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Judge rules income tax illegal but Seattle vows to fight on

In the first legal test of Seattle’s new income tax, the city got slammed. Days after a lengthy court proceeding, King County Superior Court Judge John…

Chaotic budget talks come to a close — kind of

When interim-Mayor Tim Burgess signs the city's $5.6 billion budget on Wednesday — allocating funds for everything from homeless services to office improvements in the Municipal…

In a warm-up for the real fight, lawyers argue about city income tax

Seattle’s new income tax has always been headed toward the Washington Supreme Court. But to get there, it had to start somewhere. That somewhere was King…

Will Seattle see more homeless when spending changes hit?

Social service providers are worried about how the homeless will fare in the face of fast-approaching changes to how the city funds its efforts to…

Weeks of tense fighting end in no extra homeless funding

There was as much as $34 million in new money for homelessness before the Seattle City Council Tuesday, but all of it was rejected. First…

Who Durkan chose for her transition — and what it may mean

In the hours following her election, Mayor-elect Jenny Durkan looked to both her decisive victory and that of Teresa Mosqueda’s for Seattle City Council and…

Take-it-or-leave-it contract spotlights police unions’ power

When former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray stood on the steps of City Hall last summer to celebrate the passing of legislation designed to hold cops accountable, the awkward open…

More growth coming to Seattle. Will it mean cheaper housing?

The so-called affordable housing “Grand Bargain” — a deal with developers to add extra density in exchange for affordable housing investments — is about to…

For Durkan, after the party comes the weight of being mayor

Jenny Durkan didn’t stay long at her own victory party. She swept in more than a half-hour after the results showed her 20-point lead, delivered a…

A good night for women as Durkan takes the reins of City Hall

Minutes after King County released its first batch of election results Tuesday night, the Seattle police officer once assigned as security to former Mayor Ed Murray slipped…

New Sawant bill: If tenants are priced out, landlords pay

In another step toward the gradual assembly of a full “tenant’s bill of rights,” Councilmember Kshama Sawant will soon introduce legislation that would mandate landlords…

As homelessness grows, so does tension at City Hall

Above all else, homelessness and how to address it are driving an increasingly tense set of budget negotiations in the Seattle City Council. Although the…

Got land? Seattle does and assessor says it should house the homeless

King County Assessor John Wilson says there is "entirely" enough underused land in Seattle to shelter 1,000 homeless people a year. "I’ve become more and more…

Sinclair won’t guarantee jobs for KOMO staff

If Sinclair Broadcast Group gets its way and completes a merger between KOMO News and Q13 FOX, the local news media giant won't guarantee employment for KOMO's 23…

Seattle Weekly braces for dramatic changes

Last August, the publisher of the Seattle Weekly approached the newspaper's editor-in-chief, Mark Baumgarten, and told him, "We've got to do something about the Weekly." The decline of revenue, which began after…
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