In Other News...
Challenging the excellent August 5 Washington State Court of Appeals ruling that allows postering on utility poles ["This Poster Is Legal!!!," Rachel Joy Larris, Aug 15], City Attorney Tom Carr filed a "petition for review" with the Washington Supreme Court on Wednesday, September 4.
Last month, Carr told The Stranger he "wasn't thrilled with the decision" because it could open the door for inappropriate postering in parks and postering by spendy commercial interests [Five to Four, Josh Feit, Aug 15].
Sheesh. Instead of challenging the August 5 ruling, cool Council Member Nick Licata, teaming up with Mayor Nickels, thinks the council should overturn the poster ban ordinance. As for Carr's concerns about excessive postering, Licata says the appeals court ruling allows the council to set restrictions on the place and manner of postering. "The current ordinance is a hammer approach," Licata says, "and it's banning everything." JOSH FEIT
Mayor Nickels wants to move the Seattle Film & Video Office, which helps bring Hollywood shoots to Seattle and secure permits for film crews, out of the city's Office of Economic Development. Nickels, facing budget cuts and a decline in Hollywood business, wants to splice the Film Office together with music folks to create a joint music and film commission that emphasizes growth industries like digital music. JOSH FEIT
In her ongoing efforts to generate more low-income housing, Council Member Judy Nicastro passed a proposal out of her land use committee last month that tweaks parking requirements on low-income developments so developers aren't required to match units with parking spots.
Market-rate housing developers are currently required to build somewhere between 1.1 and 1.25 parking spots per unit, depending on the size of the development. Meanwhile, developers of housing aimed at folks earning 50 percent of the median income (i.e., $29,000 for a two-person household) are required to build between 0.5 and 0.75 parking spots per unit.
To encourage even lower-income development, Nicastro is proposing a zero-parking-space requirement for developments serving folks making 30 percent of the median income ($15,800 for two people).
"Allowing low-income housing developers to build the amount of parking they need, rather than an excessive number that is currently required, will enable them to provide more affordable housing," says Nicastro staffer Jill Berkey. JOSH FEIT