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County bans solitary confinement for youth inmates

King County plans to treat its youth inmates a little less like adults. The county council on Monday, in a 7-0 vote, decided to ban the…

Rising rent? The story behind Sawant’s new bill to make landlords pay

Before Teresa Banks explains why her rent is increasing by 50 percent, she must first recount the changes she's seen in her 15 years at the…

Out with the old police chief, in with the new. Or not?

When Seattle was looking for a new Chief of Police in 2014, the three finalists all had one thing in common: They were from somewhere…

Employees shocked as City Light CEO is ousted

In a surprise, even to employees of Seattle City Light, Mayor Jenny Durkan said Monday Larry Weis, the CEO and General Manager of the massive…

After months of rumor, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole stepping down

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole is leaving her post as head of the state's largest police department at the end of the year, handing the reins to Deputy…

Make a move? City Light lagging on thousands of customer records

Every fall, just as thousands of University of Washington students settle in to their new residences, Seattle City Light gets a wave of requests to…

Jenny Durkan sworn in as Seattle’s mayor

Jenny Durkan's road to become the first female mayor in nearly a century started last May on Beacon Hill, where her father nearly died. The gothic…

City’s new homeless funding plan: quality over quantity

More than a year after Seattle declared it would make a radical shift in how it addressed homelessness — drifting away from stopgap measures and…

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…
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