WANT IT? >>I SAID WHAT DO WE WANT? >>CENTRAL AREA SENIOR CENTER. WHEN WE WANT IT? >>NOW. >>WHEN WE WANT IT? >>WHO MUST ACT ON THIS THE MAYOR. >>ONE MORE TIME. >>THE MAYOR. >>MAKE IT CLEAR. >>WHAT DO WE WANT AND WHEN DO WE WANT IT? >>WHO MUST ACT? >>THANK YOU. >>NO MORE DELAYS. OKAY. MY NORM NAME IS NORMA ROBINSON. I WANT TO SAY TO STOP HIDING BEHIND LOW INCOME AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING WHEN THEY WANT TO TAKE PROPERTY FROM SENIOR CITIZENS AND OWNERS. WHAT IS LOW INCOME AND WHAT IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING. WHO CAN AFFORD A VIEW LIKE THIS SENIOR CENTER HAS? IF SHE CAN TELL ME WHO CAN AFFORD THAT, THANK YOU.>>NO ONE. >>NO MORE DELAYS. OKAY. THAT’S HOLD UP THE RED PLACARDS EVERY TIME WE CHANT. >>MY NAME IS NANCY GRATTON. I AM DISMAYED THAT THE SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL IS NOT HERE TODAY. LET ME CALM DOWN. >>MY GODMOTHER HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE SEATTLE SENIOR CENTER FOR 51 YEARS. SHE IS A BRIDGE PLAYER. SHE WAS A BRIDGE PLAYER. SHE IS 98 YEARS OLD. THE COMMUNITY CENTER WAS HER SAFE PLACE. SHE LOVED TO GO THERE. I AM PERPLEXED THAT THE CITY HAS NO PROBLEMS WITH THE OTHER SENIOR CENTERS BUT THEY SEEM TO BE EAGER TO TURN THIS BUILDING OVER. I LOVE THE SENIOR CENTER. I ACTUALLY ATTENDED THE DIABETES WORKSHOP AND I’M NOT DIABETIC. I JUST LOVE — I TRIED DOING THE SLIDE BUT I’LL SLIDE WELL. BUT I DO GO UP THERE AND JOIN THE SENIORS FOR LUNCH. I LOVE BEING AROUND SENIORS. I’M A SENIOR. I LOVE BEING AROUND THE SENIORS AT THE CENTER. THEY ARE 80 AND 90 YEARS OLD. THAT IS THEIR LIVELIHOOD, THEIR LIFE. TO TAKE THAT AWAY FROM THEM IS TOTALLY DISRESPECTFUL. SO, IT IS A PLACE WHERE SENIORS CAN PARTAKE IN ANY OF THE MANY ACTIVITIES. THEY LOVE IT. I AM GOING TO STEP DOWN NOW AND SAY NOT THIS TIME. >>NO MORE DELAYS. NEXT WE HAVE OUR LAST SPEAKER AND THEN I WILL ASK THE PRESENTERS TO COME TO THE TABLE AFTER SHE FINISHES SPEAKING. >>THIS IS AN AUSPICIOUS DATE TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT IN THE WORLD. THERE IS ALWAYS A GOOD TIME TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT. YOU KNOW THAT WE ARE HERE BECAUSE WE HAVE A RIGHT TO BE HERE. WE ARE THE DESCENDENTS OF THE STOLEN ONES. WE HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE. THIS IS HOW LONG WE HAVE BEEN IN AMERICA. WE HAVE A RIGHT TO BE HERE. WE SPEAK IN THIS RIGHT TODAY. I AM SPEAKING FOR THE POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY WHO HAS USED THIS MORE THAN ONCE. I HAVE GROWN TO BE A SENIOR. >>I AM GROWN. ISN’T THAT A BLESSING? >>IT IS A BLESSING TO GROW TO BE A SENIOR. ALL RIGHT. ISN’T THAT FABULOUS. AND WE ARE ALL WELL AND THE SENIOR CENTER HELPED KEEP PEOPLE WELL. THE MAYOR, THERE IS NO EXCUSE. REALLY AND TRULY, YOU CAN’T BEHIND EXCUSE ME HIDE BEHIND ANYTHING ELSE. LET’S JUST DO THE RIGHT THING. JUST REALLY SHOW THAT YOU HAVE SOME RESPECT AND YOU BELIEVE THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY DO THE JOB. BLACK PEOPLE HELPED BUILD THIS COUNTRY. WE KNOW WE CAN KEEP THE SENIOR CENTER. ALL WE NEED IS AN OPPORTUNITY. WE WANT YOU TO PUT A CRACK IN THE DOOR AND WE WILL COME ON IN. JANE BROWN SAID, WE WILL GET IT FOR OURSELVES. >>OKAY. THANK YOU EVERYBODY WHO SPOKE. WE HAVE CENTRAL STAFF AND THE POLICY ANALYST WHO WILL BE JOINING US. THEN WHILE YOU ARE COMING I WANT TO CLARIFY, I THINK WE HAVE MORE PEOPLE, RIGHT? WE HAVE MICHAEL ANDREW. WHO IS THAT? >>ANDREW. >>I WANTED TO SAY, A LOT OF THE POLITICIANS HERE DON’T LIKE THIS KIND OF A MEETING. COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE HERE IN BIG NUMBERS AND CHANTING AND DEMANDING THEIR RIGHTS. I HAVE TO SAY THAT IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF THING THAT GIVES ME THE MOST PLEASURE. THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE. THANK YOU FOR DEMONSTRATING WHAT CITY HALL OUGHT TO BE. IT IS CITY HALL. IT BELONGS TO EVERYBODY IN THE CITY. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HERE. >>FOR THE RECORD, BECAUSE WE HAVE TO CONDUCT THE MEETING IN A CERTAIN WAY. I NEED EACH PERSON TO GIVE ME A ONE SENTENCE INTRODUCTION AND THEN WE WILL HAVE CENTRAL STAFF INTRODUCE SOME POINTS AND THAT IT IS A FREE-FLOWING DISCUSSION. PLEASE FEEL FREE. >>DIANE FERGUSON, CENTRAL AREA SENIOR CENTER; ANDREA CAUPAIN, BYRD BARR PLACE; MIKE ANDREW, PUGET SOUND ADVOCATES FOR RETIREMENT ACTION (PSARA); JEFF SIMMS, COUNCIL CENTRAL STAFF THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE. JEFF, CAN YOU KICK US OFF? >>OF COURSE. THE DEFINITION OF THE LEASE, THAT IS MUTUAL AND OFFSETTING BENEFITS. THE TENANT HOLDER PAYS A PORTION OF THE LEASE BY PROVIDING A SERVICE. SOME AGENCIES DO MAKE CASH PAYMENTS THAT TYPICALLY WOULD NOT BE ANYWHERE NEAR THE AMOUNT OFFERED IN SERVICES. GOING BACK SEVEN YEARS, THE COUNCIL IN 2012 PASSED A SLIDE IN WHICH IT ASKED TO EXPLORE THE STATUS AND LOOK FOR RECOMMENDATIONS ON ACTIONS TO TAKE. SOME HIGHLIGHTS FOUND THE STATUS QUO SITUATION WAS NOT SUSTAINABLE DUE TO INCREASING COST FOR MAINTENANCE. THE REPORT AND RESPONSE PROVIDED THE RECOMMENDED OF THE SALE TO THE PROPERTY AFTER THE SENIOR CENTER DEMONSTRATED THE ABILITY TO MAINTAIN THE PROPERTY. IN 2016 THE OFFICE OF HOUSING DATA AND AN EXAMINATION AND DETERMINED IT WAS NOT SUITABLE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING. MORE RECENTLY THE CENTER STONE RECEIVED IN THE CAPITAL BUDGET FROM THE STATE TO GRANT THROUGH THE BUILDING COMMUNITIES FUND THE PROGRAM, A REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM. 25% OF RENOVATIONS OR MAINTENANCE CAN BE REIMBURSED AFTER THE FUNDS ARE EXPENDED. IT WAS REAPPROPRIATED IN 2017 TO 2019 IN THE APPROPRIATION FOR THE CAPITAL BUDGET MEETING THOSE FUNDS WOULD EXPIRE ON JUNE 30 OF THIS YEAR. AT THIS TIME THOSE FUNDS ARE REAPPROPRIATED. IN 2017 A CONTRACTOR RECOMMENDED THAT TRANSFER OF THESE PROPERTIES AND THE GREENWOOD SENIOR CENTER. FIND NOTING, THE CANCEL PAST RESERVATION 31856 AND A BUDGET DISCUSSION IN WHICH THE CANCEL RESOLVED TO COLLABORATE WITH THE EXECUTIVE TO COMPLETE THE TRANSFER OF THE CITY-OWNED PROPERTIES. AS YOU KNOW THERE WAS A DEADLINE SET OF MARCH OF THIS YEAR TO TRANSFER THOSE PROPERTIES. AT THIS TIME THE MAYOR’S OFFICE HAS DRAFTED CRITERIA OUTLINING THE WAY THEY WOULD ASSESS WHEN IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO TRANSFER PROPERTY WITH SUCH A LEASE. THESE WERE PURPOSELY DRAFTED TO APPLY TO ALL SIX PROPERTIES, NOT JUST THE THREE THAT ARE MOST NOTABLY INDICATING PROPERTY TRANSFER. THERE HAVE BEEN COMMENTS ON THIS CRITERIA AND EDITS WERE MADE. THOSE COMMENTS HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND. WE EXPECT THE FINAL CRITERIA SHOULD BE PROVIDED TO THE COUNCIL CLOSE TO MAY 1. IT MAY BE MAY 2. 2019, THAT WOULD OUTLINE FINAL CRITERIA USED TO DETERMINE IT IS APPROPRIATE TO TRANSFER THE PROPERTY AND THEN BEGIN TO ENGAGE IN NEGOTIATION FOR PURCHASE AND SALE AGREEMENTS. ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS? >>NOT AT THIS TIME. YOU WILL STAY HERE SO IF WE HAVE QUESTIONS WE WILL MAKE SURE TO NOTE THEM. I’M WONDERING IF DIANE AND ANDREA WANTED TO GO NEXT AND DESCRIBE THEIR EXPERIENCE OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED. ALSO, I’M GLAD JEFF MENTIONED THE CRITERIA. HOW DO THESE FALL INTO OUR DISCUSSION OF AN AGREEMENT THAT WAS SUPPOSEDLY MADE YEARS AGO AND THE COMMUNITY HAS BEEN TRYING TO DO THIS FOR 7 YEARS. >>FOR THE SENIOR CENTER, I CAN SPEAK. THE ELIGIBILITY AND EVALUATION CRITERIA THAT WAS PRESENTED TO US AT AN INTERDEPARTMENTAL TEAM MEETING WENT FAR BEYOND WHAT WAS NECESSARY IN TERMS OF WHAT THE REFERENDUM NOTED AS TO HOW PROPERTY COULD BE SOLD OR TRANSFERRED. IT WANTED US FOR ONE THING, IT ADDED A NEW CRITERIA THAT WAS NOT A PART OF THE ORIGINAL REFERENDUM IN WHICH THE STATE AND THE PEOPLE VOTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CENTRAL AREA SENIOR CENTER SITE AND THE GREENWOOD SITE COULD BE SOLD. THAT WAS THEY WANTED US TO LOOK AT AND OFFERED TO THEM A DEVELOPMENT FEASIBILITY PLAN AS TO HOW WE WOULD DEVELOP THE PROPERTY. SO THE MINUTE THAT I SAW THAT I IMMEDIATELY WROTE BACK TO THE INTERDEPARTMENTAL TEAM AND SAID THIS WAS NOT SOMETHING THAT WAS A PART OF THE ORIGINAL REFERENDUM. IT WAS NOT PART OF THE 1975 CONTRACT THAT WAS SIGNED BY THE MAYOR WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WHERE THE PROPERTY WAS THEN TRANSFERRED TO THE CITY OF SEATTLE AFTER THE LEVY WAS SUCCESSFUL. WHAT HAPPENED WAS IT WAS A CAN OF WORMS. THE CRITERIA WAS THAT IF WE WANTED TO STAY ON THE PROPERTY WE NEEDED TO PRESENT TO THEM A DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING WHICH WE KNOW IS A CAN OF WORMS AND MY RESPONSE TO THEM WAS THIS IS NOT PART OF WHAT THE RESOLUTION SAID THAT WAS PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON NOVEMBER 18. IT IS ALSO NOT PART OF THE REFERENDUM REQUIREMENT AND WE ú QUESTION AND SOMETHING THAT WE COULD NEVER SATISFY AND IN OUR WORK AT THE SENIOR CENTER, ONE THING THAT WE HAD TO DO WAS MEET WITH THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS AND WE MET WITH THE OFFICE OF HOUSING AND DID A STUDY OURSELVES AS WELL AS THE OFFICE OF HOUSING. THE FIRST THING THEY NOTED AND WROTE IN THEIR REPORT WAS BECAUSE WE ARE ON A STEEP SLOPE ON THE 31st AVENUE SIDE IT COULD NEVER BE AFFORDABLE HOUSING BECAUSE IT WOULD TAKE SO MUCH MONEY TO FIRM UP THAT SLOPE THAT BEFORE YOU DID THAT TO BUILD HOUSING IT COULD NEVER BE AFFORDABLE. WE THROUGH OUR PARTNERSHIPS AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH MEDIA AND PUBLIC INFORMATION ACT THAT I WOULD SUGGEST EVERYBODY UTILIZE, WE WERE ABLE TO GET A COPY OF REDACTED INFORMATION WHERE THE MAYOR AND HER TEAM MET ON DECEMBER 7 OF 2018 AND DRAFTED THE CRITERIA OF ELIGIBILITY AND EVALUATION FOR THE NOVEMBER 18 AND WILL BE PROPERTIES. AT THAT MOMENT IN TIME THE EVALUATION CRITERIA ALSO SUGGESTED THAT AT THE CENTRAL AREA SENIOR SITE IT WOULD BE A WONDERFUL SITE TO BUILD 10 SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSES. SO WE ARE JUST REAL CONCERNED. WE WANT TO MOVE FORWARD. WE THINK THAT IT IS NOT HONEST AND DISINGENUOUS TO WHAT THE RESOLUTION WAS THAT WAS PASSED BY THE COUNCIL. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>NO MORE DELAYS.>>MAN HAS TO ONE FOLLOW-UP QUESTION AND WE WILL OPEN IT UP FOR DISCUSSION. YOU MENTIONED AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE THE REFERENDUM. