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posted Friday, October 30, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 44
Kshama Sawant teams up with small businesses in rent control plan
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Kshama Sawant teams up with small businesses in rent control plan

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Socialist City Council member Kshama Sawant demonstrated her ability to build coalitions with a package of new initiatives aimed at helping small businesses.

Her proposals would set controls on commercial rents, improve late night transit service in neighborhood business districts and provide retirement account options for small business employees.

The package was announced at an October 27 press event featuring none other than Dave Meinert, once a vocal critic of Sawant's successful $15 per hour minimum wage plan.

He had been meeting with Sawant since they clashed on the mayor's minimum wage task force, Meinert said, and had discussed how the displacement of small businesses by rent increases is similar to the displacement of residents.

'We all love Seattle's quirky unique culture, but we need to support our small businesses if we're serious about preserving the character and soul of our city,' Meinert said in a statement.

'We especially need to move on these policy ideas to support women- and minority-owned businesses,' he added.

Meinert owns the Comet, Lost Lake and Ernest Loves Agnes, and is also the promoter for the annual Capitol Hill Block Party.

Sawant called for City policies that would benefit small local businesses rather than big real estate developers.

'There's a lot of small business rhetoric from corporate politicians, but little actual policymaking that helps our city's small businesses. Commercial rent control, for example, is a policy that will directly benefit small businesses,' Sawant said.

'City Hall needs to stop conferring sweetheart deals on big developers and corporations, and begin serving the interests of small businesses and working people.'

While rent regulation of residential property has been pre-empted by the State of Washington, commercial rents remain under the jurisdiction of the City of Seattle, Sawant said, so there is no need to wait for the state legislature to act on her proposals.

Joining Sawant and Meinert were a diverse group of small businesspeople: Sonja Ponath, who described herself as a 'small landlord'; Wyking Garrett, the promoter of Africatown Seattle; Mike Rodriguez from Restaurant Opportunities Center United; Paula Lucas, owner of Le Frock clothing store; and Nate Omdal, a jazz musician and representative of Fair Trade Music Seattle.

'Policies such as commercial rent control and a city-sponsored portable retirement system benefit both small businesses and their workers,' Rodriguez said.

'We cannot lift living standards of restaurant workers by focusing on labor policy alone. When small businesses have a steady predictable profit and easier paths to provide benefits to their workers, both parties win.'

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