07 January 2014

KingCast and Mortgage Movies Attend: A Big Day for Seattle City Council as Kshama Sawant, Nick Licata, Mike O'Brien, Sally Bagshaw, Pete Holmes and Ed Murray are Sworn in, Protecting Washington Homeowners.

Mayor Murray comments on underwater/foreclosure crisis.
Total Experience Gospel Choir  Director Pat Wright sings the National Anthem (video coming tonight, 7 Jan 2014) as Mayor Ed Murray acknowledges Seattle's underwater and foreclosure crisis. "Seattle has 28% of our homes underwater," he noted. This is indeed crucial because the State Attorney General has advised homeowners not to attempt loan modifications alone, and banks like Wells Fargo will fight tooth and nail in state-sponsored mediation as I noted in this week's Financial Revival Group editorial. Much more video to follow, as several candidates have been very proactive in addressing this situation. See Councilors Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant at October's Jane Mair Bank of America protest. As Ms. Mair's point of contact with Bank of America I -- along with the help of many many others -- finally obtained a loan modification trial period (TPP) for this former Microsoft employee who sustained a catastrophic brain injury.
So folks here they are, The Chosen. I have been involved in Seattle City news and politics since shortly after I moved here on my first cross-country motorcycle adventure. Seattle is a reasonably progressive City and I do believe that Seattle and the State of Washington are poised to make great strides in homeowner protection as banks continue on paths of power, corruption and lies. Right now I am involved in State-sponsored foreclosure mediation and other research with Financial Revival GroupSAFE (Standing Against Foreclosure and Eviction) in Seattle, and Attorneys Jeff Jared (video) and the Stafne Law Office (video).

With the exception of Councilor Bagshaw I have lensed each of these candidates at least once, and typically in a situation where they were addressing the perils of home ownership with respect to underwater home ownership or foreclosure. While I was unable to attend last month's City Council hearing on Eminent Domain in which the Council elected to move forward with a comprehensive study, I was able to capture the thoughts of six (6) of the eight (8) candidates at a forum sponsored by Mortgage Movies Journal and the above-referenced colleagues the week prior to election. Note that EMI has now blocked this video but I have another version at the ready.

While there were common themes from all successful candidates last night involving Education and Economic opportunity but of course my focus is strictly on the banks and their ongoing obligation to help homeowners who qualify for the Home Affordable Mortgage Program, as well as addressing their general malfeasance and continued pattern of foreclosing without Standing or without proving themselves to be the Real Party in Interest.

Links, video and more stills forthcoming, and Happy New Year to All. 

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