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WATCHING THIS AND PEOPLE ARE ALSO WATCHING IT ON LINE. THIS IS AVAILABLE FOR THEM ONLINE THROUGH THE SEATTLE CHANNEL. CAN YOU TELL US WHEN THE REFERENDUM WAS PASSED, WHAT DID IT SAY AND YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT REFERENDUM WHICH MEANS VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN. >>YES. I DO HAVE IT. WE QUOTED IT IN OUR PIECE. IN OUR MEMO THAT WE SENT TO THE INTERDEPARTMENTAL TEAM ON MARCH 26. REFERENDUM 29 IT SAID THE TRANSFER OF REAL PROPERTY AND FACILITIES TO NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS, PUBLIC BODIES MAY TRANSFER WITHOUT CONSIDERATION REAL PROPERTY AND FACILITIES ACQUIRED CONSTRUCTED OR OTHERWISE IMPROVED UNDER THE SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES FACILITIES 1972 BOND ISSUE TO NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS ORGANIZED TO PROVIDE INDIVIDUALS WITH SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN EXCHANGE FOR THE PROMISE TO CONTINUALLY OPERATE THEIR SERVICES BENEFITING THE PUBLIC ON SITE. THAT SUBJECT TO CONDITIONS IN THIS SECTION. FURTHERMORE IT IS A NONPROFIT CORPORATION SHOULD USE THE REAL PROPERTY AND FACILITIES FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS AS THE APARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES DEEMS. ADULT JUVENILE CORRECTIONS AND ATTENTION, CHILD CARE, DRUG ABUSE AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT, MENTAL HEALTH, AND VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION. THE DEED TRANSFERRING THE PROPERTY IN SUBSECTION 1 OF THIS SECTION MUST PROVIDE FOR IMMEDIATE REVERSION BACK TO THE PUBLIC BODY OF THE NONPROFIT CORPORATION IF THE NONPROFIT CORPORATION CEASES TO USE THE PROPERTY FOR THE PURPOSE DESCRIBED IN THE SUBSEQUENT ONE OF THIS SECTION. PRIOR IS AT TRANSFER ALLOWED WITH NO FURTHER CONSIDERATION, I.E. WRITTEN PROMISE TO CONTINUE TO SERVE THE PUBLIC, THE DEED MUST PROVIDE FOR IMMEDIATE REVERSION BACK TO THE PUBLIC BODY IF THE NONPROFIT CORPORATION CEASES TO USE THE PROPERTY FOR THE PURPOSES DESCRIBED IN SUBSECTION 1. THAT IS ACTUALLY WHAT THE REFERENDUM CALLED FOR. IN THE CASE OF THE SENIOR CENTER OF THE PURCHASE PRICE IN 1975, IF WE CAN IMAGINE, WAS $300,000. THE MONEY FOR THAT PROPERTY, 185,000 OF IT CAME FROM THE REFERENDUM ITSELF WHICH WAS VOTED ON BY THE PEOPLE. SUNRISE WHICH WAS A JEWISH CONVALESCENT NURSING HOME BUILT IN 1955 WANTED THE SENIORS THERE TO OPERATE PROGRAMS AND HAVE THE FACILITY SO MUCH SO THAT THEY GAVE $100,000 TOWARD THE EFFORT OF THE $300,000 AND THE MEMBERS ITSELF COLLECTED ANOTHER 15,000 TO MAKE UP THE 300,000 THAT PURCHASED THE BUILDING. THE CITY DID HAVE TO UNDER THE GUISE OF THE MAYOR WHO WAS PRO- ADVOCATE FOR THE SENIOR CENTER, HE WENT TO THE CITY AND GOT MONEY PAST IN THE AMOUNT OF ABOUT $87,000 TO REMODEL THE FACILITY SO IT COULD BE USED FOR SENIOR CENTER. WHAT THE REFERENDUM CLEARLY SHOWS IS THAT PROPERTY CAN BE TRANSFERRED. YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO ANY DEVELOPMENTAL STUDIES AND FEASIBILITY STUDIES. WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS CONTINUE TO PROVIDE SERVICES AND CONTINUE TO SERVE IN THE COMMUNITY. THAT IS IN ORDER FOR THE TRANSFER TO OCCUR. SO SECONDARILY, THE OTHER MOST IMPORTANT THING OF THAT IS THAT IF YOU CEASE TO NOT BE NONPROFIT AND TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES THAT IT WOULD REVERT BACK TO THE PUBLIC ENTITY WHICH IN THIS CASE WOULD BE THE CITY OF SEATTLE. >>THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU. >>I WILL DO A LITTLE BIT OF THE HISTORY WALK. OUR BUILDING IS 111 YEARS OLD. THE CAMP HAS BEEN IN THAT BUILDING SINCE 1977. IT WAS EXCESS PROPERTY SEVEN YEARS AGO. WE EXPRESSED OWNERSHIP. WE HAVE BEEN IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE CITY’S. THESE NEGOTIATIONS BEGAN WITH THE MAYOR’S OFFICE AND NOW MAYOR DURKIN’S ADMINISTRATION. DURING THESE TIMES WE HAVE GONE THROUGH SEVERAL ROUNDS TO PROVE TO THE CITY THAT WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO MANAGE THIS PROPERTY. WE WANT TO OWN THE PROPERTY SO WE CAN RETROFIT THE BUILDING TO MAKE IT SAFER IN THE EVENT OF AN EARTHQUAKE. WE WANT TO BRING THE FACILITY UP TO ADA STANDARDS AND MODERNIZE THE FACILITY TO PROVIDE A HIGHER QUALITY OF SERVICES TO OUR COMMUNITY. HAVING OWNERSHIP WILL ALLOW US TO USE THE AUTHORITY AND ABILITY TO RAISE CAPITAL TO INVEST IN THE BUILDING. WE HAVE BEEN CHALLENGED WITH THIS. SPECIFICALLY WE HAVE A LEGISLATION OF $1.5 MILLION FOR RENOVATION. WE DON’T CONTROL THE PROPERTY SO WE CAN GET THE MONEY. THE FUNDS EXPIRE JUNE OF THIS YEAR. WE HAVE A REQUEST TO EXTEND THE BECAUSE OF THE DELAY. IT DOES INCLUDE AN AMENDMENT EXTENDING FUNDING FOR 2 YEARS IT HAS NOT BEEN PASSED. NOTHING IS GUARANTEED. WE ALSO HAVE FUNDERS WHO NEED A GUARANTEE THAT THE PROPERTY WILL BE IN OUR LONG-TERM CARE BEFORE THEY WILL INVEST. ESSENTIALLY, THREE DIFFERENT ADMINISTRATIONS OVER SEVEN YEARS HAVE MADE COMMITMENTS TO US REGARDING THE TRANSFER OF THIS PROPERTY AND THE SENIOR CENTER. WITH EACH ADMINISTRATION CONDUCTING SOME LEVEL OF ASSESSMENT AND THEN AGREED WITH THEIR OWN INTERNAL ASSESSMENT EVERY TIME THAT THESE TWO PROPERTIES SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO US. THIS PROPERTY HAS BEEN COMMITTED AS VERBALLY AND IN WRITING. IT HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED THAT WE MEET CRITERIA FOR TRANSFER. THEY EVEN SAID THEY ARE CONFIDENT IN THEIR ORGANIZATIONS ABILITIES TO MANAGE THE PROPERTY. >>SUCCESSIVE ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE SAID THAT? >>YES. >>MOST RECENTLY THIS WAS INITIATED IN 2017. THREE PROPERTIES INCLUDING US IN THE SENIOR CENTER WERE SLATED TO BE COMPLETED BY 2018. THIS ROUND OF TRANSFERS STALLED WHEN THE CITY LAUNCHED ANOTHER REVIEW. THIS MAYOR’S OFFICE HAS CREATED AN INTERDEPARTMENTAL TEAM BETWEEN THE NEIGHBORHOODS, FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES TO HAVE ADDITIONAL CRITERIA FOR TRANSFER. WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL MEETINGS TO REVIEW THIS NEW CRITERIA WHICH ASK FOR ANOTHER LAYER OF DOCUMENTATION ON OPERATIONS, FINANCIAL VIABILITY, TECHNICAL CAPACITY AND ABILITY TO MAINTAIN THE FACILITY. PRIOR TO THE RESIGNATION OF THE FORMER MAYOR IT WAS TO BE TRANSFERRED BY 2018. IT WAS DETERMINED THAT IN ADDITION TO THE BENEFIT TO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, THE CITY ALSO STOOD TO GAIN FROM THESE TRANSFERS AS A LARGE INVESTMENT WOULD BE MADE IN SEISMIC RENOVATIONS. TRANSFERRING PROPERTY WOULD REMOVE THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVIDE BASIC MAINTENANCE AND ALLOW US TO RAISE FUNDS. IN THE FALL OF 2018 CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED RESOLUTION 31856 CALLING FOR THE MAYOR TO TRANSFER THIS PROPERTY TO COMMUNITY LED ORGANIZATIONS NO LATER THAN MAY 31. NOW WE KEEPING TOTAL FORMAL LATERAL OF INTENT IS THE NEXT STEP. THE PROCESS KEEPS DRAGGING ON. WE HAVE NO FORMAL LETTER TODAY. THERE IS A GOALPOST THAT KEEPS GETTING MOVED ON US. >>YES. >>NO MORE DELAYS.>>WE SHOULD GET INTO SOME OF THE POINTS THAT HAVE COME UP. I WANTED TO ALSO GIVE A CHANCE — THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY. WE DON’T OFTEN GET TO PULL THIS OFF. WE HAVE SO MANY MEMBERS WHO ARE ROOTED IN OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER IN ONE ROOM. I THINK IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HEAR FROM — WHY — CAN YOU SHARE WITH US WHY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US AND ESPECIALLY HOW THE PRESERVATION OR NOT PRESERVATION OF THESE TWO SPACES AFFECTS BLACK COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND WHY WE CARE ABOUT THIS. IT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE MANY ARE RETIRED. WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT THIS? >>THANK YOU. I THINK IT HAS BEEN WELL STATED BY DIANE AND ANDREA, THE FACTS OF THE RECORD AND TO HEAR THAT AN INSTITUTION OF THIS MAGNITUDE AND THIS LONG OF EXISTENCE IS ONE A MONTH-TO- MONTH LEASE IS RIDICULOUS. >>IT IS AN INSULT. >>THIS IS LIKE SHARECROPPING. WHAT CAN YOU DO IN A CAPITAL SOCIETY WITH A MONTH-TO-MONTH LEASE. THERE IS NO WAY TO LEVERAGE THAT ASSET TO GROW. THAT IS ALL FOUNDATION OF WHAT WE SEE HAPPENING AROUND US. THE PREDATORY DEVELOPERS ARE LEVERAGING AND OVER LEVERAGING. THEY CRASHED THE ECONOMY BY DOING THAT. IT IS JUST — A REAL SHAME THAT WE WOULD EVEN HEAR IT STATED THAT WE HAVE AN INSTITUTION THAT IS WORKING FOR THE SOCIAL GOOD EVERY DAY AND HAS BEEN FOR OVER 40 YEARS AND IT IS ON A MONTH-TO-MONTH LEASE. SO, AND AT THE SAME — ON THE OTHER SIDE WE HEAR EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT AND ALL THESE THINGS EACH DAY. WE JUST WANT TO HAVE THESE ISSUES RESOLVED EXPEDITIOUSLY. WE KNOW NEW RULES KEEP COMING INTO PLAY. NEW DELAYS, AS YOU HAVE HEARD MANY TIMES, NO MORE DELAYS. WE WANT TO TAKE WHAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE AND PLAN FOR A FUTURE THAT INCLUDES US. WE NEED ACTION, NOT JUST RHETORIC. WE NEED TO MOVE THAT FORWARD. WE HAVE HEARD AND WE KNOW THERE ARE OTHER INSTITUTIONS AND ASSETS THAT NEED TO BE PROTECTED. THEY ARE IN THE PUBLIC REALM. THEY NEED TO BE FOR THE HIGHEST AND BEST PUBLIC USE, NOT EXPLOITIVE FOR SOMEBODY WHO JUST FLIPPED THE PROPERTY. WE DON’T KNOW WHERE THE CAPITAL IS COMING FROM. IT COULD BE ANY COUNTRY. WE KNOW ARE COMPUTED HE HAS BEEN HERE ROOTED IN THE CENTRAL DISTRICT FOR 104 YEARS AND HAS MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CITY. THIS IS JUST A BASIC MATTER OF DIGNITY AND RESPECT FOR OUR ELDERS AND OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR CHILDREN AND FUTURE GENERATIONS. >>NO MORE DELAYS.>>AS THE NAME SUGGESTS, PUGET SOUND ADVOCATES FOR RETIREMENT IS A SENIOR ORGANIZATION. IN WHATEVER WE DO, WE START FROM THE PREMISE THAT SENIORS HAVE A RIGHT TO LIVE. NOT JUST EXIST OR SUBSIST BUT AFTER PUTTING IN 40 SOME YEARS WORKING, BUILDING THE CITY, MAKING THE CITY RUN, SENIORS HAVE A RIGHT TO RETIRE IN AT LEAST MODEST COMFORT AND SECURITY. PART OF THAT IS TO BE ABLE TO HAVE PUBLIC SPACES TO COME TOGETHER WITH OTHER SENIORS, WITH THEIR FAMILY, SOCIALIZE, HAVE A NICE MEAL, PLAY CARDS IF THEY WANT TO, LEARN TO PLAY THE GUITAR IF THEY WANT TO, OUR ORGANIZATION HAS PUT ON A NUMBER OF EDUCATIONAL EVENTS AT SENIOR CENTERS ALL OVER THE PUGET SOUND AREA INCLUDING THE CENTRAL AREA SENIOR CENTER. THIS CENTER AND ONES LIKE IT ARE ABSOLUTELY VITAL FOR SENIORS BECAUSE MANY STUDIES SHOW THAT ONE OF THE LEADING KILLERS OF SENIORS IS SOCIAL ISOLATION. THE TESTIMONY THAT YOU HEARD BEFORE FROM SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO USE THIS SENIOR CENTER IS MORE POWERFUL THAN ANYTHING THAT I COULD SAY IN TERMS OF STATISTICS OR STUDIES. THIS IS A VITAL PART OF THE COMMUNITY. PARTICULARLY FOR THE CENTRAL AREA, WHERE PEOPLE WHO HAVE GROWN UP IN THAT COMMUNITY HAVE SEEN THEIR COMMUNITY ERODED AWAY BY GENTRIFICATION. IT WOULD BE NOT ONLY BAD POLICY BUT ACTUALLY AN ACT OF CRUELTY TO SENIORS TO DO AWAY WITH THE CENTRAL AREA SENIOR CENTER. THANK YOU. >>I JUST WANTED TO ADD TO WHAT THE GENTLEMAN SAID AND WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID. THIS IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH. WITH THE COMMUNITIES, THEY ARE ASKING ACTUALLY DEMANDING THIS GENOCIDAL BEHAVIOR. EVERYTHING THAT EXISTS NEEDS A SPACE TO EXIST. ONCE YOU TAKE AWAY THAT SPACE YOU SAY THAT YOU DON’T HAVE AN EXPECTATION FOR WHATEVER WAS THERE TO EXIST ANYMORE. THAT MEANS THAT IF THAT IS OUR COMMUNITY, OUR SENIORS, OUR LIVES, THERE IS A PLAN FOR IT NOT TO EXIST. WE KNOW YOU KEEP MOVING PEOPLE AND SPREADING THEM OUT. YOU REALLY OKAY AND UPROOT THEM. THERE IS RESEARCH FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION THAT SHOWS THAT THIS TYPE OF DISPLACEMENT HAS SIGNIFICANT NEGATIVE IMPACTS ON THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF INDIVIDUALS FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES SOAK IN THE FACE OF THAT, THERE SHOULD BE NO DELAY IN MAKING SURE THAT THE COMMUNITY IS WELL AND STABILIZE. >>THE OTHER