Josh Feit at Publicola noticed the extreme coordination of Mayor Murray’s campaign for HALA upzones, “affordable” housing, and the housing levy. He reports that the industry-funded propaganda shop Seattle For Everyone was at a City Council hearing April 4, misrepresenting themselves as a community group:
Members of the pro-HALA group, known as Seattle for Everyone (set up to counter the neighborhood backlash against HALA upzones), took the microphone— identifying themselves as reps from “Ballard for Everyone” or “Downtown for Everyone,” for example—and linked the housing levy with the inclusionary zoning plan, hyping a comprehensive strategy.
Actually, Seattle For Everyone is bought and paid for by the biggest businesses in town. (See their Supporters page.) They’re paying for offices in every neighborhood in town. (See their Neighborhood Groups page.) They seem to have a penchant for pretending to be who they’re not.
Comprehensive Housing Affordability Agenda Takes Center Stage at City Hall in Murray Organizing Coup
–by Josh Feit, at Publicola – April 5, 2016