commented on Why I Am Voting for Kshama Sawant
She supports rent control. Short of strategic bombing it's the most effective way to cause the quality of housing to go down (for those in the rent controlled buildings) and the price (for most everyone) to go up.
If you hate affordable housing, vote Sawant.
commented on Seattle Police Arrest Foreclosure Protesters at Downtown Bank
@1 protecting people from unnecessary foreclosures is in the public interest. It's much better for someone to miss a couple payments, catch up, and then stay in their home rather than go through foreclosure and then eviction.
The courts cost taxpayers money. The use of law enforcement costs taxpayers money. And frequently the bank that has the mortgage isn't in a great position to figure out what the house is worth and they have to unload it at a bargain price after the home has set idle for months or years.