commented on Why Does This House Cost $1,000,000?
@1 - You're right, the days of $600/month apartments are gone and won't be coming back. The question before us is if we want 500k condos or million dollar single-family homes. And from an affordability and environmental perspective, it's clear what the answer should be.
Oct 25, 2016
commented on Vote Approved on ST3!
There are few things in this world that I look forward to more than voting Reuven Carlyle out of office.
Oct 20, 2016
commented on We Believe You Should Vote No on Initiative 732
I get the "we need action now" argument, but it's worth stopping and thinking about the context around this vote. The fate of the world does not rest on carbon policy in Washington State, which is heavily powered by hydro and responsible for ~1.3% of American GHG emissions. The reason we're doing this at the state level is to provide an example for climate action that can be applied at the national (and international) level. Any low-carbon future we can imagine is going to require massive changes to how we power our homes and how we get around. A tax is one variable among many on fossil fuels, the price of which fluctuate based on supply and demand and a host of other variables. (See BC, where carbon emissions actually rose several years back when the price of oil tanked internationally). We're not going to get where we need to go without massive investments in things like energy efficiency, solar, wind, battery storage, transit, urban density, etc. And it's not really clear where we'd get the money for that sort of thing, if not taxing dirty fuels. As far as "pass this and make it better later" goes, you think we'll be able to go back to the legislature in 2018 and convince them to reinstate the B&O tax (or raise the sales tax by 1%) so that we can fund green alternatives or help transition workers in fossil-fuel dependent industries?
All state climate policies are dress rehearsals for national action, which is really what we need. I-732 sets the bar extremely low. In a country that is getting more diverse with every passing year, it's hard to imagine a national climate policy that doesn't include communities of color or labor unions, both of which were ignored by I-732. I-732 would be the ultimate pyrrhic victory - white Seattle liberals get to pat themselves on the back for "FINALLY DOING SOMETHING" while setting the national climate movement back, as other states copy the model of revenue neutral climate programs that barely move the needle on emissions.
Oct 4, 2016
commented on The City of Seattle Wasted $65,000 on Failed Whistleblower Witch Hunt
This entire debacle was infuriating on so many levels - the fact that basic police accountability was a bargaining chip in a labor negotiation, Murray telling the public they were bad progressives for wanting information on A LITERAL LIFE OR DEATH MATTER TO BLACK PEOPLE, $65,000 of city money down the drain in what was obviously a goose chase from the very beginning. Keep up the good work, Ed!
Sep 17, 2016
commented on The Critique of ACT Theatre's Bad Apples Is Contained In Its Title
The problem was more than just structural. Mr Langs and Co. have a black character play the (white IRL) sadistic, rapey ringleader to what end? If you're going to reinforce bad stereotypes about black men on stage the audience better learn something goddamn important about race at the end. And it's pretty convenient for haughty high-minded liberals like Langs (and all rich white liberal Seattle theater audiences) that all of America's sins were committed by dumb inbred Southern hicks like Lyndsay Skinner. (Half the play's gags were "aren't people from the south dumb!") I'm sure he'd devote the same opprobrium and condemnation to Obama's drone war or complicity in Israeli Apartheid he did to Bush's reign of terror.
Those Hispanic people playing Arabs on stage weren't the only people in the room that got tortured during this show. I'm not easily offended (I went to see a musical about torture for fuck's sake), but this was hot garbage.