News in Olympia on Progress of our Condo Conversion Bills and what you can do to help us!
last week you called/e-mail members of the Senate urging their support for a
Senate bill controlling runaway condo conversions,
- now we need you to make calls to key House members (just a few who we've listed below).... because a house version of our bill HB 2014 was just introduced!
-- please call and/or e-mail House members we've listed below - as many as you can at numbers addresses below - urging them to support a House version of our bill controlling conversions just introduced- HB 2014! Please do so ASAP! Thousands of folks are losing their homes unless we act inside and outside Seattle! Hearing to be held soon!
details: A special thanks to Rep. Maralyn Chase who has just introduced a House version of our condo conversion bill - HB 2014. She's prime sponsor and is joined by these other key sponsors - a special thanks too all of them too! Representatives Sharon Tomiko-Santos, Mark Miloscia, Bob Hasegawa, Phyllis Kenney, Larry Springer, Timm Ormsby, and Geoff Simpson.
- and now it's up to you to call/e-mail those legislators we've listed below urging that they too give their support to a condo conversion bill HB 2014 - and stay tuned for date of hearing in the House - again please make these calls/e-mails to those House members we've listed below even if you've already called/e-mail Senators
Summary: Two weeks ago, we asked you to call members of the Senate to urge them to support a condo conversion bill SB 5031 with amendments. That bill is still being considered in the Senate Consumer Protection and Housing Committee after hearings were held last week on it. There also is a substitute version of that bill that's even stronger (see details below) But now we've got a House version of this bill circulating thanks to several key and concerned legislators HB 2014 so you must call and urge members of the House for there support (even though you may already have called some Senators.)
Sooooo here's what you need to say when you call these House Rep's ASAP (see list & numbers below) - strongly urge them to support HB 2014 giving back to cities the right to control condo conversions and ensures adequate relocation to displaced low income tenants and senior citizens. This important bill in effect gives cities back "local control" of this serious problem that has caused the loss of 3900 lower priced rentals in Seattle just in the last two years and 4000 units lost in King County just in 2005 not counting Seattle. Other parts of the region and state also are seriously affected. by supporting this bill you'll give cities local option to control or limit these losses if they so choose. This is a serious problem that's driving up housing prices and causing widespread homelessness! Seniors also are signicantly affected. Please Support HB 2014. You can read the text of the proposed bill by going to the state's website for House of Representatives and typing in the bill number or by clicking here.
Also, for more details on the status of our Senate version. A "Substitute bill - SSB 5031 is now being introduced in the Senate Consumer Protection and Housing Committee which ensures a cities right to provide relocation assistance and to limit the number of conversions "temporarily" when the process of conversion adversely affects a city's housing stock. The earlier version only guaranteed a right of cities to require developers to share in the cost of providing relocation assistance to displaced tenants. The city's lobbyists now thanks to work of City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen is in fact supporting this stronger version too. Our House version already has the stronger language in it by the way. Oh and if you haven't yet called Senators, you also could call any of the Senators we've listed below especially the D's on the committee urging them to support the substitute over the original SSB 5031.
for more information/details call us at 632-0668 or go to our website (google Seattle Displacement Coalition and information on the bill is the lead headline)
Members of House Housing Committee call all D's especially urging them to strongly support HB 2014 giving back to cities local option to control 'runaway' condo conversions - 4000 county-wide in one year (not counting Seattle) and 3900 rentals lost in '05 and 06 in Seattle alone - please support HB 2014:
Mark Miloscia (Federal Way Area) Dem. (360) 786-7898 Thank him for being sponsor
Larry Springer(Kirkland, Woodinville)Dem (360) 786-7822 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Thank him for his sponsorship
Troy Kelley (Stielacoom,Lakewood, University Place)Dem.(360) 786-7890 mailto:email@example.com
Timm Ormsby (Spokane) Dem (360) 786-7946 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Thank him for being a sponsor too
Jim Dunn (area NE of Vancouver Wa) (360) 786-7994 mailto:email@example.com
Jim McCune (Yelm, Eatonville, Orting) Rep. (360) 786-7824 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Schindler (North of Spokane) (360) 786-7984 mailto:email@example.com
And if you get the chance also Please forward a "Thank You" to our prime sponsor Representative Maralyn Chase. mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org and our other sponsors - a real good group including Representatives Sharon Tomiko-Santos. mailto:email@example.com, Bob Hasegawa mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, Chair of the House Housing Committee Mark Miloscia mailto:email@example.com, Larry Springer mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, Geoff Simpson mailto:email@example.com, and Phyliss Kenney mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the Senate Housing Committee who you also could call if you haven't already - remember on the Senate side your calling to urge them to support SSB 5031 - for same reasons as stated above - calls include:
Mary Margaret Haugen (D) (360) 786-1999 mailto:email@example.com
Jim Honeyford (R) (360) 786-7684 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacobsen (lead sponsor of bill & D)
if you call Jacobsen please urge him to support the Substitute Bill SSB 5031 (not just the original bill SB 5031). The original bill did not include provisions giving back to cities the right to control the actual number of conversions occurring each year in their city (and was only a relocation assistance bill) mailto:email@example.com
Claudia Kauffman vice-chair (D) (360) 786-7692 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Derek Kilmer (D) (360) 786-7650 mailto:email@example.com
Brian Weinstein chair (D) (360) 786-7641 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Rodney Tom (D) (360) 786-7694 mailto:email@example.com
Bob McCaslin (R) (360) 786-7606 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerome Delvin (R) (360) 786-7614 mailto:email@example.com
also you could thank these two folks below too who co-sponsored the bill SB 5031 (along with Jacobson) on the Senate side:
Adam Kline (D) (360) 786-7688 mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Murray (360) 786-7628 mailto:email@example.com
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