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November 19, 2013 at 6:36 AM

Kshama Sawant brings power to neighborhoods

Kshama Sawant hugs campaign worker Carlos Hernandez Tuesday  after learning she had inched ahead of her opponent, Richard Conlin by 41 votes. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Greg Gilbert)

Kshama Sawant hugs campaign worker Carlos Hernandez Tuesday after learning she had inched ahead of her opponent, Richard Conlin by 41 votes. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Greg Gilbert)

Stands against the corporatization of Seattle

Editor, The Times:

The media is missing a major reason why Kshama Sawant defeated Councilmember Richard Conlin [“Conlin concedes; Sawant to join council,” page one, Nov. 16].

As the powerful head of City Council’s land-use committee, Conlin held an emphatically pro-developer stance that created enormous antipathy toward him throughout the city.

He supported commercialization of residential neighborhoods in Capitol Hill, championed extra height for the Brooks corporate headquarters in Wallingford (eliminating an iconic view corridor), protected huge profits to developers from unregulated micro-housing, pushed Roosevelt-area upzoning despite neighborhood opposition, handed our South Lake Union views to developers, and the list goes on.

When ordinary citizens attended land-use meetings in large numbers, Conlin ignored our pleas. Councilmembers said our ideas were “non-starters,” so we turned to Sawant and discovered that she understood our concerns. She is passionate about empowering people, not corporations.

So we put our money and effort into backing her and supporting the Districts Now
proposal. “Together, these victories are a shot across the bow against the corporatization of Seattle and the loss of neighborhood power. Seattle residents are upset about loss of green space, sunlight, sky, view corridors and neighborhood diversity. Like economic opportunities, these are disappearing through giant giveaways to corporations.

Jaisri Lingappa, Capitol Hill

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