THING THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT IS ON YESTERDAY , BURT BARR, MYSELF AND THE GREENWOOD FINNEY RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE INTERDEPARTMENTAL TEAM ABOUT OUR NEGOTIATION PROCESS. IT IS DISINGENUOUS TO MYSELF. A REQUIREMENT WAS TO PROJECT FOR THE NEXT 15 YEARS WHAT OUR COST AND EXPENSES WOULD BE. MY RESPONSE TO THEM WAS IF YOU GIVE US THE LAST 15 YEARS, WE CAN PROJECT TO THE NEXT 15. I’M STILL WAITING TO RECEIVE THAT. I’VE NOT RECEIVED THAT YET. IN THIS LETTER YESTERDAY THE LAST PARAGRAPH SAYS THE TRANSFER OF PROPERTY BY THE CITY WILL INCLUDE CONSIDERATION OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING. WE CONTINUE TO BELIEVE THAT GIVEN THE CITY’S CURRENT HOUSING AFFORDABILIY CHALLENGES, IT IS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO REQUIRE THAT ANY PLAN, REDEVELOPMENT OF THE PROPERTY AND MORE PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. E EXPECT TO REQUIRE A DURABLE COVENANT ALLOWING THE CITY TO PARTICIPATE IN MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT SO THE DEVELOPMENT CAN AFFORD HOUSING. THE ISSUE IS THAT WE ARE IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA THAT IS OWNED RESIDENTIALLY. THEY WOULD HAVE TO CHANGE THE ZONING. WE ALSO HAVE A MILLION- DOLLAR VIEW THAT ALL OF US CAN BENEFIT FROM. WE KNOW THAT AFFORDABLE HOUSING WILL NOT BE BUILT ON THAT PROPERTY BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE. IT IS DISINGENUOUS AND NON- AUTHENTIC AND INSULTING TO SUGGEST THAT OF ALL THE PROPERTY IN THE CITY OF SEATTLE THAT THIS PROPERTY IS NEEDED TO BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA AND THAT IS THE BEST BENEFIT FOR COMMUNITY CENTER AND THE SENIOR CENTER WHERE EVERYBODY CAN COME TO ON A DAILY BASE AND PARTICIPATE. IT IS NOT A REQUIREMENT, IT WAS NEVER A REQUIREMENT OF THE REFERENDA MONDAY THAT THE CITY RECEIVED FOR THE PROPERTY. THEY SAID THE BUILDING COULD BE TRANSFERRED AT ANY TIME TO THE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION AS LONG AS THEY CONTINUE TO OFFER MUTUAL OFFSETTING BENEFITS. SO CENTRAL AREA SENIOR CENTER PUBLICLY AND WE WILL STATE THIS IN WRITING TO THE CITY, WE DO NOT FEEL THAT DEVELOPMENT FEASIBILITY IS SOMETHING THAT THE CITY SHOULD REQUIRE OF US HAVE A CONDITION OF OWNING AND HAVING THE PROPERTY TRANSFERRED TO US BECAUSE WE KNOW IT IS NOT AUTHENTIC AND GENUINE PLUS LEGALLY, THE IN THE MONEY THE CITY RECEIVED IT WAS NOT A REQUIREMENT. >>RIGHT. >>I WANT TO SAY ONE THING. I ALSO WANT TO LET EVERYBODY IN HERE KNOW THAT MY STAFF IS DISTRIBUTING THE SHEETS TO ALL OF YOU. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU FILL THAT IN. WE WANT TO TAKE PICTURES OF THESE AND MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT WE CAN USE FOR OUR FOLLOW-UP ACTIONS. I DON’T THINK THAT — AS GLORIOUS AS OUR ORGANIZING HAS BEEN FOR TODAY, I THINK WE SHOULD REALLY BE HAPPY ABOUT OUR COLLECTIVE EFFORT, WE — IT WILL NOT BE ENOUGH. THE FIGHT WILL HAVE TO GO ONE. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT WE WILL WIN BUT WE WILL HAVE TO KEEP FIGHTING. MANY OF YOU HAVE ALREADY SAID THIS. I AM REALLY GLAD THAT YOU QUOTED FROM THE LETTER. THIS LETTER HAS BEEN WRITTEN ON BEHALF OF [ INAUDIBLE ] SIGNED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOODS. IT IS A CITY OF SEATTLE DEPARTMENT AND THEY DO TALK ABOUT THE TRANSFER OF PROPERTY TO CONCLUDE. DIANE, YOU STATED SOME VERY IMPORTANT POINTS ABOUT WHY AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS ACTUALLY NOT FEASIBLE ON A SPECIFIC PROPERTY ALL OF THE SENIOR CENTER. I ALSO WANTED TO SAY THAT I THINK THAT LOGIC APPLIES TO ART BAR PLACE ALSO. I REALLY THINK THAT AS WE KNOW, LET’S STATE IT LIKE IT IS, WHAT IS HAPPENING IS THAT WHEN IT COMES TO THE NEEDS OF SENIORS AND THE BLACK COMMUNITY THEN THEY ARE TRYING TO HAVE A SOCIAL SPACE FOR SENIORS AGAINST AFFORDABLE HOUSING. >>IT IS A FALSE CHOICE. THE SAME COMMUNITIES THAT NEED THE SENIOR CENTER ARE ALSO THE ONES THAT ARE GETTING PUSHED OUT BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND I REALLY THINK THAT WE SHOULD — OUR OTHER — WHAT DO YOU THINK OUR RESPONSE SHOULD BE? HOW SHOULD WE RESPOND TO THAT? >>WE HAVE AN ADMINISTRATION THAT NEEDS TO STOP PUTTING THE ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT OF A SMALL FEW AHEAD OF THE WELL-BEING OF VULNERABLE POPULATIONS.>>OUR SENIOR CENTER PROVIDES STABILITY AND PREDICTABILITY AND SAFETY TO OVER 18,000 HOUSEHOLDS ANNUALLY IN THE CITY . THAT CONTRIBUTION TO THE CITY, THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY, WE ARE OWED A RETURN ON THAT INVESTMENT BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE. >>I WANT TO FOLLOW UP ON THE IDEA OF THE CITY TRYING TO PIT AFFORDABLE HOUSING AGAINST SOCIAL SPACES. SENIORS OBVIOUSLY NEED AFFORDABLE HOUSING AS WELL. EVEN IF YOU RETIRE AS AN X UNION MEMBER YOU WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE A GOOD UNION JOB AND TO RETIRE WITH A DEFINED BENEFITS PENSION YOU ARE STILL ONLY MAKING A PORTION OF WHAT YOU MADE WHEN YOU WERE WORKING. EVEN FOR OUR MEMBERS, OUR RETIRED UNION MEMBERS AND BOEING MACHINISTS, THEY RETIRED WITH GOOD PENSIONS ALTHOUGH THEY CAN NO LONGER DO THAT, THE ONES WHO WERE ABLE TO ARE FINDING IT MORE AND MORE DIFFICULT TO AFFORD TO LIVE IN SEATTLE. SO WE NEED BOTH. WE NEED BOTH THE SOCIAL SPACES FOR SENIORS TO GATHER AND TO BUILD A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND WE NEED AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND WE NEED AFFORDABLE TRANSPORTATION. WE NEED GOOD MEDICAL SERVICES AND WE NEED ACCESS TO FOOD. MANY OF OUR MEMBERS LIVE IN FOOD DESERTS WHERE THEY DON’T HAVE — >>I WANT TO BE REAL CLEAR I’M NOT SAYING THAT — I DON’T SUPPORT AFFORDABLE HOUSING. WE WORK WITH MEMBERS EVERY DAY TRYING TO FIND HOUSING, SHARED HOUSING, CO-OPS WITH EACH OTHER. WE KNOW — THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE TO CALL OUT. A LOT OF TIMES WE DON’T LIKE TO BE SPECIFIC ABOUT THINGS. WHAT IS SPECIFIC IS THAT THE SITE WE ARE ON CAN NEVER BE AFFORDABLE HOUSING BECAUSE IT IS TOO EXPENSIVE TO BUILD ON THAT SITE. SO WE WOULD BE CO-OPTED — WE WOULD BE DIS-AND GENUINE TO TRY TO PRETEND THAT WE COULD ACHIEVE SOMETHING THAT IS NOT ACHIEVABLE. WE ARE REALIST. WE KNOW THAT AFFORDABLE HOUSING WILL NOT BE BUILT ON THAT PROPERTY BY THE MAYOR. IT COULD BE BUILT BY AMAZON OR GOOGLE OR SOMEONE WITH A LOT OF MONEY BUT THEN IT CEASES TO BE AFFORDABLE AND COMMUNITY. SO IT IS NOT OUR PLACE, IT IS NOT TO THE INTEREST OF OUR MEMBERS TO TAKE AWAY A SOCIAL SPACE AND WE KNOW THAT IT IS A DISINGENUOUS THING. IT IS A GREAT TALKING POINT. IF WE RAN AROUND AND SAID THIS BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND WE DON’T BOTTOMED DOWN AND GO, A QUARTER OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING CAN BE BUILT HERE BUT NOT HERE AND THEN YOU HAVE THE SENIORS THINKING THAT OH, THEY WILL PUT AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON THIS PROPERTY AND THAT I’LL GET THE LIVE HILL AND HAVE MY COMMUNITY CENTER, IT WILL NOT BE BUILT FOR YOU. YOU WILL NOT BE LIVING IN ANY HOUSING THAT CAN BUILD ON THAT PROPERTY BECAUSE IT IS TOO EXPENSIVE AND WE CANNOT AFFORD IT. SO LET’S KEEP IT A COMMUNITY SPACE. LET’S HONOR THE PEOPLE THAT CAME BEFORE US WHO WORKED HARD FOR THAT SPACE AND I THINK THAT WE CAN ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING, HOMELESSNESS AND WE NEED TO HAVE THE WILL TO DO THAT. >>RIGHT. >>I WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THAT. MANY OF OUR ELDERS WHO GO TO THE CENTERS ARE HOMEOWNERS IN THE COMMUNITY. THEY ARE FACING PRESSURE OF BEING DISPLACED FROM THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING THAT THEY ALREADY HAVE. IF THIS IS THE PRIMARY CONCERN THEN WE NEED A ROBUST MITIGATION STRATEGY AS THE ZONING, THE HUB ZONES HAVE THIS AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE ABLE TO STAY AND GROW AND AGE IN PLACE AS WELL AND HAVE A PATH FOR THEIR GRANDCHILDREN TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE AND HOLD ONTO THE PROPERTY. WE UNDERSTAND THERE IS A DEFERRED TAX STRATEGY. AT THE TIME THAT THEY PASSED ALL OF THAT, ALL THAT IT IS GOING TO BECOME AN UNDUE BURDEN. THIS IS THE CASE. WE KNOW IT HAS BEEN ALREADY PROVEN UNFEASIBLE AT THAT SITE SO LET’S START FOCUSING ON WHERE IT IS FEASIBLE IN OUR COMMUNITY TO HAVE MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND MORE LIBERTY BANK BUILDINGS AND THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS OWN THE PROPERTIES AND CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN OWNERSHIP IF THAT IS OUR PRIMARY CONCERN. WE SHARE THAT CONCERN. WE DON’T WANT TO CONFLICT THE ISSUES AND CONFUSE PEOPLE. >>RIGHT. >>ABSOLUTELY. >>THAT IS THE MAIN THING IN TERMS OF — WE ARE COMING TOWARD HER CLOTHES TOWARD THIS DISCUSSION BUT NOT TO THE END OF OUR FIGHT TO WIN THIS. I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS WE WILL NEED TO DO AS A COMMUNITY AND A MOVEMENT IS TO, AS OUR SPEAKERS HAVE SAID, REJECT THIS FALSE — IT IS THE SAME COMMUNITY THAT NEEDS BOTH. IN FACT, WE ARE LOSING BOTH. WE ARE WORKING FAMILIES LOSING SOCIAL SPACES AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING BECAUSE THE CITY IS A PLACE WHERE ONLY WEALTHY PEOPLE CAN LIVE. THAT HAS MEANT MASSIVE DISPLACEMENTS IN OUR BLACK HOUSEHOLD. I AGREE WITH DIANE THAT THIS IS A DISINGENUOUS PLOY BY THE MAYOR’S OFFICE TO SAY THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO TRANSFER THIS PROPERTY UNTIL YOU SHOW US EVIDENCE THAT YOU CAN BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING HERE. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT OUR MOVEMENT — WE SHOULD NOT FALL INTO THE TRAP OF IF YOU WANT TO SAVE THE CENTRAL — YOU ARE AGAINST FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING. REJECT THAT. THEY ARE TRYING TO REDUCE THE LEGITIMACY OF OUR DEMAND BY SAYING YOU ARE AGAINST AFFORDABLE HOUSING. WE SHOULD TURN BACK AND TELL THE MAYOR, IF YOU CARE ABOUT AFFORDABLE HOUSING SO MUCH, ARE YOU GOING TO SUPPORT THE RENT CONTROL ORDINANCE? IF YOU SUPPORT THAT WHY DID YOU AND THE MAJORITY OF THE COUNCIL REPEALED THE AMAZON TAX WHICH WOULD HAVE MADE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. THEY ARE TAXING BIG BUSINESS. OUR HOME OWNERS ARE OVERTAXED THROUGH PROPERTY TAXES. SO I THINK WE NEED TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY IS AWARE AND SIGNS THAT THING THAT I HELD UP. I CAN’T FIND IT NOW. MAKE SURE YOU FILL THAT OUT. AND, I KNOW MANY OF YOU HAVE A PLAN TO GO UP TO THE SEVENTH FLOOR AND DEMANDED THAT THE MAYOR LISTEN. I CANNOT. WE HAVE AN AGENDA ITEM TO DISCUSS RENT CONTROL. I WANT TO SAY ONE THING BEFORE WE DISPERSED. ARE WE AGREED THAT THIS WAS ONLY STEP 1 AND WE NEED TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT? >>>>OUR NEXT STEP HAS TO BE EVEN BIGGER. WE NEED TO GET HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TO COME OUT WITH US. WE SHOULD AIM — I DON’T HAVE A DATE AND TIME. WE NEED TO COORDINATE AND FIND OUT WHAT WORKS. I THINK OUR GOAL SHOULD BE NEXT, IN A FEW WEEKS HAVE A BIG RALLY THAT BRINGS HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE AT CITY HALL OR IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD. IT WILL PUT A LOT OF PRESSURE ON THE POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT AND THE MAYOR’S OFFICE AND WE SHOULD ALSO HAVE A LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN. WE SHOULD SEND EMAILS TO ALL THE COUNCILMEMBERS AND THE MAYOR WHERE WE, I AM HAPPY FOR MY OFFICE TO SHARE DRAFT IF THAT HELPS. THE MAIN POINT TO MAKE IS WHAT OUR SPEAKERS HAVE SAID IS THAT WE REJECT THIS FALSE DICHOTOMY BETWEEN AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND SOCIAL SPACES. IF YOU CALL THAT TO CARE ABOUT EITHER YOU WOULD BE SUPPORTING US. WHAT WE NEED IS THE IMMEDIATE TRANSFER WITHOUT THE LADIES OF THESE PROPERTIES INTO COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP AND WE NEED TO TAX BIG BUSINESS TO FIND AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND WE NEED RENT CONTROL AND WE SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT OUR MOVEMENT TO SAVE THE PROPERTY BRINGS RENTERS BESIDE US. WE ARE STRUGGLING AGAINST DISPLACEMENT. LET’S MAKE SURE OUR NEXT STEP IS EVEN BIGGER THAN TODAY. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE EVERYBODY FOR SUCH A PHENOMENAL ACTION THAT WE DID TODAY.>>I THINK ALL OF US ARE GRATEFUL AND WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR HOSTING THIS PRESS CONFERENCE AS WELL AS THIS COMMITTEE MEETING. I WOULD ACTUALLY GO A STEP FURTHER AND SAY THAT IN THE RESOLUTION IF THE MAYOR DID NOT ACT BY MARCH 31 THE CITY COUNCIL WOULD ACT. I THINK PART OF WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS TO HELP THE CITY COUNCIL FRAME THEIR OWN THINKING ABOUT WHAT KIND OF ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN. I WOULD HOPE THAT THE ACTION THAT THEY WOULD FRAME WITH OUR SYSTEMS AND OUR ADVOCACY WOULD NEED TO DO AN ORDINANCE THAT REQUIRED DASHA ROLE AS A SOLUTION IS SOFT AND SAYS WE WANT YOU TO DO THIS AND JUST LIKE ANYTHING THE MAYOR OR ANYONE CAN SAY I’LL TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION AND HAVE A LOT OF CRITERIA AND EVALUATION PROCESS THAT YOU’LL NEVER ACHIEVE IN FIVE YEARS. I THINK WE SHOULD MAKE IT STRONGER AND OUR ACTION SHOULD BE TO ACQUIRE AND WORK WITH THE CITY COUNCIL TO PASS AN ORDINANCE THAT CAN OVERRIDE WHAT THE MAYOR CAN DO BECAUSE IT WOULD BE SOMETHING PERMANENT AND SOMETHING YOU WOULD HAVE TO ACT UPON. I KNOW THAT OUR MEMBERS WOULD BE EXCITED TO WORK IN A JOINT PARTNERSHIP WITH ALL THE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND ALL THE MLB’S, PARTICULARLY BERT BAR SO THAT COULD BE A REALITY AND SO THAT FIVE YEARS FROM NOW WERE NOT HAVING THE SAME CONVERSATION BUT BY THE END OF DECEMBER 31, WE WILL HAVE THAT AND WE WILL HAVE HAD FIRE STATIONS SO THAT CAN BE A REALITY. >>IN FACT, THE MEETING THAT WE HAD MONDAY, I SAID ABSOLUTELY WE WILL BE WORKING AND JEFF IS MAKING NOTES AS WE SPEAK. MY OFFICE WILL BE WORKING ON BRINGING THAT ORDINANCE FORWARD. THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT. WE WILL DO THAT WORK THERE IS NO PROBLEM WITH THAT. THE QUESTION WILL BE, HOW WILL WE GET THE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TO DO THE RIGHT THING? IS NOT JUST THE MAYOR. LET’S NOT MAKE IT JUST ABOUT THE MAYOR. MOST OF THE POLITICIANS IN CITY HALL WILL BE DOING WHAT THE BIG DEVELOPERS WANT. IT WILL NOT BE — I DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO THINK IT’S GOING TO BE EASY. WE DON’T NECESSARILY WIN. WE NEED THE ORDINANCE TO MAKE SURE IT IS DRAFTED AND WE WILL NEED MASS ACTIONS LIKE TODAY TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE LISTENING. I KNOW THAT BECAUSE WE HAVE DONE THIS MANY TIMES AND WE HAVE WON VICTORIES. WE START WITH ME BEING THE ONLY COUNCIL MEMBER AT THE TABLE AND THEN WE END UP WITH NINE VOTES. WE CAN DO THAT AGAIN. WE HAVE DONE THAT AGAIN AND AGAIN. THE ONLY WAY WE HAVE DONE THAT IS TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF THE POLITICIANS HERE, THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS KNOW THAT WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT FIGHTING OUR FIGHT.>>THANK YOU EVERYBODY. IF MANY OF YOU ARE LEAVING — NO MORE DELAYS.>>THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT TO GO UP — THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT TO GO UPSTAIRS, PLEASE MEET MY STAFF MEMBER AT THE DOOR AND THEY WILL SHOW YOU THE WAY. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>>>I KNOW WE ARE DELAYED. THANK YOU FOR WAITING. I APOLOGIZE. AS MADISON SAID THESE ISSUES ARE RELATED. SO CAN WE START WITH INTRODUCTIONS FOR THE RECORD AND THEN YOU CAN TAKE IT AWAY. >>>> BEVERLY AARONS, DAVID MOONEY, MICHAEL PADILLA OCAMPO, DEVIN SILVERNAIL AND JESSICA WESTGREN, SRC RENTER PROTECTIONS WORK GROUP. >>THE DELAY SEEMS LIKE THEY HAVE WAITED FAR LONGER THAN WAY. >>SO PLEASE, IT IS IN YOUR HANDS. >>SO WE HAVE QUITE A ROBUST WORK PLAN FOR 2019. A LOT OF IT IS COMING OVER FROM 2018 BECAUSE THE ACTION ITEMS WE HAVE CHOSEN ARE GOING TO TAKE LONGER THAN ONE YEAR TO SOLVE. IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THIS AMBITIOUS WORKPLAN WE CREATED SEVERAL GROUPS. RENT STABILIZATION AND RENT CONTROL, HOUSING SUPPLY, RENTAL PROTECTIONS AND OUTREACH STRATEGIES. CHRISTIANA AND I ARE ON DIFFERENT WORKGROUPS. WE CAN SPEAK TO THE PLANS THAT THEY ARE DOING. FOR HOUSING SUPPLY WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT HOW TO INCREASE AFFORDABLE HOUSING ACROSS SEATTLE AS A WHOLE. SOME KEY TICKET ITEMS ARE THE LAWTON HOUSING DEVELOPMENT. THAT CAN SERVE AS A MODEL FOR WHAT WE DO IF WE EVER GET ANOTHER LAND OPPORTUNITY LIKE THIS AGAIN. WE HAVE WORKED ON MANDATORY HOUSING AND AFFORDABILITY AND WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING THROUGH ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS AND DETACHED ACCESSORY DWELLING OR BACKYARD COTTAGES AND MOTHER-IN-LAW UNITS. BEYOND THAT WE WILL EXPLORE OTHER OPTIONS FOR INCREASING AFFORDABLE HOUSING SUPPLY THROUGHOUT THE CITY AS THEY ARE BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION. THAT WORKGROUP WILL ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO DO AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED. WE HAVE NOT OF KNAUF AFFORDABLE HOUSING ANYWHERE. THAT IS THE HOUSING SUPPLY GROUP AND WHAT THEY ARE UP TO. >>RENT STABILIZATION AND RENT CONTROL, AS YOU SAW FROM SOME LETTERS THAT WE SENT WE ARE LOOKING TO ADDRESS THIS THROUGH 180 DAY NOTICE. THAT HAS THE RENT INCREASE TIED TO INFLATION AND WAGE INCREASES. WE ALSO HAVE A LETTER ON THAT THAT WENT OUT. ESSENTIALLY IT HAD A STRATEGY THAT WE ARE CALLING FOR CITY COUNCIL AND THE MEMBER TO SUPPORT AN ORDINANCE PUTTING RENT CONTROL EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY ONCE RENT CONTROL IS LIFTED. THE PROTECTION GROUP IS DIFFERENT FROM THAT. WE LOOK AT OTHER PROTECTIONS. THIS YEAR WE WILL BE LOOKING AT WHAT PROTECTIONS WE CAN DO TO HELP IMMIGRANT POPULATIONS STAY HOUSE AND GET HOUSED IN GENERAL AND ALSO AVOID DISPLACEMENT. HOW TO SUPPORT UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT RENTERS. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THIS GROUP TO LOOK AT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF EXISTING PROTECTION LAWS. WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN’T. WHY THEY ARE WORKING, THEY NEED TO BE FIXED THAT WAY. RENTAL SCREENING CRITERIA NEEDS TO BE IMPROVED. THEY CAN WORK AT AMAZON OR COFFEE SHOP OR LIVE ON A SUBSIDY. ALSO LOOKING AT THINGS LIKE MY COCHAIR JUST MENTIONED AMENDING THE RENT INCREASE LAW BECAUSE THE 30 DAY NOTICE AND 60 DAY NOTICE IS ONE THAT IS PUNITIVE. THE RENTERS PROTECTIONS GROUP LIKES TO HEAR FEEDBACK FROM RENTERS IN THE CITY AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY ARE EXPERIENCING AND MEET AS A GROUP AND DISCUSS FROM VARIOUS BACKGROUNDS HOW WE COULD TACKLE THAT SITUATION AND MAKE IT A MORE LEGALLY SAFE PLACE FOR RENTERS TO BE. >>IN ADDITION TO STRATEGIES WE ALSO WANT TO FIND WAYS TO HAVE ASSISTANCE FOR RENTERS TO HAVE THE ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AS WELL AS SOME VOUCHERS. AND AFFORDABILITY PORTAL SO THAT PEOPLE HAVE A CENTRALIZED LOCATION TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK ON THAT AND ASSISTANCE FOR OTHER AREAS ESPECIALLY I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THIS IS REALLY A HUGE PASSION OF MINE AS WE GET TO THE SOCIAL JUSTICE PIECES. I WORKED IN DIRECT SERVICE FOR ALMOST 6 YEARS. A LOT OF US HAVE WORKED IN THESE SPACES. I JUST WANTED TO UNDERSCORE THAT A LOT OF THESE THINGS MAY SOUND LIKE HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THIS OR THEY MIGHT BE PIE IN THE SKY. I HAVE SEEN THIS TANGIBLY IN MY FAMILY AND PROFESSIONALLY WITH CLIENTS THAT I SERVED IN PREVIOUS AREAS. I JUST WANT TO UNDERSCORE THE ASSISTANCE FOR RENTERS. WE CAN GET THE NARRATIVES OF WHAT IS HAPPENING AND ALL THE GROUND, ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES THAT I SAW WORKING IN SOCIAL SERVICES, THERE WERE THINGS HAPPENING AND DECISIONS BEING MADE AT HIGHER LEVELS. FOR US, WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY, THOSE NARRATIVES WERE NOT AS AMPLIFIED. >>THE OUTREACH IS IMPORTANT. WE CAN MAKE PROTECTIONS FOR RENTERS. IF THEY AREN’T — IF LANDLORDS ARE NOT AWARE OF WHAT THEY ARE DOESN’T CREATE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP. THAT IS A RELATIONSHIP THAT NEEDS TO BE — EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW WHO COULD DO WHAT WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT A PROPERTY MANAGER AND AT TENANT. I DON’T THINK A LOT OF TENANTS KNOW THAT THEY SHOULD LOOK TO AS DCI. THAT IS NOT AN INTUITIVE THOUGHT PROCESS. I CAN ANSWER WHERE YOU SHOULD GO AND WHO YOU SHOULD TALK TO BUT I HAVE HAD TO LEARN ALL THOSE THINGS THROUGH MY JOB AND ADVOCACY. ALL THE RENTER PROTECTIONS ARE BASED UPON SELF REPORTING. ATTENDANT HAVE TO SAY MY LANDLORD IS BREAKING THIS CODE OR I AM DUE RELOCATION ASSISTANCE. IF THEY DON’T KNOW THAT THEN HOW DO THEY GET WHAT THEIR NEED. WHAT’S THE POINT OF MAKING THE LAWS OF NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE? THE OUTREACH GROUP HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN ALL OF THIS. THEY ARE THE GLUE.