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in the past few hours David in Shoreline commented on From "aPodments" to Luxury One-Bedrooms, We Scoured Seattle to Find Out What the Rental Market is Like.
@11 - About 36% of the non-voted (non-levy) property tax goes to Washington State with the rest going to the city and county governments. The city and or county governments get the entire levy tax. The state's largest tax source is the sales tax + gross receipts tax (business & occupation tax) which generates more than twice the amount of revenue as the property tax.
in the past few hours David in Shoreline commented on From "aPodments" to Luxury One-Bedrooms, We Scoured Seattle to Find Out What the Rental Market is Like.
@5 - the City of Seattle has had a utility billing ordinance in place since 2003. The landlord must advise you of the method they use to determine the amount that you are billed (usually square footage) and must provide you with copies of the utility bills upon request. The landlord cannot charge "whatever they want" for utilities. Installing water meters in a building such as the Biltmore would be quite expensive and those costs would just be passed on to the tenants in the form of even higher rent.
in the past few hours David in Shoreline commented on Seattle's Homelessness Crisis: What You Need to Know.
Newbies take note - giving money to the homeless is not compassionate, it just furthers their drug or alcohol addiction. If they tell you they will use the money to buy food they are nearly always lying. This doesn't mean they are horrible people, it's just very difficult to kick a drug habit. There are many places for the homeless to get a meal. FareStart is a great program that can always use motivated volunteers and / or financial contributions.
in the past few hours David in Shoreline commented on Advice to Seattle Newcomers from Newcomers.
@Christie Coyle - Taqueria El Sabor is actually in Shoreline. But I agree with you - they are awesome.
Dec 30, 2016 David in Shoreline commented on The Morning News: Seattle Corporation Wants to Put Warehouses in the Sky, Seattle Burglars Only Want Tech, Seattle Is About to Get Very Cold.
@31 I'm quite sure fully automated vehicles without human backup drivers will be the norm within 10 years. Once the safety advantages are realized it's not hard to imagine that manually driven cars will be banned. Or at least have dramatically higher insurance requirements. The consumers who have made Uber worth $50 billion like the benefits of cheap on demand transportation. And full automation brings costs down below transit without any subsidies. And then there is demand brought on by e-commerce and the desire of free shipping.

But this won't just result in the loss of millions of drivers. It will bring upon a reduction in emergency room doctors, surgeons, personal injury lawyers, insurance agents, car wash attendants, retail auto parts sales clerks and hundreds or thousands of other jobs classifications that depend upon the auto industry as it currently exists.

Big changes in employment are indeed coming through automation.
Dec 15, 2016 David in Shoreline commented on Local Unions Call on University of Washington to Become a "Sanctuary Campus" and Combat Hate.
@11 - I guess I wasn't as clear with my words as I should have been. Nonetheless, my point still stands; American citizens should not have to compete with illegal aliens for public benefits. It is a well known fact that UW turns away American students who are academically qualified because they do not have enough space.
Dec 15, 2016 David in Shoreline commented on After Meeting With Trump, Bill Gates Proves That He Can’t Be Trusted to Fight Climate Change.
World's richest man gives his entire fortune to charity. Then he convinces several other billionaires to do the same.

But he doesn't support the public good. Bullshit.
Dec 15, 2016 David in Shoreline commented on Required Reading: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.
I expect that American citizens will be positively surprised by Trump. Resistance not necessary.
Dec 15, 2016 David in Shoreline commented on Momentum Is Growing for Safe Consumption Sites in Seattle, but Still No Answers about When They'll Open.
Unfortunately we read that addicts all over Canada have moved to Vancouver because of InSite. If you build it, they will come. Seattle doesn't need and can't afford to take care of all of America's opiate addicts. At best 3% of InSite users complete a treatment program.

Instead.... Write opiate prescriptions for no longer than 30 days with no refills without re-examination. Crack down on negligent doctors who over prescribe opiates. Use the statewide prescription database to prevent doctor shopping. Use naloxone judiciously to stop overdose deaths and methadone for long term treatment. Be relentless in pursuit of black market opiate dealers. Those are the best practices.
Dec 15, 2016 David in Shoreline commented on Local Unions Call on University of Washington to Become a "Sanctuary Campus" and Combat Hate.
UW is the largest recipient of NIH research dollars in the nation. It would be a shame to see them lose any of that federal money for not complying with federal law.

It's also a shame that students born in Washington State have a much more difficult time gaining acceptance at the UW or other state universities when they have to compete with those who are here illegally.