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Monday, January 6, 2014

Kshama Sawant's First City Council Appearance

Posted by on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Every Monday, the city council has a morning briefing to start off the week, and many Mondays I drag my sorry ass out of bed to drink all the coffee in the world and try to stay awake through it. This morning, there's a fresh new face among all the suit-jacketed regulars:

  • Seattle Channel

She's been in council chambers before, testifying from the audience side of things, but this is the first time she's been sitting at that fancypants gubmint table. Kinda fun to see it actually happening, no?


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Pope Peabrain 1
Yes, and especially after reading grandma Mayor's letter yesterday.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 6, 2014 at 10:09 AM · Report this
Yes, it's going to be a lot of fun watching this train wreck.
Posted by WestSeven on January 6, 2014 at 10:15 AM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 3
#2 I won't be able to look away!
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on January 6, 2014 at 10:19 AM · Report this
I'm sure there's a giant circle-jerk going on in the Stranger office as we speak!
Posted by bigyaz on January 6, 2014 at 10:24 AM · Report this
Dominic Holden 6
@5) Stay classy.
Posted by Dominic Holden on January 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM · Report this
Kinison 8
Ohhhh what will she eat for lunch today? And what TV shows will she watch? Better start digging through her trash at home, the public needs more details on every waking moment of her day!

Posted by Kinison on January 6, 2014 at 10:39 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 9
@6: He is being as classy as the Slog writers, to be fair.

Can we get Goldy in there is secretly film her doing her hair and makeup and making misogynist comments to really complete the coverage of Ms Sawant's first day?
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 6, 2014 at 10:42 AM · Report this
When she exhibits any interest in any subject other than the $15/hr minimum wage, please let us know. I expect she will have problems multi-tasking.
Posted by Citizen R on January 6, 2014 at 10:43 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 11
@5 - As if the Stranger offices aren't gross and unsanitary enough as it is.
Posted by MacCrocodile on January 6, 2014 at 10:51 AM · Report this
Doesn't help much that she's wearing the clothing of a stoner. Why not just wear a hoodie, chica? Or better yet, a bathrobe. Oh, Seattle...
Posted by Confluence on January 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM · Report this
MajordomoPicard 13
@8 There's a difference between what you're describing and what this post covers. Her first public appearance "on the bench" is newsworthy enough and isn't going overboard with over-exposure. The only thing worse than the sort of round-the-clock coverage you describe would be having it accompanied by a new piece of your whining each time.
Posted by MajordomoPicard on January 6, 2014 at 11:19 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 14
The video video of Sawant is at the Seattle Channel, at 6:44. It's boring as fuck up to then. Things go WILD at 7:38 when Clark challenges Sawant to reveal the SECRET location of the Mayor’s CONFIDENTIAL minimum wage conclave and Sawant CLAIMS she “doesn’t know”! And then, as quickly as it began, the knives are put away… until next time.

This is why you don't want to know how your laws are made.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on January 6, 2014 at 11:47 AM · Report this
@6: Holy shit, are you really suggesting the term "circle jerk" is beneath Slog's high standards??? Seriously???
Posted by bigyaz on January 6, 2014 at 11:52 AM · Report this
@12, I am completely on board with a new bathrobe dress code for city council. I plan on wearing mine to the inauguration this afternoon.
Posted by jt on January 6, 2014 at 11:57 AM · Report this
The big coup for the bourgeoisie is that Sawant will have no input on any committee that handles Land Use. Once she burns the $15/hr grist and has her shit fight over utility rates--that latter of which she will lose at the hand of Moody's bond ratings for Seattle, she will be a lame duck while the developers and real estate speculators have their way with us with an 8-member council, who were already bought off. Holly Park is your future, Seattle.
Posted by hmmmmm on January 6, 2014 at 12:03 PM · Report this
very bad homo 18
It's very exciting. Especially now that the rest of them realize that they can be easily voted out next time around. I'm hoping this will inspire them to actually work with the new mayor and get some things done.
Posted by very bad homo on January 6, 2014 at 12:13 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 19
I’d say her look is much more haggard than fresh. You must have meant to write “new face”.
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on January 6, 2014 at 12:24 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 20

Yeah. If only Richard Conlin were still around. He'd sure give those developers what for, wouldn't he?
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on January 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM · Report this

Looks more like Polartec to me, which would mean she's adopting the uniform of approximately half the people who live and/or in Seattle (all of whom may or may not be stoners themselves, hard to say).
Posted by COMTE on January 6, 2014 at 12:28 PM · Report this
Live and/or work in Seattle, that is...
Posted by COMTE on January 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM · Report this
theophrastus 23
@21 Conlin liked Polartec it's probably just part of the gradual transformation from activist to having to deal with the activists.
Posted by theophrastus on January 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM · Report this
I have the good sense to recognize that commenting about someones appearance is beneath contempt so I have refrained.
These comments are made worse when the person is a) a woman b) is in the public eye for reasons other than their appearance or c) both.

But seeing as how people around here have already gone there; I've been keeping this comment all to myself until now- Does she take a bad photo?