>>OKAY. THE LAST PART. WE TALKED ABOUT LOWERING BARRIERS FOR THE HOMELESS AND RAPID REHOUSING. I HAVE HAD A LOT OF STORIES. THESE ARE FROM WORKING EVERYWHERE FROM PERMANENT SUPPORT TO A HOUSING NAVIGATOR AT HARBORVIEW. WORKING THROUGH THE COORDINATED ENTRY SYSTEM TRYING TO WORK WITH THAT SYSTEM AND RAPID REHOUSING HAS ALWAYS HAD SOME SIGNIFICANT ISSUES TO THE STABILITY OF HOUSING. ESPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE GOING TO SOCIAL JUSTICE AND THAT INTERSECTIONAL SPACE WE HAVE RACE AND GENDER AND AFFORDABILITY AS WELL AS CLASSIC IMPACTS AND I SPOKE EARLIER TODAY WITH THE DISABILITY COMMISSION ABOUT ALSO THE INTERSECTION ANALOGY OF DISABILITY AS WELL. PEOPLE HAVE A FIXED INCOME AND PEOPLE WHO NEED UNIVERSAL DESIGN AND PEOPLE WHO NEED PERHAPS A MORE STREAMLINED OR INTUITIVE STRUCTURE TO GETTING INTO HOUSING THAT JUST DOES NOT EXIST IN MANY OF THE NEEDS ASSESSMENTS. IT IS THE CONVOLUTION OF THE SYSTEMS IS PART OF WHAT HAS LED TO SOME PEOPLE NOT BEING ABLE TO FIND AFFORDABLE OR STABLE HOUSING. ALSO HOUSING AVAILABILITY AND RESOURCES FOR LOW INCOME SENIORS WHO IDENTIFY AS LB G. MORE OFTEN THAN NOT SENIORS MAY HAVE BEEN IN THEIR APARTMENTS 10, 15, 20 YEARS WHEN YOU DIDN’T USE CRAIGSLIST TO LOOK FOR APARTMENTS. ALL OF THE SUDDEN THEY GET THIS $250 RENTAL RATE INCREASE AND THEY COME INTO MY OFFICE AND SAY HOW DO I LOOK FOR AN APARTMENT. IT IS BEST THEY NEED PEOPLE TO HELP THEM NAVIGATE THE INTERNET . NOT JUST CALL AND GET AN APPOINTMENT AND THAT APARTMENT IS STILL WAITING FOR YOU. I AM PROUD TO LIVE IN A SANCTUARY CITY. I FIND THAT TO BE A BIT DISINGENUOUS WHEN IT IS VERY HARD TO AFFORD TO LIVE HERE. WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TAKING CARE OF AND MAKING SURE PEOPLE DON’T GET THIS PLACE. WE DON’T HAVE PLACES FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE HERE. IF PEOPLE HAVE LIVED HERE FOR A DECADE AND CAN’T FIND HOUSING, HOW DO NEW PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE FOR SANCTUARY GOING TO FIND HOUSING QUICK >>LANGUAGE BARRIERS ARE HUGE. FINDING — NEEDING YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD AND HOW TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION, ALL OF THAT ENDS UP BEING A HUGE BURDEN WHEN PEOPLE NEED A ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS. >>CAN YOU ALSO SPECIFICALLY TALK ABOUT THE UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS AND HOW THIS IMPACTS THEM FOR ALL THE PAPERS WORK THAT YOU NEED TO HAVE? >>NO PLACE WOULD BE ABLE TO ACCEPT AN UNDOCUMENTED TENANT. THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO RUN A CREDIT CHECK. I EVEN HAVE FRIENDS THAT HAVE MOVED FROM GERMANY TO WORK FOR MICROSOFT AND THEY DON’T HAVE AMERICAN CREDIT SO IF WE’RE TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE TO COME TO HAVE A HIGH WAGE JOB AND NOW THEY ARE COMING FOR SANCTUARY. THERE IS SO MUCH THAT WE HAVE SET UP IN THE SYSTEM WHERE YOU HAD TO GET ALL THE CORRECT DOCUMENTS. HOW DO YOU DO THAT? DO YOU STAY IN THE HOTEL WHILE YOU’RE DOING THAT? THESE ARE LARGE COST. THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH ADVOCATES OUT THERE ASSISTING PEOPLE WITH THIS PAPERWORK SO THAT THEY CAN GET INTO THE SAFE HOUSING. WHAT YOU RUN INTO THEN IS PEOPLE LIVING IN UNSAFE HOUSING, PLACES WHERE THE CODES ARE NOT UP BECAUSE THEY GOT A ROOF OVER THE HEAD, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO REPORT THE FACT THAT THE DOORKNOB DOESN’T WORK OR THE REFRIGERATOR IS DEAD BECAUSE THEN THEY LOSE THAT HOUSING. THEY DON’T HAVE THE LEGITIMATE DOCUMENTATION TO GET INTO SOMETHING THAT MIGHT BE MORE REGULATED. >>I KNOW THAT IN MY FAMILY, ME AND MY PARTNER ARE DISABLED. WE ARE ABLE TO MAINTAIN WHERE WE ARE IN DISTRICT 5, UP NORTH. WHAT — WHERE THE URGENCY IS, GOING TO WHAT WE JUST SAW IN THE COLLECTIVE ACTION IS THAT YOU KNOW THE LIGHT RAIL IS COMING. A LIGHT RAIL IS COMING DOWN THE STREET FROM MY HOUSE. THEY ARE TEARING DOWN THE MALL WHICH IS ALREADY GETTING RID OF SOME OF THE RESOURCES THAT I HAVE COME TO RELY ON TO DO THINGS LIKE BUY CLOTHING OR FURNITURE OR ENTERTAINMENT, THERE IS ALSO NOTHING TO HELP ME AND MY PARTNER FEELS SAFE OR SECURE IN OUR HOUSING AGAINST DISPLACEMENT. IT’S ONE OF THE LAST PLACES THAT IS AFFORDABLE TO LIVE. THERE’S A LOT OF THIS THAT — WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THIS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS. I ALSO CHALLENGE PEOPLE WHO ARE LISTENING TO THIS TO ALSO BE MINDFUL PERHAPS OF WHERE THE BIAS MAY TAKE THEM. BOTH ME AND MY HUSBAND, ALTHOUGH DISABLED, WE TRY TO WORK HARD TO MAINTAIN HOUSING AND CREATE A FAMILY AND WE SEE EVERYTHING BUILDING UP AROUND US IN A WAY THAT MAKES US CONCERNED AROUND WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO OUR LEASE THIS SUMMER. THAT IS NO WAY TO LIVE. YOU ARE ALREADY WORRIED ABOUT SCARCITY AND TRYING TO MAKE RENT AND NOW YOU HAVE TO WONDER IF YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO COME UP WITH 7000 DOLLARS THAT THEY SAY THE AVERAGES FOR MOVE-IN FEES. THAT IS NO WAY TO LIVE. IN SEATTLE WE NEED TO CARRY ON WE NEED TO LEAD WITH RACE AND EQUITY. IF WE WANT TO BE A SANCTUARY CITY IN THE FULL EMBODIMENT OF THAT WE NEED TO DO THE THING OF WHAT THAT MEANS. SO I’M HOPING THAT AS COCHAIR WITH OUR AMAZING COMMISSION THAT WE ARE NOT JUST TALKING PHILOSOPHY AND WE ARE HOLDING ACCOUNTABLE TO ACTION.>>YES. WE WENT ACTION, NOT RHETORIC. >>YES. >>SOME OF THOSE LEASES CAN BE 72 PAGES LONG WHEN YOU LOOK AT ADDENDUM’S. YOU GET YOURSELF ON CONTRACT. YOU DON’T READ IT. YOU JUST ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU READ IT. I THINK YOU SHOULD PROBABLY READ EVERYTHING BUT WITH YOUR LEASE YOU SHOULD NOT JUST BREEZE THROUGH 72 PAGES BECAUSE OF A LANGUAGE BARRIER OR A DISABILITY THAT MIGHT HINDER YOU FROM DOING THAT. THIS CAN HELP YOU DO THAT? >>IT IS PUT ON THE TENANT WHO IS ALSO PROBABLY WORKING 40 HOURS A WEEK AT A MINIMUM WAGE JOB. IT IS A LOT TO ASK. >>RIGHT. >>OKAY. THAT IS THE WORK PLAN. WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE TWO LETTERS THAT WE HAVE HERE. SO TWO DIFFERENT WORK GROUPS CAME TOGETHER ON THESE. THE FIRST LETTER IS THE PASSING RENT CONTROL WHICH IS THE RENT STABILIZATION GROUP THEY WORKED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TENANT PRODUCTION LAW GROUP. OUR TWO PEERS OVER THERE WORKED VERY HARD ON — THERE IS YOUR PRESENTATION. WHICH ONE OF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO OVER THE PRESENTATION? >>BEFORE YOU GET STARTED I WANT TO SAY IT WAS ACTUALLY — IT WAS INCREDIBLY WONDERFUL THAT WE, IN OUR OFFICE AND WITH A LOT OF COMMUNITY MEMBERS. WE WERE AND SOCIALIST, WE WERE TALKING — MOST OF THEM ARE RENTERS AND STRUGGLING TO PAY THEIR RENT. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW WOULD IT BE IF WE PUSHED FOR, WE BUILT A MOVEMENT FOR RENT CONTROL. WE KNOW WE HAVE TO DO THAT. THIS IS A STARTING POINT TO GET THE STATE BAN LIFTED. WHAT IF WE ACTUALLY BUILT A MOVEMENT IN SEATTLE TO WIN A LAW THAT SAYS WHEN RENT CONTROL FREE OF LOOPHOLES BUT THAT WILL GO INTO EFFECT WHEN IT WAS LIFTED BECAUSE WE DON’T WANT TO BE CONFRONTED WITH THAT AGAIN AND AGAIN. SO FOR US IT WAS JUST INCREDIBLY AMAZING TO SEE THE ROGERS COMMISSION RECOMMENDING THE EXACT SAME THING. IT REALLY MADE US FEEL LIKE WE ARE NOT ALONE. SOCIALISTS ARE CLEARLY IN TUNE WITH WHAT MANY OF US ARE THINKING AND THE RENTERS COMMISSION BRINGS IN A LOT OF THE EXPERIENCE THAT PEOPLE ARE FEELING AND I HAVE TO SAY SINCE THE PRESS CONFERENCE WE DID ON MONDAY THE RENTERS COMMISSION WAS PART OF, CLEARLY, FOLLOWING THE RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU VOTED ON AS A COMMISSION. SINCE THEN OUR EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN THAT DUE TO OUR EXPERIENCE, TO FIND THAT MOST RENTERS ARE SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THIS IDEA. IN FACT, THEY SAY WHERE DO I SIGN UP FOR THIS? MOST OF THE TIME WHEN MY OFFICE SHARES PETITIONS FOR PEOPLE TO SIGN ON AN ISSUE WE GET A LOT OF PEOPLE SIGNING IT. MOST OF THE TIME PEOPLE WILL JUST SIGN IT AND NOT WRITE COMMENTS. WE WOULD LOVE TO SHARE SOON WITH THE RENTERS COMMISSION AND WITH THE PUBLIC THE INCREDIBLE COMMENTS THE PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT WHY THEY WANT RENT CONTROL AND WHY THEY’RE WILLING TO FIGHT FOR IT. I REALLY WANTED TO THANK AND CONGRATULATE THE RENTERS COMMISSION FOR SHOWING THAT LEADERSHIP AND ALSO NOW YOU CAN HAVE YOUR PRESENTATION. >>WE HAVE AN EXCITING COLLECTION OF PEOPLE IN OLYMPIA WHO ARE STARTING THIS CONVERSATION AS WELL. THAT ADDS MORE EXCITEMENT FOR ME. >>ABSOLUTELY. >>ANOTHER GREAT THING IS THAT IT IS NOT JUST SEATTLE. WE ARE THE CITY THAT GETS TO TALK ABOUT IT RIGHT NOW. HOPEFULLY, OTHER CITIES WILL SEE US AS AN EXAMPLE. IF WE CAN PASS RENT CONTROL HERE, PROACTIVE RENT CONTROL THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, WE CAN GO INTO PLACES LIKE YAKIMA, AUBURN, KENT, SMALLER CITIES THAT ARE FEELING THIS BOARD BURDEN AS WELL. THEY CAN TAKE UP THAT MANTLE OF RENT CONTROL. AND I WANTED TO ACTUALLY, BEFORE WE GET INTO THIS, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT, FROM MY DAY JOB WE DO RENTERS RIGHTS WORK. WE USED TO DO SURVEYS. 98% OF THE RENTERS WE TALKED TO WERE IN FAVOR OF RENT CONTROL. THAT IS A HUGE NUMBER WHEN IT COMES TO ORGANIZING. YOU DON’T HAVE NUMBERS LIKE THAT. THAT IS A HUGE NUMBER. WHY DON’T WE GO AHEAD AND GET TO THIS. THIS IS JUST A PRESENTATION WE PUT TOGETHER THAT EXPLAINS OUR REASONING BEHIND RENT CONTROL AND THE PRODUCTIVE RENT CONTROL WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. WHEN I SAY THAT IT IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU SAID EARLIER, ALONG THAT IS PASSED NOW THAT WILL BE ON THE BOOKS SO WE CAN USE THAT TIME TO PLAN FOR MEANINGFUL RENT CONTROL LEGISLATION WHEN THE EXCUSE ME ALONG, WHEN THE STATE BAN IS LIFTED. SO OBVIOUSLY, WHY RENT CONTROL? WELL, IT’S PRETTY SIMPLE. WE SAW A HUGE CONTINGENT OF PEOPLE EARLIER TODAY FOR A VERY SIMILAR THING. WHEN IT COMES TO PEOPLE — PEOPLE WANT TO STAY IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. THEY HAVE FOR GENERATIONS WANTED TO STAY IN THEIR COMMUNITY. SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT SEATTLE HAS PREDICTABLE AND AFFORDABLE RENT. IT IS A NO-BRAINER WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT. IN THE BACKGROUND OF THIS PHOTO WE HAVE THE KENTON APARTMENTS WHICH IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF JUST ONE OF THE MANY BUILDINGS AROUND THE CITY THAT HAS FACED RENT INCREASES THAT HAVE LED TO A LOT OF PEOPLE BEING WORRIED ABOUT DISPLACEMENT AND SOME HAVE ALREADY BEEN DISPLACED. SOME HAVE RECEIVED A 70% RENT INCREASES. THAT IS NOT AFFORDABLE OR PREDICTABLE. >>PLEASE SHARE WHERE THAT IS LOCATED. >>THE KENTON APARTMENT BUILDING IS ON CAPITOL HILL. OBVIOUSLY IN 2019 IT IS A PLACE WHERE WE THINK HAS COME AND GONE WHEN IT COMES TO DISPLACEMENT AND AFFORDABILITY IN SEATTLE. THEY WERE PEOPLE LIVING IN LONG- TERM BUILDINGS WHERE THEIR LANDLORD, THEY HAD A PRIVATE LANDLORD THAT THEY HAD A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH. THEY KEPT THE RENT BELOW MARKET RATE. RECENTLY THE LANDLORD DECIDED TO SELL THE BUILDING TO CORPORATE DEVELOPERS AND THEY DID WHAT CORPORATE DEVELOPERS DO AND THEY RAISED THE RENT TO FIT WITH THE MARKET. INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH THE KENTON BUILDING, THEY HAVE WON A LOT OF VICTORIES THROUGH ORGAN ADVISING WHICH IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO. THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PUSH BACK THAT RENT INCREASE. THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LIMITED. IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT THE PREVIOUS LANDLORD WAS RENT CONTROLLING HIMSELF. A LOT OF SMALL LANDLORD THAT YOU TALK TO ARE DOING. KENTON IS A REALLY GOOD EXAMPLE. IT’S JUST NOT ON CAPITOL HILL, THE CENTRAL DISTRICT IN THE SOUTH END, IN THE NORTH END, IT IS EVERYWHERE IN SEATTLE. WHY, BECAUSE WE HAVE A STATEMENT ON RENT CONTROL. ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN THE 70s CITIES WERE PASSING RENT CONTROL LAWS. SAN FRANCISCO, NEW YORK, BOSTON HAD RENT CONTROL AS WELL. THEN YOU LOOK NORTH, QUCBEC AND MONTRCL HAD RENT CONTROL IN 1979. VANCOUVER AND BRITISH COLUMBIA HAS FORMER RENT CONTROL. IN 1981 AFTER PUSH TENANTS ORGANIZED. THEY WANTED RENT CONTROL IN WASHINGTON STATE. THE LANDLORDS DID A GOOD JOB OF LOBBYING AND THEY GOT THAT PAST. