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Friday, April 25, 2014

Kshama Sawant to Ed Murray: Just WTF Is Up with the Advisory Committee Now?

Posted by on Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Yesterday, Eli reported that Council Member Kshama Sawant and Mayor Ed Murray seemed to be on totally different pages regarding the progress of the mayor's 24-member minimum-wage advisory committee. Sawant couldn't say whether she was still on the committee, but said she considered the committee over and done with, and then the mayor's office (via tweet) said "No one is off the committee. The committee is not done."

This afternoon, she sent an open letter to the mayor and the committee asking for clarification on the committee's process, and explaining that she does not support all the components of a deal that Mayor Murray presented at a press conference yesterday. She's asking if they're still meeting, will they be voting on proposals, what parts of their decision-making will be public, etc.

But she's also already moving on: Tomorrow, she'll be speaking at the big 15 Now national conference, where activists will start gathering signatures for a charter amendment for a $15 minimum wage.

Her letter to Murray:

To: Mayor Ed Murray
CC: Members of the Income Inequality Advisory Committee

Dear Mayor Murray,

During and following your press conference yesterday, you and your office stated that the Income Inequality Advisory Committee is not done and continues to function. Members of the Committee were told that Wednesday’s meeting was its final meeting. If the Committee is still in existence, please clarify when the next meeting is scheduled, so we can discuss any recommendations, including the proposal that was presented by labor representatives and me.

It was previously stated that the committee would have an opportunity to vote on alternate proposals. I request that the Committee members be able to put their proposals forward and have the body vote on them so that the public knows which proposals were discussed and which were accepted or rejected.

I also ask that you clarify to the media that there was no agreement—nor a vote—on the six principles you announced yesterday. I do not agree with tip and health care deductions, or to wait to include cost of living adjustments until the end of a phase-in period. I also do not agree with a phase-in for big businesses like McDonald’s and Starbucks.

Given that there were contradictory statements made to the media yesterday between your office and mine, I will also be making this letter publicly available, in the interests of clarification.

I look forward to making $15/hour, and an end to poverty wages, a reality for the 100,000 low-wage workers in Seattle.


Councilmember Kshama Sawant


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seatackled 1

Who's looking like the seasoned politician now?
Posted by seatackled on April 25, 2014 at 5:38 PM · Report this
It so warms the heart to see the bridges that have been rebuilt between the mayor's office and the council since the last administration.
Posted by ChefJoe on April 25, 2014 at 5:47 PM · Report this
Posted by M. Wells on April 25, 2014 at 6:39 PM · Report this

no hair pulling, girls.....
Posted by this is government without alpha males. enjoy. on April 25, 2014 at 6:41 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 5

One (1) pair of big boy pants. Please wear.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on April 25, 2014 at 6:42 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 6
Stakeholders is code for Non-Seattle Citizens

Compromise on $25 minimum wage with a $15 training wage for businesses with 50 or fewer employees with no tip or benefit exemptions NOW and phase to $25 by 2020
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 25, 2014 at 7:01 PM · Report this
I voted for McGinn. Cause the devil you know ...
Posted by pat L on April 25, 2014 at 7:04 PM · Report this
Murray is losing it - see his FB freakout on Ben Schiendelman today as case in point:…

Posted by Yeah You on April 25, 2014 at 7:19 PM · Report this
@6 "Stakeholders" is code for the power elite. The workers, the immigrants, and the poor are never "stakeholders". When somebody says they want to "balance the concerns of all the stakeholders," they're really saying, "We're going to pretend we're being all thoughtful and considerate and then we're going to fuck you in the ass". Same as when they say, "We don't want any of that ugly, divisive class warfare." What they're really saying is, "We want to keep fucking you in the ass."
Posted by Fucking you in the ass! on April 25, 2014 at 7:22 PM · Report this
She is lovely, and this is beautiful.
Posted by 23 years in south seattle on April 25, 2014 at 7:40 PM · Report this
Whether or not you agree with sawant at least she is direct and honest in her communication. A refreshing change for Seattle and national politics. Most pols give public statements that are so unspecific they don't mean shit.
Posted by Upchuck on April 25, 2014 at 8:17 PM · Report this
Good for her!
Posted by j2patter on April 25, 2014 at 8:22 PM · Report this
seatackled 13
@8 Wow, that's crazy. If he really wrote that, we're in bigger trouble than we thought. If an aide wrote that, I thought he was supposed to use the money the Council lavished on him to hire competent people. You read that and you wonder if the writer isn't posting some of the incoherent comments here.

(And btw, what's Barnett been writing about Sawant? She was doing groundbreaking work last fall digging into Sawant's personal life.)
Posted by seatackled on April 25, 2014 at 9:32 PM · Report this
Post_Mortem 14
The mayor needs some grammar and style lessons.
Posted by Post_Mortem on April 26, 2014 at 2:41 AM · Report this
matt 15
I love that these 2 got elected at the same time, by the same voters. One of them is going to destroy the other. Watch.
Posted by matt on April 26, 2014 at 5:44 AM · Report this
DOUG. 16
@13: Murray wrote it. He's a fucking moron. Yes, we're in trouble.
Posted by DOUG. on April 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM · Report this
@13 & 16, that should be a story the Stranger could do something with, his notorious behavior, which everyone in Olympia knew about.

@15, I am marveling over the same thing. My money is on Sawant taking him down within a year. If he is too much of an egotistical baby to survive some FB comments, he has no chance with what she is going to bring down on him. Butter the popcorn!
Posted by Yeah You on April 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM · Report this
@8 -- I'm supposed to worry because Murray told a gadfly to f*ck off? Murray made the mistake of treating Schiendelman like an honest critic.

"Mr. Mayor, you've been in office for almost a couple months now, and there are still problems with the city. Shouldn't you have fixed everything already? I swear I heard you say during your campaign that you promised all our troubles would go away the day after you were elected."
Posted by six shooter on April 26, 2014 at 12:25 PM · Report this
Oh god, almost 4 more years of this incompetent bloviating stuffed suit.

@1, definitely.
Posted by sarah70 on April 26, 2014 at 2:18 PM · Report this
@13, "groundbreaking work last fall digging into Sawant's personal life"? Is this a sarcastic pun or are you serious? If the latter, it does sound like Barnett's type of research.
Posted by sarah70 on April 26, 2014 at 2:28 PM · Report this
@18, yes. He campaigned on being a pro, paid his staff like pros. Not seeing anything so far that indicates that, and his lashing out at activists and continual finger point at previous administrations isn't helping his case. His communications team is a mess, his senior staff don't know which way is up, and his friendship with Jenny Durkan is only going to give him cover on the crap job his administration is doing with SPD and reform. Oh, and he is being weak and backtracking on his promise to present a minimum wage proposal if the advisory couldn't come up with one. Sawant had every right to call him on the carpet.
Posted by Yeah You on April 26, 2014 at 3:17 PM · Report this
loganlorelai 22
Good for her...for reaping $50K of her alimony off her separation from her Microsoft husband. Oh the hyprocrisy
Posted by loganlorelai on April 26, 2014 at 6:23 PM · Report this
@22 I'm a bit slow. Can you describe what, exactly, is hypocritical about that?
Posted by Ruke on April 28, 2014 at 11:19 AM · Report this

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