I am embarrassed to say I have been smitten by her appearance rather than her politics. : (
Posted by jnonymous on January 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM · Report this
@24, I don't really care how she looks, but this isn't exactly a flattering photo, if you're wondering if bad ones exist.
Posted by ChefJoe on January 6, 2014 at 12:53 PM · Report this
It is interesting that people comment on what she is wearing. The same kinds of things are not usually leveled against men in positions of power. Good to see that sexism is alive and well in the Slog comment section!
I guess people did talk about how big Richard Conlin's head was, but he can't help that.
Posted by Mr. Bradley on January 6, 2014 at 1:11 PM · Report this
Fnarf 28
@21, @23, if it was up to me it would be expressly forbidden for any council member to wear polartec, even while out of the chamber. In fact, no city resident should be allowed to do so except during sports or gardening.

What I would like to see is Catalina Vel-Duray taking Ms. Sawant shopping for some nice pants suits and maybe a twinset or two.
Posted by Fnarf on January 6, 2014 at 1:12 PM · Report this
@27: yeah, no one ever commented on McGinn's appearance, even though he was the top executive.
Posted by hmmmmm on January 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM · Report this
@20 Red Herring.
Posted by hmmmmm on January 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 31
@28, and to see what an updo might look like with her face! Hint: AMAZING.
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on January 6, 2014 at 2:11 PM · Report this
Ipso Facto 32
Kshama spoke with Amy Goodman on today's Democracy Now!.

An excerpt:

AMY GOODMAN: That was coverage of the whole campaign for the minimum wage to be increased to $15. You have been an integral part of that. Explain what’s happened, both at SeaTac and Seattle.

KSHAMA SAWANT: Yes, this really started with, you know, the growing discontent against economic inequality and the abysmal standard of living and the race to the bottom that is being meted out to the vast majority of people, especially the younger-generation low-wage workers. And as you all have covered on Democracy Now!, December 5th of 2012 was a pivotal day, when fast-food workers walked out in New York City—very courageously, might I say—to take a stand on $15 an hour and the right to unionize without retaliation. And that movement for $15 an hour has really captured the imagination of people all around the country. And as you mentioned, the SeaTac initiative last year in 2013 went through. You know, people voted in a majority to give $15 an hour to all the workers there, especially the airport workers. And in Seattle, we, our campaign, Socialist Alternative’s campaign, has been campaigning, from day one, for $15 an hour for all workers in Seattle. We’ve also been campaigning for affordable housing and for taxing the wealthy to provide funding for transit and education. And now this battle has come full force to Seattle. You mentioned the mayor, in the third day of his term, talking about $15 an hour for 600 city employees. We’re saying that this is a positive step forward, and it really reflects how much groundswell of support there has been. The movement has really been building up.

And I would urge everybody to go to That is That’s the website we have launched. It’s a grassroots campaign that we are starting to mobilize in Seattle to fight for 15 in 2014. And I would urge all your viewers and listeners to go to the website, volunteer, sign up to help out. Please give your financial contributions. It doesn’t matter whether you are in Seattle or not. This is the epicenter of $15 an hour, and we need the support of everybody all around the country.

And, you know, I think it’s important to see how dramatically different the political terrain here is today since before Occupy. Before Occupy, there was a lot of, you know, disenchantment and a sort of a feeling of demoralization. Occupy ended the silence on inequality, and really it put capitalism at front and center, you know, the question of the fact that we need a system change. And what’s happening in Seattle is—you know, in a sense, it’s not unique, in the sense that the social conditions that are preparing people to jump into struggle are—exist everywhere in the country. What’s different about Seattle is that the workers and labor activists in SeaTac went forward with this ballot initiative, and Socialist Alternative and its supporters had the audacity to challenge the Democratic Party establishment and go forward with what is now a victorious campaign for a Socialist in city council. And that’s an example, a seed, for something that can be carried over. And so I would urge everybody to support us.
Posted by Ipso Facto on January 6, 2014 at 3:29 PM · Report this
@32 So what was the question? Let alone an answer, in an answer that went on for 5 minutes. As long as it is, she has a long way to go to compete with Hugo and Fidel.
Posted by hmmmmm on January 6, 2014 at 4:26 PM · Report this
The thing I worry about with Sawant is not that she's a socialist, it's that she's lived here only three years. She has pathetically little personal experience with Seattle, with its history, yet she rattles on like she knows everything. Scary.
Posted by Citizen R on January 6, 2014 at 4:57 PM · Report this
Ipso Facto 35

Your facts are categorically false and your assessment is nonsense.

I can't find a mention of when Sawant emigrated to America, but her Wikipedia bio says she earned a Ph.D. in economics from North Carolina State University before moving to Seattle in 2006. She's lived in Seattle for at least seven years and in the US for longer than that. She became a citizen in 2010.

I've never heard Kshama "rattle on like she knows everything" about Seattle. Stop fear mongering.

I don't read the comments often enough anymore to know whether you are an out-and-out troll, but I'm guessing the answer is yes.
Posted by Ipso Facto on January 6, 2014 at 7:33 PM · Report this

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