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING AGAINST ALMOST 4 DECADES OF ALLOWING RANCE TO GO UP WILLY- NILLY. IN MY JOB I TELL RENTERS THAT IT IS AN ILLUSTRATION BUT IT IS TRUE THAT IN 30 DAYS YOUR RENT CAN GO UP BY LESS THAN 10% BUT IN 60 DAYS YOUR LANDLORD CAN RAISE YOUR RENT BY $1 MILLION. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY LEGAL. IF YOU LOOK, OUR RENTS HAVE BEEN UNPREDICTABLE IN SEATTLE. SINCE 2008 OUR RENTS HAVE JUMPED UP OVER — 62%. THAT IS JUST AN ILLUSTRATION. THESE RENT INCREASES WILL BE HAPPENING YEAR OVER YEAR WITHOUT ANY KIND OF BALANCE. I KNOW I AM LUCKY TO LIVE IN A BUILDING WITH A LANDLORD WHO RENT CONTROLS HIMSELF. HE RAISES THE RENT EVERY YEAR BY $25. PEOPLE THAT I WORK WITH GOT A $600 RENT INCREASE OVER THE COURSE OF 2 SEPARATE RENT INCREASES OVER THE COURSE OF ONE YEAR. $600. AND THAT SHOWS THAT JUMP. EVERY 30 DAYS YOU CAN GET A RENT INCREASE OF 9% OR LESS. EVERY 60 DAYS YOU CAN GET A RENT INCREASE OF 10 OR MORE. THAT IS ESPECIALLY HARD ON THE COMMUNITIES THAT WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT TODAY. IF YOU ARE A RENTER AND YOU ARE A SINGLE PARENT, IF YOU ARE A FAMILY, IF YOU ARE A SENIOR, 60 DAYS IS JUST NOT ENOUGH.>>LET ME GO TO THE NEXT LIGHT. >>THE RENTERS COMMISSION SEES THAT SEATTLE COULD BE A CATALYST. WE COULD BE THE CITY TO START THIS. IF WE WERE TO PASS A PROACTIVE RENT CONTROL LAW NOW THIS WOULD SEND A MESSAGE TO OLYMPIA THAT THERE IS A NEED AND A WANT FOR THIS. IN THE LARGEST CITY IN THE STATE. WE ARE HOPING THAT THIS WILL HAVE A RIPPLE EFFECT LIKE SIMILAR MALLS HAVE. I WAS REALLY HOPING THAT WE WOULD HAVE MORE CITY COUNCILMEMBERS HERE TO HELP US ON THIS. YOU KNOW, IF WE CAN DO THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, LIKE WE HAD SAID IN OUR PRESENTATION I’M SORRY IN OUR LETTER, THIS IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT WILL LEGITIMIZE THE FIGHT ACROSS THE STATE. >>YOU ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE. YOU WILL HEAR FROM ECONOMIST TO OUR EVENTUAL CAPITALIST AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THE RENT CONTROL JUST SIMPLY DOESN’T WORK. IT IS ECONOMICS 101. YOU KNOW, IN SOME SENSES, THEY ARE RIGHT. IT IS AN ECONOMICS CLASS. IT IS PROBABLY NOT ON THE LEVEL OF 101. OTHER CITIES HAVE THE SAME PROBLEMS WITH RENT CONTROL. THEN THERE ARE CITIES THAT HAVE A GREAT LAW. IN THIS BACKGROUND HAVE MONTRCL, THE GOLD STANDARD FOR RENTERS IN NORTH AMERICA. WHAT THEY HAVE IS RENT STABILIZATION WITH VACANCY CONTROL. THEY TAKE AWAY THE LOOPHOLES AND FOR THEM, WE WILL SEE YOU LATER ON, THE RENT HAS STAYED PRETTY STABLE. WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE. WE SEE WHAT ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO? WHAT ABOUT NEW YORK? WHAT ABOUT ANOTHER CITY THAT HAS HAD PROBLEMS WITH RENT CONTROL? MYSELF, I AM LUCKY THAT I USED TO WORK IN SAN FRANCISCO AS A TENANT RIGHTS COUNSELOR AND AN ORGANIZER AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT SAN FRANCISCO, THE LAW IS NOT PERFECT. BELOW IS FULL OF LOOPHOLES. THEY WERE THERE. THEY WERE PUT THERE INTENTIONALLY BECAUSE THEY WERE ONE OF THE FIRST CITIES IN THE COUNTRY TO ENACT THAT DURING THAT BIG WAVE. THEN ALSO, BECAUSE THESE CAVEATS WERE REQUIRED FOR LANDLORDS TO BUY IN. IN SAN FRANCISCO, NO BUILDING BUILT AFTER JUNE 1979 WILL HAVE RENT CONTROL. SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES DON’T HAVE RENT CONTROL. MOTHER LAW UNITS DON’T HAVE RENT CONTROL. VACANT UNITS DO NOT HAVE RENT CONTROL. LANDLORDS CAN USE CALLED THE AFFECT, OTHER FORMS OF EVICTION TO PUSH PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR HOMES AND THEN RAISE THE RENT BY TRIPLE DIGITS. WHAT’S COMMON IN SAN FRANCISCO IS AN ILLEGAL BUYOUT WHERE A LANDLORD GIVES A VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY TO FORCE THEM TO MOVE AND THEN THE RENT GOES UP BY 400 OR 500 MAYBE EVEN $1000. THEN THERE IS SOMETHING CALLED A RENT BOARD APPROVED PASS- THROUGH. THOSE ARE ALLOWED BY THE RENT BOARD. THEY HAVE TO BE APPROVED BY THEM FOR LANDLORDS TO DO REPAIRS ON THEIR PROPERTY SO THEY CAN RAISE THE RENT ON THAT PROPERTY TO DO REPAIRS AND BUNDLE THOSE. SO YOU SEE PLACES IN SAN FRANCISCO, IF YOU LOOK AT THAT CITY, MANY PEOPLE LIVE IN BUILDINGS THAT AREN’T NECESSARILY APARTMENT BUILDINGS. THERE SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T FALL UNDER THAT. THEN IF YOU ARE ON RENT CONTROL AND YOU ARE IN THE UNIT, THAT UNIT IS THEN UP FOR GRABS.>>I THINK YOU ARE COMING TO THAT NEXT BUT I WANT TO SAY THAT YOU USED THE TERM VACANCY DECONTROL, SO I’M HOPING YOU COULD EXPLAIN THAT FOR OUR VIEWERS AND ALSO, WHEN YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO WE WERE ALSO TALKING ABOUT THE WEAKENING OF RENT CONTROL, IF YOU COULD GET INTO THAT. AS YOU SAID, WE ARE GOING TO HEAR A LOT OF THIS AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE DASHED THE ONLY WAY WE CAN WIN THIS IS TO ARM THOUSANDS TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN YOU HAVE A ROBUST RENT CONTROL BALL IT WORKS GREAT. >>THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION. SO VACANCY CONTROL IS SIMPLE. IF YOU LOOK AT SAN FRANCISCO, THE RENT CONTROL DOESN’T APPLY TO VACANT UNITS AT ALL. ONCE THERE IS NOBODY LIVING IN THAT UNIT YOU CAN RAISE THE PRICE BY AS MUCH IS WHAT YOU WANT. THERE ARE EXAMPLES OF VACANCY CONTROL WHICH APPLIES TO VACANT UNITS AND COST, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS A LITTLE TOO COMPLICATED TO GET INTO IN THIS MEETING. WHAT I WOULD RECOMMEND PEOPLE DO IS LOOK AT THE WORK THAT GROUPS LIKE TENANTS TOGETHER AND OTHERS, ALL THESE PLACES THAT ARE WORKING TO REPEAL THIS, THEY ARE DOING IT FOR A REASON. IT IS LIMITING THE LOCAL CONTROL OF RENT CONTROL IN SAN FRANCISCO AND LOS ANGELES WHERE THEY WANT MORE ROBUST PROTECTIONS BUT THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO. WE LOOK AT A PLACE, THERE IS A PLACE WHERE THERE IS ALLOWANCE FOR THAT. IT IS QUCBEC. THEY HAVE HAD RENT CONTROL ON THE BOOKS WITH NO — NONE OF THOSE CAVEATS SINCE 1979. THEY HAVE ALSO LIKE SEATTLE SEEN A BIG BOOM. THEY HAVE — BETWEEN 2008 AND 2017 THEY ADDED 100,000 PEOPLE. NOT AS MUCH IS US BUT THEY HAD A HUGE BOOM ALSO IN TECH. THEY BROUGHT IN PEOPLE WITH HIGHER INCOMES. IT IS A CITY THAT WHEN WE WERE DOING THE STUDIES WE FOUND AS MICHAEL IS GOING TO TALK ABOUT, 180 DAYS THAT WE SAW THAT WAS DOING THIS REALLY GREAT WORK FOR RENTERS. IT IS KIND OF LIKE THE BIZARRO SEATTLE. WHEN YOU TALK TO A RENTER THEY TALK ABOUT HOW EASY IT IS TO RENT THERE AND HOW MUCH REASON EXCUSE ME FREEDOM THEY FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE. A GREAT EXAMPLE IS ON THE NEXT SLIDE. YOU CAN SEE THAT THE RENT HAS GONE UP MUCH LESS THAN HOURS IN THE SAME DECADE THAT WE MENTIONED. BETWEEN 2008 AND 2017 THERE RENT WENT UP $100 ACROSS ALL HOUSING TYPES. THERE ARE PLACES LIKE THE ROWHOUSES IN MONTRCL THAT ARE HIGHER RENT PER MONTH THAN THAT. BY ALL SOURCES COMBINED IT IS ONLY GOING UP BY 9% ON AVERAGE. THAT IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE THAT RENT CONTROL POLICY. THEY DON’T HAVE ANY LOOPHOLES OR CAVEATS THAT SAY YOU HAVE RENT CONTROL BUT THEN YOU CAN ALSO ASK FOR A LITTLE BIT MORE MONEY. >>THE ECONOMY HAS NOT GONE DEFUNCT? >>NO. >>IT IS NOT TANKING. SURPRISINGLY, IT IS A VERY VIBRANT CITY. IT IS INTERESTING BECAUSE YOU WILL TALK TO PEOPLE WHO SIT ON THE DEVELOPER SIDE OF THIS AND THEY WILL TELL YOU THAT PEOPLE WILL STOP BUILDING IF RENT CONTROL HAPPENS. IN SAN FRANCISCO THEY ARE STILL BUILDING. WE ARE BUILDING A LOT MORE THAN EVERYBODY ELSE. IF YOU GO TO SAN FRANCISCO AND MIDMARKET TO THE FILLMORE, THAT IS VERY SIMILAR TO THE CENTRAL DISTRICT WHERE GENERATIONS OF BLACK FOLKS HAVE BEEN DISPLACED FOR CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT. IF YOU GO TO MONTRCL YOU SEE DEVELOPMENT HAPPENING THERE. IT DOESN’T KILL THE ECONOMY LIKE PEOPLE SAY. RENTERS, WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT PEOPLE THAT CAN’T AFFORD TO LIVE IN SEATTLE NOW BUT STILL HAVE TO COMMUTE FROM KENT OR AUBURN OR ANYWHERE ELSE, THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO STAY IN PLACE WITH RENT CONTROL. SO INSTEAD OF HAVING LONG COMMUTES AND PEOPLE BEING FORCED OUT OF THE CITY, THE PEOPLE THAT ARE MAKING THE CITY GREAT AND RUN, THE WORKERS AND THE TEACHERS AND THE NURSES AND BARISTAS, RETAIL WORKERS, THESE PEOPLE GET TO STAY IN THE CITY THAT THEY LOVE AND THE CITY THAT THEY PUT ROOTS IN. IF YOU LOOK AT MONTRCL AGAIN, YOU DON’T HAVE THAT WORRY. EVERYBODY AT THIS TABLE CAN TALK ABOUT A STORY OF WHEN CHRISTIANA BROUGHT IT UP, WORRYING ABOUT ONCE A LIGHT RAIL COMES INTO NORTH GATE. THAT IS A LEGITIMATE FEAR FOR RENTERS. I HAVE TALKED TO RENTERS WHO DO NOT TALK ABOUT THAT AT ALL. THEY DO NOT WORRY ABOUT RENT INCREASE. THEY DASHED IT’S INTERESTING BECAUSE THE PEOPLE THAT I HAVE TALKED TO, THEY LOVE THEIR LANDLORDS. THEY HAVE DINNER WITH THEM. THEY WORK WITH THEM, THEY PAINT THE HOUSE TOGETHER WITH THEM. I GO IT’S A VERY DIFFERENT WORLD. >>CAN YOU ALSO SHARE FROM YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF MONTRCL WHAT — WE KNOW THE OTHER MYTHS ABOUT RENT CONTROL AND THE DEMONIZING THAT THE QUALITY OF THE HOMES DETERIORATES WHEN YOU HAVE STRONG RENT CONTROL. WHAT DO THE RENTERS THINK ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE RENTAL HOMES THERE? >>I HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO VENTURE INTO QUITE A FEW OF THOSE HOMES. THEY ARE LIKE SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BROWNSTONES THAT YOU CAN IMAGINE. THAT IS THE INTERESTING THING AS WELL. A LOT OF TIMES IN SEATTLE, I HAVE TALKED TO LANDLORDS THAT THEY ARE ALREADY EFFECTIVELY CONTROLLING THEIR OWN RENTS. THEY STABILIZE THEIR OWN RENTS. IT IS NOT ANY DIFFERENT THAN THAT. THE WORST AND MOST APPALLING CONDITIONS THAT I HAVE SEEN WITH MY OWN EYES IN SEATTLE WHEN ORGANIZING TENANTS WAS WITH BIG CORPORATE DEVELOPMENTS. IT IS RARELY WITH SMALL LANDLORDS. EVERYONE THAT I HAVE TALKED TO AND EVERY UNIT THAT I HAVE BEEN IN IN MONTRCL WAS BEAUTIFUL. IT IS VERY REMINISCENT OF THE OLDER BUILDINGS THAT WE HAVE HERE IN SEATTLE AND THEY ARE WELL KEPT UP. THERE IS THAT FEAR AND THAT IS A FEAR THAT EXISTED IN SAN FRANCISCO AS WELL WITH THE ABILITY TO KEEP UP WITH MAINTENANCE AND THINGS LIKE THAT. IF YOU RISE WITH INFLATION THAT GIVES YOU THE ABILITY TO KEEP UP WITH THOSE REPAIRS. IT DOESN’T SAY YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE ANY MORE MONEY. WE LIVE IN A CAPITALIST SOCIETY AND THAT IS GOING TO BE THE DRIVING FORCE AND THOSE CITIES ARE NOT CRASHING ECONOMICALLY. I THINK THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN SAY. IT IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE ANYTHING THAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. FOR MANY OF THE LANDLORDS WHO ARE EFFECTIVELY CONTROLLING THEMSELVES THE ONLY CHANGE WILL BE FOR THE BIGGER LANDLORDS WHO ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A 25% PROFIT MARGIN. >>RIGHT. >>THEY WANT TO EXPLOIT THEIR RENTERS. WE ALREADY HAD PEOPLE IN SEATTLE TELL US THEY ARE IN SUPPORT OF THIS ORDINANCE AND THEY WANT THIS TO HAPPEN. I WANTED TO MENTION ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE SEE IN SEATTLE IS SO MANY EXAMPLES, MY OFFICE HAS TENANTS CALLING US EVERY WEEK TALKING ABOUT HOW THEIR APARTMENTS, WHICH ARE VERY EXPENSIVE WITH EXPENSIVE RENTS HAVE MOLD INFESTATIONS, ELEVATORS THAT DON’T WORK, STAIRS THAT ARE BROKEN AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT DISABLED PEOPLE AND PEOPLE WITH REAL MOBILITY HINDRANCES BECAUSE THESE PROBLEMS ARE NOT FIXED. WE ESPECIALLY IN COMMUNITIES AND UNDOCUMENTED MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY, AS YOU CORRECTLY NOTED THEY END UP ACCEPTING SUBSTANDARD CONDITIONS BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID OF WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO THEM IN THE FORM OF RETALIATION. >>OURS IS ONLY 90 DAYS RIGHT NOW SO — >>THAT MAKES YOU THINK ABOUT — IS NOT GOOD LANDLORDS THAT ARE AFRAID OF PROTECTIONS. IT IS — IT’S PEOPLE, PREDATORY LANDLORDS. IT IS THE PEOPLE THAT WE MIGHT NOT NAME THAT HAVE A LAW NAMED AFTER THEM BECAUSE OF THE WAY THEY TREATED TENANTS.