23 November 2016 Update
wishing you and your family a peaceful and healthy holiday season
Good Afternoon Everyone;
We have concluded 4 days of hearings and one additional day added by the Hearing Examiner on November 1st to allow for our examination of 3600 emails that the City withheld from our public records request. She asked that closing arguments be submitted sequentially in writing beginning with ours on Nov 9th, the City’s rebuttal on Nov 16th, and our rebuttal due today on the 23rd. We are crossing our t’s as I write. The Hearing Examiner hopes to advance her decision within the next few weeks. I’ll let you know when she rules! These closing arguments, along with all hearing records can be reviewed on the Hearing Examiner’s webpage at: http://web6.seattle.gov/Examiner/case/W-16-004 (please read the closing arguments at the end of the list – our final rebuttal will be added as the website is updated in the next few days)
Many of you have asked me to address a very misleading article published this month in a local magazine that claimed that our Appeal was advanced in an attempt to limit and turn away growth in our city’s neighborhoods. The author has written similar drivel before. I reluctantly agreed to be interviewed only under the specific promise that he would set aside his history of snarky partisan marketing and personal twist and instead address the Appeal head on without manipulating the facts or spinning his personal agendas. Obviously I fell into a trap falsely believing in his word and his promise, and that of his editor as well.
Just to be clear…
The City needs a wake up call and the U District Public Hearing is the place to do it. We need to show up and show up in force. If the city is allowed to increase heights 3-4 fold in the U District then the rest of the neighborhoods won't stand a chance. It's a mental game and we need to give them a clear message.
Show up! Bring your friends! Share the word! We need an uprising or there's no hope for any of us.
Public Hearing of the Planning, Land Use, & Zoning (PLUZ) Committee
Wednesday November 16, 2016
Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Deca
4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Open house at 5:30 PM; Presentation at 6:00 PM; Public Hearing begins at 6:15 PM.
Come early if you wish to sign-up and testify.
Some folks there will be handing out bright neon green scarves (Seahawks Green).
Please be sure to get one and wear it to show our unity.