Monday, December 30, 2013

The colors of money

Hidden in plain sight are the test colors for the new Lockhaven. Presumably some or all of them will bedeck the facades of our buildings. This is the back of 3026, warped by the panorama effect. You will recognize the colors as today's designer colors of many new condominium complexes in the area. They are the colors of MONEY!

Evan A. Sugden

Friday, December 20, 2013

Survey for Lockhaven tenants

What is important to you?
Tell us for a meeting with Lockhaven’s owners!

Our tireless work has paid off!  The Lockhaven Tenants Union (LTU) is meeting with the new owners of Lockhaven Apartments early next year!  This meeting came about through the efforts of the LTU, Tenants Union of Washington State, and the offices of Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata.
Now, we need your help!!!  Please complete a short survey!!!
    •    WHO: Current and former Lockhaven tenants
    •    WHY: Survey results will be used to help us in negotiations with the new owners of Lockhaven. This is your chance to tell us what is important to you. You matter!
    •    WHEN: Complete survey by January 10, 2014.
    •    WHERE: Online (email for URL)  or get at a paper survey at the Lockspot Cafe (3005 NW 54th St).
    •    Questions: Please email the LTU at  
or call Eliana Horn at 206-722-6848 ext 114.
    •    Any personal information you share with the LTU will be kept confidential.

Happy Holidays!
Lockhaven Tenants Union

Community. Dignity. Strength in numbers.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

LTU flyers wrongfully removed from Lockhaven

LTU produced the flyer attached below to raise awareness about what is happening at Lockhaven and posted it on doors throughout the apartment complex.

Today these flyers were wrongfully removed by person(s) unknown.  Management and GRE Lockhaven should be aware of the following law:

Under the Seattle Housing and Building and Maintenance Codes, (SMC 22.206.180), Seattle landlords are prohibited from preventing or discriminating against tenants who are organizing in their buildings. Organizing activities include passing out and posting flyers and information to your neighbors and in common areas, creating connection with your neighbors and inviting them to get involved, and holding meetings that are unattended by management or agents of the landlord in the building. If the landlord takes any undue negative action against a tenant who has participated in one of these organizing activities, it is automatically assumed to be retaliation and is illegal. If you would like more information, or want to report retaliation by your landlord for organizing in your building, contact the Department of Planning and Development at 206-615-0808, or you can file a report online at Filing A Complaint.

Friday, December 6, 2013

LTU Pickets Goodman & Developer Friends At Greed Fest

Thursday night, with temperatures dropping below freezing, three LTU supporters held signs and handed out Save-Lockhaven fliers. The event was the "Multifamily Conference", held at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Pier 66, Seattle. Scheduled to present for Goodman Real Estate was Don Fosseen (now part owner of Lockhaven), speaking about the "biggest deals of the year". (Could the Lockhaven multifamily roust-out have been one of the big ones?) We reached several dozen conference-goers and handed out quite a few fliers, including some to the Center staff. From those who glanced at the flyer, we could see it was generating interest at various levels and presumed that word of the action would eventually reach our friends at Pinnacle and perhaps even John Goodman himself, although we did not see any familiar faces there. At about the time the traffic was trickling down to zero, the building management politely suggested we leave. We were too cold but to oblige, having accomplished our mission. Special thanks to Stina for media production and all our supporters at the Tenants Union of Washington State.

Evan A. Sugden

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Lockhaven reroofing

 On Nov 27,  this notice was posted from management to selected Lockhaven buildings:

"Dear Lockhaven Resident,

The removal of the old roof material has now been removed from your building, and weather paper has been put in place. The next, and final step, is the installation of the new roofing material. This project will begin Monday, December 2nd. The work will begin for 5 different buildings, and the plan is that all of them will be complete within a 3 week timeframe, before the holidays. Work will be between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm.

Due to the nature of the installation, please make sure that all of your books, decor, etc. are secured well so nothing falls off of walls and shelves."

If you have any damage to your personal property due to this construction, or see any violations of building codes,  please call the

City of Seattle Code Violation Complaint Line at 206-615-0808