>>YES. THAT’S WHY WE HAVE LAWS. >>THE LARGER THIRD PARTY CORPORATE MANAGEMENT IS WHO I BELIEVE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW. THEY DON’T EVEN LOOK AT YOUR APARTMENT AND SAY OH, YOU HAVE LIVED HERE SEVEN YEARS YOU ARE $200 ON THE MARKET SO WE WILL RAISE YOU $200. THEY ACTUALLY HAVE SOFTWARE, THIS IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE AWARE OF. WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT THESE RELEASING SOFTWARE’S THAT CORPORATE PROPERTY MANAGERS USE. YOU PUMP OUT NUMBERS. YOU GET A PRINT OUT DAILY OF WHAT YOUR RENT SHOULD BE ON YOUR APARTMENTS BASED ON WHAT THEIR ALGORITHM SAYS. THERE IS NO HUMAN NEST TO THESE RENT CONTROLS OR INCREASES THAT ARE COMING OUT. ESPECIALLY IF THEY DON’T MIND WAITING 60 DAYS. IF YOU HAVE EVER TOURED AN APARTMENT ON TUESDAY AND THEY SAY IT IS 2100 AND THEN YOU TOURED ON WEDNESDAY MAY SAY IT IS 23 HUNDRED IT THEY ARE LIKE E USING YIELD OPTIMIZATION SOFTWARE. THAT IS TAKING THE HUMAN ASPECT OUT OF THE RELATIONSHIP AND TURNS IT INTO AN AGGRESSIVE ALGORITHM THAT PROMISES LARGE RETURNS TO PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANIES. >>IS IT OVERINFLATED THAT ARE USED? >>YES. IF YOU LOOK AT AN APARTMENT YOU PUT IN MORE THAN ONE APPLICATION. IF YOU’RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND THE APARTMENT OF YOUR DREAMS IF IT’S IN YOUR BUDGET THE FIRST TIME YOU GO LOOKING, LUCKY YOU. MOST PEOPLE LOOK AT SEVERAL, FIVE TO 10. SO EVERY TIME SOMEONE LOOKS AT THAT APARTMENT THE SOFTWARE SO THERE IS INTEREST IN THIS APARTMENT SO WHETHER IT’S AN IN MAIL OR APARTMENT OR TOUR THAT INFLATES THE SOFTWARE’S VALUATION OF WHAT THAT APARTMENT SHOULD BE. SO IF EVERYBODY AT THIS TABLE LOOKED AT A ONE-BEDROOM APARTMENT IN ONE BUILDING IT WOULD ASSUME THAT ALL 6 OF US WOULD BE POTENTIAL RENTERS AND ADD EVEN MORE VALUE TO THE COST TO RENT AS OPPOSED TO MOM-AND- POP LANDLORD SAYING, DEVON HAS BEEN HERE FOR A DECADE. I HAVEN’T RAISED HIS RENT. I HAVE BIG REPAIRS, HOW DOES 150 SOUND. THIS SOFTWARE IS NOT A PERSON. IT JUST RAISES RENT. WHEN YOU WORK IN THE CORPORATE PROPERTY MANAGE YOU CREATE THE MARKET. MONTHLY YOU CALL APARTMENTS THAT ARE SIMILAR IN STYLE TO YOURS AND YOU FIND OUT WHAT THEY RENT THEIR HOMES FOR AND WHAT THEIR VACANCY IS. 99% OCCUPIED AND YOU RENT ONE BEDROOMS FOR 2400. WE HAVE BEEN WHEN RENTING OURS FOR 2200 SO WE SHOULD INCREASE OURS. YOU CREATE THE INFLATION. IF EVERYBODY CALLED THAT HAVE THE SAME PRODUCT, THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO CONTROL THE PRICE THAT WAY. MARKET SURVEYS, IF THEY ARE GOING TO DO THEM, I FEEL LIKE WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THEM. THAT IS ALSO CONTROLLING THE MARKET AND FINDING OUT — YOU CAN CHARGE THAT MUCH? I KEEP GOING BACK AND FORTH. I RAISED TO 25, HE WILL RAISE TO 26 AND IT WOULD JUST KEEP GOING. >>THAT IS A SCARY THING. THAT’S A GOOD POINT. WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO TOUCH ON THIS. THE HUMAN ELEMENT IS TAKEN OUT OF IT. NOT FOR GOOD LANDLORDS BUT FOR BAD LANDLORDS THAT PEOPLE, CORPORATE LANDLORDS OR OTHERS DON’T SEE PEOPLE AS PEOPLE. THEY SEE DOLLAR SIGNS. WHAT IT REALLY ENDS UP BEING IS THAT THE PEOPLE WHO MISS OUT ARE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE FOR STAFF. MAYBE THEY LEAVE SEATTLE AND GO TO TACOMA OR EVERETT. THEY GO TO PORTLAND, THERE IS ALSO A REALLY GOOD CHANCE THAT THEY’RE GOING TO END UP ON THE STREET. 81% OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE ON HOUSE RIGHT NOW IN SEATTLE WERE PREVIOUSLY HOUSED IN KING COUNTY. THAT IS HUGE. THAT IS — WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A HOMELESSNESS CRISIS. THIS IS ONE WAY TO HELP SOLVE IT. WE WANT TO KEEP PEOPLE HOUSED. WE WANT TO BRING THE CONVERSATION BACK TO PEOPLE. WHEN YOU TALK TO A RENTER IN MONTRCL THAT IS WHAT IT IS. IT SEEMS LIKE THE LANDLORD HAS TO COMPETE OVER THEM. IT IS NOT US AND 30 OTHER PEOPLE APPLYING TO A UNIT. OR, PEOPLE WILL BE EVICTED, WILL PROBABLY TALK ABOUT THAT LATER. THEY WERE ECONOMICALLY EVICTED BEFORE AND ENDED UP ON THE STREETS. THAT IS WHY WE WANT RENT CONTROL IN SEATTLE. WE WANT TO BRING IT BACK TO HUMANITY. WE WANT PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO LIVE IN THE CITY, EVERY KIND OF PERSON. THIS SHOULD NOT BE A CHILD THE CHARLES DICKENS NOVEL. WE SHOULD NOT HAVE THIS HUGE DISPARITY HAD PEOPLE LIVING ON THE STREET. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO HOUSE EVERYBODY EQUITABLY. THAT IS REALLY WHAT THIS IS COMING BACK TO. >>OKAY. SO MOVING ON TO OUR NEXT SUGGESTION, GOING OFF THAT, WE HAVE OUR RECOMMENDATION TO INCREASE THE RENT NOTICE TO 180 DAYS. JUST STARTING OFF WITH THIS SOME FACTS ABOUT WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW, AS WE HAVE HEARD FROM DEVON, SEATTLE RENTS HAVE INCREASED IN THE LAST SIX YEARS 57%. IN THE LAST EIGHT YEARS THEY’VE GONE UP 62%. IT IS AN UPWARD TREND AND PEOPLE ARE GETTING PRICED OUT. AGAIN, THE INCREASES ARE NOT JUST $20 OR $30, THEY ARE IN THE HUNDREDS. SO, THIS IS WHERE WE ARE CURRENTLY IN TERMS OF WHAT THE NOTICE PERIOD IS. I DO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THERE IS HB 1440 THAT IS AT THE GOVERNOR’S DESK RIGHT NOW. THAT WILL INCREASE NOTICE TO 60 DAYS IN THE STATE. FOR ANY RENT INCREASE. THAT IS GREAT. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THAT BUT WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS WE STILL BELIEVE THAT 30 DAYS, 60 DAYS IS NOT ENOUGH. WE BELIEVE THAT 180 DAYS IS WHAT PEOPLE NEED.>>PARTICULARLY HERE WHERE THE RENT IS SO HIGH. IT IS A CRISIS. WE NEED TO BEHAVE LIKE IT IS LIKE CRISIS. >>CURRENTLY UNTIL THIS BILL IS SIGNED, FOR RENT INCREASES OF LESS THAN 10% THERE IS NO MORE THAN A 30 DAY NOTICE. 10% OR MORE THEY GET A MINIMUM OF 60 DAYS NOTICE. OUR QUESTION TO THAT IS IS THAT ENOUGH TIME TO EITHER MOVE, FIND A NEW PLACE OR INCREASE YOUR INCOME? AS WE HAVE SEEN THERE IS A LOT OF BARRIERS. WE HAVE HAD SOME SUPPORT FOR RENTERS IN TERMS OF FINDING NEW PLACES TO LIVE BUT THERE IS STILL A BARRIER OF, WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT, JUST FIGHTING. WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT LINE. >>I’M SORRY. >>OUR CURRENT RENT HIKE NOTIFICATION LAWS, WE BELIEVE IT WILL BE MARGINALIZED AND LEAVE PEOPLE HONORABLE. 30 DAYS IS TOUGH TO FIND A HOUSE ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE MOVING IN. SEATTLE IS A PLACE WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO LIVE. THAT IS A GREAT THING. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THOUGH THAT WE ARE NOT MOVING PEOPLE OUT AND DISPLACING PEOPLE IN ORDER TO GROW. THE CURRENT STATE OF OUR NOTIFICATION LAWS IN SOME WAYS IT INCENTIVIZES LANDLORDS TO ECONOMICALLY EVICT SOME TENANTS AND THAT IS WHERE THEY INCREASE THE RENT KNOWING THAT SOME PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD IT. THEY CAN BRING IN SOMEONE ELSE WHO CAN AFFORD THE HIGHER RENT. >>GENERALLY, WHAT DO WE DESERVE ? >>PEOPLE WITH CHILDREN? THEY CAUSE DAMAGE TO HOMES. THAT IS ONE EXAMPLE, DISABLED PEOPLE WHO AND UP NEEDING ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THEIR HOUSING. >>YES. I THINK JUST ANYONE WHO CAN’T AFFORD THE RENT. IF YOU CAN’T — IF YOU CAN RENT AT A HIGHER RENT TO SOMEONE WHO CAN AFFORD THAT THEN THAT IS REALLY A SAD SITUATION THAT WE ARE IN RIGHT NOW. THEN FOLLOWING UP WITH THE NEXT POINT, SOME PEOPLE SAY THERE ARE MONTH-TO-MONTH OPTIONS IN CASE SOMEBODY WANTS TO TAKE AN EXTRA MONTH TO FIGURE OUT WHERE THEY’RE GOING TO MOVE TO WORK TO FIGURE OUT THEIR RENT INCREASE AMOUNT. REALLY, THOSE MONTH-TO-MONTH OPTIONS ARE NOT AFFORDABLE DUE TO THE PREMIUM FEES. THOSE ARE ADDED ON TOP OF MONTHLY RENT. THAT WOULD MEAN THAT NOW SOMEONE IS PAYING WHAT THEY WERE PAYING BEFORE AND THERE IS ALSO — >>IF I WERE TO GIVE YOU A RENTAL RACE EXCUSE ME RATE INCREASE NUMBER I WOULD SAY HEY, YOUR RENT IS GOING UP 2400 OR YOU CAN GO MONTH-TO-MONTH WHICH IS AN ADDITIONAL $250. SO NOW YOU’RE PAYING $2650 FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE A CHANCE TO LIVE. IT CAN GO $50 UP TO $500. I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THAT IS EVEN A PREMIUM FEE. THE REASON THOSE ARE USUALLY INCLUDED IS BECAUSE IT IS SEEN AS RISKY FOR A LOT OF LARGER BUILDINGS TO HAVE LEASES EXPIRE WHENEVER WHICH IS WHAT MONTH-TO- MONTH IS. SO THEY CHARGE THIS MONTH TO MONTH FEE FOR THE RISK FACTOR. WE ARE IN AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRISIS. IT DOESN’T MATTER IF IT IS DECEMBER OR JULY YOU HAVE A LINE OF PEOPLE LOOKING TO MOVE IN. WE DON’T HAVE ANY PROTECTIONS ON THOSE. YOU CAN CHARGE WHATEVER YOU WANT. PENALIZING PEOPLE.>>AS IN THE SEATTLE TIMES ABOUT A WEEK AGO WE STILL HAVE ISSUES WITH PEOPLE NOT DISCRIMINATING AGAINST PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUBSIDIES, SECTION 8 AND THINGS LIKE THAT. IN MY EXPERIENCE I HAVE SEEN THIS WHERE SOMEONE JUST GETS IN ON A VOUCHER, WHATEVER VOUCHER IT IS. THERE IS ALREADY A BIAS AGAINST PEOPLE WHO HAVE SUBSIDIES VOUCHERS THEN THEY SAY WE ARE RAISING THE RENT. IT HAS TO INCREASE. OVER YOUR VOUCHER LIMIT. WHAT PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND IS THAT IT IS NOT SO MUCH OF FINDING SOMEONE WHO WILL TAKE YOUR VOUCHER BUT THEN GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS OF HAVING THAT APARTMENT DEPENDING ON WHICH VOUCHER YOU HAVE, HAVE IT INSPECTED AND APPROVED AND SOME OF THEM YOU MIGHT NEED TO MAKE REPAIRS OR CHANGES TO GET THINGS APPROVED BY THE VOUCHER GOING TO THE LANDLORD. IT TAKES LONGER THAN 60 DAYS. THERE ARE OTHER THINGS AS WELL ON THE SIDE OF SOME OF THESE VOUCHER PROGRAMS WHERE THEY HAVE DEADLINES AND LIMITS THAT IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT ADVOCACY ISSUE. PERHAPS WE CAN REDUCE SOME OF THAT, SOME OF THE BARRIERS TO FINDING HOUSING AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION AROUND WHO HAS RENTAL SUBSIDIES AND HOW IT IS ILLEGAL TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST THEM. >>THE COST OF LIVING ON SOCIAL SECURITY, THAT IS 2.8%. WE ARE NOT HEARING THAT RENTS ARE GOING UP 2.8%. THAT IS EVEN AFTER SEVERAL YEARS WHERE THERE WAS NO COST- OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY.