In brief: Plymouth Housing kicked off a campaign to build 800 units of permanent supportive housing with its funding goal already 50% met; Salesforce announced that it's buying Tableau, which will instantly give it a massive footprint in Seattle; Mayor Durkan announced a plan to destroy RVs being used as homes that the City deems to be unsafe; and Seattle Times real estate reporter Mike Rosenberg formally resigned.
Sunday, June 9th - Saturday, June 15th, 2019
Image from GeekWire / Monica Nickelsburg
Last Week in Seattle
The homelessness and housing affordability crisis:
  • Plymouth Housing Group announced a new campaign to build 800 units of permanent supportive housing (which has a 99% effectiveness rate at keeping people experiencing chronic homelessness due to addiction and mental health issues off the streets), with 2/3 of their financial goal already met thanks to $48.8 million in contributions from Amazon, Microsoft, the Ballmer Group, Providence and Swedish hospitals, and other local businesses.  
  • The City Council approved a plan to build 240 affordable homes in Discovery Park at Fort Lawton.
  • Mayor Durkan announced a plan to allow the City to destroy impounded RVs that they deem to be unsanitary, and to fine so-called "car-ranchers" who buy those unsafe RVs at auction after they've been towed and then rent them to people experiencing homelessness. KING 5 talked to several RV residents who are concerned the program could lead to their losing their vehicles and being put out on the street. 
  • Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda introduced legislation to give social workers at non-profits funded by the City of Seattle cost of living salary increases, to help ensure that they don't slip into homelessness themselves. 
  • And Tyrone Beason, now writing for the Los Angeles Times, looked at the reasons why none of the presidential candidates are talking much about the homelessness crisis that's affecting many regions of the country. 
Election Watch 2019:
  • Union-backed advocacy organization Working Washington formed a Political Action Committee (PAC) to counter the Chamber of Commerce's PAC, which has already raised $765,000 with a goal of overturning the City Council's progressive majority. 
  • Daniel Beekman looked at the outsized impact the City's Democracy Vouchers program is having on this year's City Council races. 
  • In response to complaints from several of District 3 incumbent Kshama Sawant's challengers about the percentage of her donations that come from outside of Seattle, The Stranger's Nathalie Graham looked at the numbers and found that even though 52% of Sawant's funds have come from outside the city limits (in small amounts from individuals), she's still raised $72,131 from Seattle residents, more than any other City Council candidate this year. 
  • Online trolls posted threatening, anti-Semitic remarks about District 2 City Council candidate Ari Hoffman on a website called 8chan (apparently a worse version of 4chan).
  • Governor Inslee will be sharing the Democratic primary debate stage with Elizabeth Warren and Beto O'Rourke on June 26th (Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders will be part of the June 27th debate).
  • And, as The Stranger's Rich Smith put it, "Howard Schultz Suspend[ed His] Book Tour for the Summer."
Local journalism news:
  • Erica C. Barnett broke the news that Seattle Times real estate reporter Mike Rosenberg, who was placed on leave last month after sending an unwanted sexually explicit message to a freelance journalist, officially resigned on June 7th.
  • Longtime KING 5 news anchor Lori Matsukawa, retired on Friday
  • And Ana Sofia Knauf, formerly of The Stranger and The Evergrey, announced on Twitter that she'll be joining Crosscut as their new Digital Editor. 
Real Estate Corner
The City Council voted to extend the temporary addition of the Showbox to the Pike Place Market Historic District by 6 months

Danny Westneat argued that if the City wants to decommission its public golf courses, the land would be better used for parks than for housing, since a) we have less park land as a percentage of our total area than most major American cities and b) there's still an enormous amount of unused capacity to build more homes on Seattle's existing land.

The City Council extended its moratorium on rent-bidding websites that let tenants bid against each other in hot rental housing markets. 

And Sarah Anne Lloyd at Curbed Seattle looked at what $2,200/month will rent you in Seattle right now. 
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Quick Takes
San Francisco tech powerhouse Salesforce bought Seattle-based Tableau Software for $15.7 billion, turning Seattle into what GeekWire's Todd Bishop christened "Salesforce HQ2." [Seattle Times, GeekWire]

Asia Fields broke the story of a former UW senior associate athletic director who was credibly accused of sexual assault by a volleyball player but was able to resign and take a job at another university. [Seattle Times]

SDOT added several bike infrastructure projects back to its Bike Master Plan following push-back from the bike activist community over earlier cuts. [Seattle Times]

Congresswoman Pramily Jayapal wrote a widely-shared op-ed about her decision to have an abortion earlier in her life. [New York Times]

King County Metro hired a new contractor to operate its Access paratransit service in an effort to improve reliability for those who use it. [Seattle Times]

Wednesday's heat wave caused a section of road in SoDo to buckle and crack. [MyNorthwest]

Because of our widespread lack of air conditioning, future heat waves in Seattle caused by global warming could cause hundreds of deaths annually here by the year 2100. [Seattle Times]

The environmental-sustainability-focused Bullitt Foundation announced that it's going to begin winding down its giving. [Seattle Times]

According to local dog-sitting platform Rover, Amazon is the most dog-friendly company in America. [GeekWire]

Seattle Public Schools drew criticism for canceling a popular after-school program for Native American students. [Crosscut]

And the state has decided to postpone tolling the tunnel until the fall (instead of this summer as originally planned). [MyNorthwest]

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