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SCALE Update

Posted: 04 Oct 2018

Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability and Equity (“SCALE”) finished its appeal of the MHA EIS in front of the City’s Hearing Examiner on September 10, 2018 after 18 days of testimony. SCALE’s attorneys, Bricklin and Newman, in addition to six volunteer attorneys from SCALE presented SCALE’s appeal representing the 29 community and neighborhood objections to the MHA EIS. The Hearing Examiner will make his ruling on the appeal by mid November 2018.

Fauntleroy Community Association sent a letter to the mayor in August 2017, challenging the MHA EIS, joined SCALE in February, made two contributions to the SCALE appeal and had an FCA representative at most SCALE meetings. FCA believes that it is in the best interests of the Fauntleroy Community to continue to work with SCALE on the appeal and fundraising efforts to satisfy any outstanding expenses related to the appeal.

Thank you to the Fauntleroy Community for your commitment to making our community! The SCALE Board of Governors has sent out this thank you note to FCA.

Alki Community Council
Baker Street Community Group
Beacon Hill Council
Central Ballard Residents Association
Cherry Hill Community Council
Citizens for Architectural Diversity
Eastlake Community Council
Fauntleroy Community Association
Fremont Neighborhood Council
Friends of North Rainier Neighborhood Plan
Friends of Ravenna-Cowen
Georgetown, Duwamish Valley Neighborhood Preservation Coalition
Greenwood Exceptional Tree Group
Jackson Place Community Council
Madison-Miller Park Community
Magnolia Community Council
Morgan Community Association
Queen Anne Community Council
Save Madison Valley
Seattle Displacement Coalition
Seattle Fair Growth
Seniors United for Neighborhoods
South Park, Duwamish Valley Neighborhood Preservation Coalition
TreePAC
University District Community Council
University District Small Businesses
Wallingford Community Council
West Seattle Junction Neighborhood Organization (JUNO)
Westwood Roxhill Arbor Heights Community Coalition

September 25, 2018

Thank you for your support and your generous donation. Along with an anonymous major donor who provided matching funds, SCALE has so far raised over $200,000 to pay for legal expenses.

SCALE needs $25,000 more to cross the finish line. This will cover legal summary briefs and counter briefs for final arguments. The Hearing Examiner’s ruling is expected in early November.

Please donate and tell your friends.

Online: www.scaleseattle.org/donate.html By Check: Seattle Fair Growth Appeal 2442 NW Market Street, PO Box 487 Seattle, WA 98107 (memo: SCALE Legal Fund) Please come celebrate with SCALE in November. SCALE’s accomplishments will benefit all of Seattle, now and in the future.

SCALE Accomplishments

Dedicated volunteers from 29 neighborhoods and organizations, working with a legal team of 2 paid and 6 volunteer attorneys, have:

  • Appealed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the City’s proposed Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) ordinance, documenting MHA’s acceleration of displacement, contempt for neighborhood planning, devaluing of historic resources, and disregard of impacts on trees, open space, and land use.
  • Met weekly since November 2017.
  • Reviewed over 100,000 City documents.
  • Presented SCALE’s legal case during 18 full days of Hearings.
  • Engaged 6 Expert Witnesses.
  • Published an Op Ed in the Seattle Times.
  • Testified in multiple Seattle City Council meetings.
  • Strengthened community connections across Seattle.
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