>>YES. IT IS TOUGH. IF YOU LOOK AT THE SIDE RIGHT NOW, SEATTLE RESIDENTS PAY AN AVERAGE RENT OF $1731. TO PUT THAT IN PERSPECTIVE, SOMEONE MAKING MINIMUM WAGE RIGHT NOW WORKING 40 HOURS A WEEK EARNING $15 AN HOUR, THEY WOULD HAVE TO PAY 72% OF THEIR INCOME TO REMAIN HOUSE. THAT DOESN’T INCLUDE ANYTHING OTHER THAN READ.>>ANY ECONOMIST WILL TELL YOU NOT TO SPEND MORE THAN 30% OF YOUR INCOME ON HOUSING. THEY ARE NOT LIVING AS $15 AN HOUR MINIMUM WAGE JOBS. >>THIS IS WHAT YOU LEARNED IN SCHOOL, HOW BAD UNIONS ARE IN RENT CONTROL. LIKE OF THESE EMPLOYEES HAVE TO CALL OFF WORK TO FIND APARTMENTS WHICH AFFECTS MOST OF THOSE. THERE IS NO PAID TIME OFF. THAT’S ANOTHER REASON WHY THE INCREASE IS REALLY IMPORTANT. 30 ACES FOR WEEKENDS, NOT ENOUGH TIME TO FIND AN APARTMENT, MOVE, PACK AND GET YOUR SECURITY DEPOSIT LEFT. THIS IMPACTS BUSINESSES AND YOUR ABILITY TO PAY FOR YOUR NEW APARTMENT. >>60 DAYS, THAT NOTICE IS ALSO NOT ENOUGH. >>HE CAN’T BE. I’VE GONE TO LOOK FOR APARTMENTS AND BEEN 12th IN LINE WHEN I AM AN HOUR AND A HALF EARLY. THERE ARE SUPPOSED TO TAKE THE FIRST PERSON IN LINE. THAT DOESN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN BUT THAT’S A WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY. THESE ARE FOR APARTMENTS WITH SQUEAKY DOORS AND PEELING LINOLEUM AND YOU SAY I HOPE THEY WILL TAKE MY APPLICATION AFTER I WAITED IN LINE FOR 2 HOURS. YOU DO THAT OVER AND OVER UNTIL SOMEBODY CALLS. THE PERSON BEHIND YOU MIGHT BEING TWO INCOMES, WORKING AT AMAZON. WE FOOL AND WE FIGHT FOR SCRAPS. >>WITHOUT RENT CONTROL PEOPLE ARE LEAVING THE CITY. PEOPLE WANT TO TRY TO STAY WHERE THEY HAVE ROOTS. MAYBE YOU TAKE THAT FIRST 30 DAYS TO TRY TO MAKE IT WORK IN SEATTLE AND THEN YOU CAN’T AND YOU TRY TO MAKE IT AND THEN YOU GO OUT FURTHER AND YOU KEEP GOING. THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE DISPLACED REALLY A LONG WAY. THIS 180 DAYS WOULD GIVE THEM TIME TO CONTINUE LOOKING TO BE ABLE TO STAY IN THE COMMUNITY THAT THEY HELPED BUILD. >>IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE SYSTEMIC NATURE CAN COME HERE. I HAD A CLIENT WHO WAS WORKING FULL-TIME. HE HAD TO LEAVE BECAUSEOF A RENT INCREASE. HE LIVED IN HIS CAR. HE WAS WORKING FULL TIME MAKING $60,000 A YEAR. THEY WERE LIVING IN THEIR CARS SO THEY HAD MOVING VIOLATIONS AND FIND THAT IMPACTED THEIR CREDIT SCORE AND REPORT. WE DID FIND A LANDLORD THAT WAS CONSIDERING RENTING TO THEM BUT BECAUSE OF THE CREDIT ISSUES THEY WANTED FIRST, LAST, THE FULL AMOUNT OF RENT FOR DEPOSIT I TOLD CLIENTS YOU ONLY HAVE 20 TO 15 DAYS SO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THAT ON BOARD. FOR THAT PACKAGE IT WAS $8500. NOW THIS IS A PERSON THAT, IT WAS BECAUSE OF A RENT INCREASE. THEY WERE WORKING FULL-TIME. THEY DIDN’T HAVE ANY STIGMATIZED STUFF THAT WE HAVE FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE. THEY ENDED UP, THE ONLY OPTION THEY HAD AT THE END WAS TO GO INTO TRANSITIONAL HOUSING. IT WAS UNNECESSARY. I DON’T KNOW ANYONE WHO, EXCEPT THE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS THAT HAS $8500 READY TO GO. >>NO. I THINK 45% OF AMERICANS DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY IN THE BANK TO PAY FOR $400 UNEXPECTED EXPENSE. >>THAT IS A FAR CRY FROM ANYTHING LIKE $8500. >>THE REASON I ENJOY THE 180 DAY PROPOSITION IS THAT THIS IS LOCAL. IT DOESN’T INVOLVE US WAITING ON THE STATE TO DO SOMETHING. IT IS IMPACTFUL FOR EVERYBODY IN OUR CITY CURRENTLY. >>THE CITY HAS NOT ADDRESSED NOTIFICATIONS IN 20 YEARS. WE HAVE A GRAPHIC UP THERE SHOWING WHAT SOME OTHER CITIES IN THE REGION HAVE DONE. TACOMA RECENTLY UPDATED THEIRS TO BE 60 DAY NOTIFICATION. PORTLAND HAS 90 DAYS. VANCOUVER’S 90 DAYS AND MONTRCL IS 180 DAYS. WHAT WE ARE RECOMMENDING AND WHAT SOME OTHER CITIES HAVE DONE IS NOT SOMETHING IMPOSSIBLE. IT IS WHAT PEOPLE NEED. AGAIN, I THINK WE MENTIONED IT BUT WHO CAN INCREASE THEIR INCOME BY HUNDRED DOLLARS A MONTH IN 30 DAYS? IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT IS EASY TO DO.>>I’M SORRY. I WAS JUST GOING TO CAUTION THAT WE ARE OVERTIME FOR THE MEETING. >>OKAY. >>IN CLOSING, AT 10% INCREASE FOR THE AVERAGE TENANT IN SEATTLE IS $2000 PER YEAR. THAT’S A LOT OF MONEY. PEOPLE NEED TO HAVE TIME TO RESPOND TO THAT. >>I DO WANT TO THROW IN ABOUT 180 DAYS IN MONTRCL, SOME SAVVY LANDLORDS WILL PROBABLY TELL YOU THAT IT IS NOT NECESSARILY 180 DAYS THERE. THEY HAVE A VERY COMPLICATED SYSTEM. FOR A FIXED TERM LEASE IT IS BETWEEN 3 AND 6 MONTHS, THEY ALSO DO, BECAUSE THEY HAVE RENT CONTROL, EVERY TENANT GETS THE RENT INCREASE NOTICE AT THE SAME TIME EVERY YEAR. SO EFFECTIVELY EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANY NOTICE YOU KNOW IT IS COMING IN JULY. WITH THAT BEING SAID WE DASHED WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS WE SAW THERE WAS BETWEEN 3 AND 6 MONTHS BUT WITH THE CRAY ISIS THE WAY IT IS WE JUST SAID NO, 180 DAYS, NO CAVEATS, THAT IS WHAT WE NEED. >>HOW LONG HAS MONTRCL HAD THIS? >>IT WAS TIED TO THE RENT CONTROL LAW. BUT MAKE CREATED THE OFFICE IT WAS 1979. >>YOU WILL HEAR SOME PUSHBACK ON INCREASING THE NOTICE DAYS MEAN THAT LANDLORDS DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO BRING UP MONEY FOR RESPECT. I WOULD PERSONALLY SAY IT WOULD MAKE ME NERVOUS TO READ FROM AN APARTMENT BUILDING THAT CAN’T REPLACE THE REFRIGERATOR WITHOUT RAISING MY RENT. IT IS GOOD PROPERTY MANAGEMENT STANDING TO DO A YEARLY INSPECTION. YOU NEED TO MAINTAIN YOUR BUSINESS. I DON’T SEE ANY REASON WHY SIX MONTHS SHOULD NOT BE OVERLY PREDICTIVE OF YOUR BUDGET. YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. YOU KNOW THE LAST TIME YOU HAD TO DO THE ROOF. YOU KNOW HOW MANY LEAKS YOU HAD TO REPAIR THE YEAR BEFORE AND WHAT YOU SHOULD BUDGET FOR THIS YEAR. I DON’T NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THE SIX MONTHS BEING SO MUCH TIME THAT WE WON’T BE ABLE TO MAKE REPAIRS ON THE BUILDING. I CONSIDER THAT TO BE A POOR FORM OF BUSINESS AND IT WOULD MAKE ME A NERVOUS TENNIS. >>FROM A BASIC BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION SENT YOU SHOULD KNOW YOUR APPRECIATION VALUE OF YOUR INVESTMENT IN SIX MONTHS. I WOULD KEEP THE EMPATHY OF THE FACT THAT THERE ARE HUMANS AND FAMILY LIVING IN THAT APARTMENT. I WOULD ALSO PERHAPS, IF IT’S GOING TO TAKE SERVICES OR EDUCATION AVAILABLE FOR LANDLORDS TO KNOW HOW TO FORECAST WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL HAVE TO INCREASE THE RENT TO GIVE THIS NOTICE, THAT IS A GOOD COMPROMISE. I THINK AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER MYSELF, I WOULD BE VERY CONCERNED IF SOMEONE SAID THAT THEY DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO FORECAST APPRECIATION OF VALUES IN SIX MONTHS. >>VERY GOOD POINT. >>WE DIDN’T GO THROUGH ONE SLIDE. JUST TO SAY THAT [ INAUDIBLE ] I REALLY APPRECIATE THE COMMISSION NOT JUST COMING HERE BUT TAKING YOUR WORK SO SERIOUSLY. YOU KNOW, [ INAUDIBLE ] I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE WATCHING SHOULD ALSO GO TO MY COUNSEL OFFICE WEBSITE TO LOOK AT SOME OF — THERE IS A ONE PAGE IN THERE THAT WE PUT TOGETHER AND RENT CONTROL, THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTIONS. SOME OF THOSE THINGS GO INTO WHAT WE WERE MENTIONING ABOUT THE ECONOMISTS AND OTHERS ABOUT RENT CONTROL AND THEY CLAIM IT DOESN’T WORK. WE KNOW IT WORKS. THE MAIN THING BEING WE NEED A RENT CONTROL LAW THAT IS FREE OF LOOPHOLES. THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT WE NEED TO FIGHT FOR. ONE OTHER THING TO MENTION IS THAT ONE LOOPHOLE THAT WE DON’T WANT IS A RENT INCREASE. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT INCREASING NO MORE THAN THE INFLATION RATE. EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS LAW WOULD BE AS SOON AS THE STATE BAN COULD BE LIFTED. WHO IS COVERED, THIS IS PART OF THE LOOPHOLE IN CALIFORNIA, WE WENT ALL RESIDENTIAL RENTAL HOMES TO BE COVERED, SINGLE- FAMILY HOMES, A CONDOMINIUM THAT IS BEING RENTED OR AN APARTMENT BUILDING, NO EXCEPTIONS SHOULD BE MADE ON WHAT KIND OF SPACE IT IS. THEN QUICKLY ALL KINDS OF OPPORTUNITIES COME UP. SO THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THIS. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT. I DON’T THINK WE ARE GOING TO WIN EVERY COUNCILMEMBERS STRONG SUPPORT UNLESS WE BUILD A MOVEMENT AND THEN THEY MIGHT SUPPORT RENT CONTROL. THEN THEY WILL SUPPORT IT. >>YES. >>THANK YOU FOR ENGAGING WITH THE ROGERS COMMISSION. I BELIEVE I SPEAK FOR THE COMMISSION AS A WHOLE WHEN I SAY THAT WE ENCOURAGE COUNCILMEMBERS AT OUR MAYOR AND CITY DEPARTMENTS TO ENGAGE WITH US AS WELL. AS ANYTHING THEY DECIDE IMPACTS THE LIVES OF RENTERS. WE WANT TO TALK AND FIGURE THINGS OUT TOGETHER. >>I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO HAVE DISCUSSIONS WITH THE COMMISSION AND UNDERSTAND WHY IT IS YOU ARE RECOMMENDING THESE POLICIES. >>BEFORE WE GO, I WANTED TO MAKE NOTE THAT THERE WERE COUPLE OF PEOPLE WHO WERE PART OF OUR WORK GROUP WHO DID THIS WORK THAT WERE UNABLE TO COME TODAY. I WANTED IT TO BE DONE THAT THEY DID A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF WORK AND SHOULD GET CREDIT. BEVERLY AND DAVID DID A LOT OF WORK. HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE THEM AT THE TABLE NEXT TIME WE TALK WITH YOU AND HOPEFULLY EVERYONE WILL BE AT THE TABLE. >>MAKE WE EXCUSE ME MAKE SURE WE BUILD A BIG ENOUGH CAMPAIGN. THANK YOU FOR LEADING ON THIS. THAT LEADERSHIP MATTERS. WE NEED A STARTING POINT. AND PLEASE CONVEY CONGRATULATIONS FROM EVERYBODY IN MY OFFICE TO THE COMMISSIONERS WHO WORKED ON THIS. I ALSO WANTED TO MENTION GINA OWENS WHO IS ONE OF THE NEWEST COMMISSIONERS. SHE MAY NOT HAVE — SHE HAS BEEN FIGHTING FOR RENTERS FOR MANY YEARS. I AM ENCOURAGED AT THE WORK YOU ALL ARE DOING. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU FOR THE WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE. I WAS MAKING NOTES BECAUSE I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT. ESPECIALLY THE INFLATION AND INFLATED RENT THAT THEY USED FROM THE SOFTWARE. >>I CAN SPEAK TO YOUR OFFICE MORE ABOUT THAT IF YOU WOULD LIKE. >>I SAW AN ARTICLE ABOUT HOW THAT IS A PROBLEMATIC THING AND IT SHOULD BE MADE ILLEGAL. >>>>JUST ONE THING, THE LAST THING, I DIDN’T MENTION THIS. OBVIOUSLY RENT CONTROL IS WHAT MADE THE NEWS. WE ARE ACTUALLY — [ INAUDIBLE ] IT WON’T BE A MATTER OF CHANGING THE NUMBER, WRITING THE LEGISLATION IS SIMPLE. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THAT. WE HOPE THAT AS WE BROADEN THE CITYWIDE CAMPAIGN THAT WE CAN BRING IN TWO OTHER THINGS. WE ALSO WANT THE ECONOMIC EVICTION ASSISTANT. IF YOUR RENT GOES UP BY 10% OR MORE AND YOU ARE ANYWHERE AT OR BELOW 80% OF [ INAUDIBLE ] THEN YOUR LANDLORD OWES YOU THREE MONTHS OF RENT. >>THE 180 DAY COVERS ALL TYPES OF LEASES SO FIXED TERM LEASES, MONTH-TO-MONTH, WE DIDN’T WANT TO CREATE A SITUATION WHERE YOUR LANDLORD SAYS YOU GO MONTH- TO-MONTH. OUR RECOMMENDATION IS TO COVER ALL RENTALS>>THANK YOU FOR MENTIONING THAT. WE WILL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU. NEXT TIME WE DO THIS WE WILL HAVE A FULL CHAMBER AND ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS WILL BE HERE. >>I’M EXCITED ABOUT THAT. >>THANK YOU. >>MEETING ADJOURNED. >>

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