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We speak for the tree: A neighborhood conservation story

Amid all the changes in Seattle, one group of West Seattleites is determined to save a small green patch that characterizes their neighborhood. They call…

A visit to Seattle’s most controversial homeless camp

When Mayor Ed Murray announced his plans to open three new homeless encampments throughout Seattle 18 months ago, the strongest opposition came out of the usually…

On police reform, city must reckon with unions

There’s no way around it: When it comes to reform, the City of Seattle must deal with the police unions. That was Judge James Robart’s…

Washington dawdles as megaquake looms

Back in the summer of 2015, an article on “The Really Big One” in the New Yorker had just captured national and Northwest attention with its…

Seattle in 2017: Less talk, more walk

It’s 2017. God help us. A few weeks ago, the good people at CityLab, the Atlantic’s website celebrating all things urban, asked me to get out…

O’Brien jumps ship on the youth jail proposal

Twice in the last year, Councilmember Mike O’Brien has changed his mind on a massive capital investment into the criminal justice system. First it was…

Mayor says he’ll reject donations from police union

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray pledged Tuesday evening to refuse all donations or political endorsements from the Seattle Police Officers Guild, the union representing rank-and-file members…

Council makes life easier for renters, caps move-in costs

After many months of process, the Seattle City Council voted 8-0 to restrict move-in fees imposed on tenants, and give renters more options in how…

In Mexico, Murray joins united front against Trump

MEXICO CITY — Continuing his defiant tone following the presidential election, Mayor Ed Murray insisted that Seattle will continue to press forward on climate change…

Seven true-blue ways to survive Trump

Many of us are still trying to process what to do as Donald Trump prepares to take over all branches of the federal government. We…

City budget funds affordable housing, homeless crisis

The Seattle City Council passed the city’s 2017-2018 budget package on Monday with an 8-1 vote. Only socialist councilmember Kshama Sawant voted against, as she…

State election winners: Dems, women and mass transit

Amid the stunning success of Donald Trump, voters in Washington on Tuesday proved again that this corner of the country is a left-leaning stronghold with occasional splashes…

Election live blog: Dispatches from an upside-down evening

Election Day is here! This year, Washington decides who will be governor, secretary of state, superintendent of schools and a whole lot more. The 7th Congressional district…

An unpredictable district may determine state’s balance of power

Though Seattle’s suburbs have often trended Republican in local races, and Democratic in nationwide races, Federal Way — a town of under 100,000 located just…

Seattle’s suburbs: Up for grabs on Election Day

It’s been a dozen years since then-state senator Barack Obama’s “there is not a liberal America and a conservative America” speech to the Democratic National…

Even in a crisis, new homeless strategy raises fears

After living in his Honda Civic for two years, Vincent Spirlin, 23, decided it was time to get some help. He was working at Popeye’s…

Does mayor actually want coverage of major police, homeless announcements?

At 6:30pm on a Friday, Samsung announced it was suspending production of the Galaxy Note 7. It was awful, hugely damaging news for the company,…

Tensions run high in City Council over new tenant protections

In a tense and occasionally personal meeting, the Seattle City Council delayed voting on a bill to regulate the move-in fees landlords can charge tenants.…

City council splinters over homeless camps

Divisions began forming within the Seattle City Council on Wednesday over a controversial ordinance to make parts of the city more open to homeless tent encampments.…

Time for some adult supervision at City Hall

Outside the bubble that has settled over Seattle City Hall, it is easy to come to the conclusion that our city’s government has become untethered…

Winners and losers in mayor’s new budget: podcast

Amid the chants of protesters outside of the city council chambers, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveiled his 2017 budget this week. It was the first…

Mayor’s business task force opposes rent control

Eleven months ago, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant stood in City Hall with a group of small business owners to announce that she'd found a…

3 key takeaways from Ed Murray’s new budget

As Council Chambers filled Monday with department heads and the mayor’s invitees, the cries of protestors echoed their way up City Hall’s open, concrete steps.…

As nation erupts, Seattle moves toward police reform

As citizens of Charlotte took to the streets and NFL football players took to their knees, a different, quieter battle of police reform has been…

Councilmember asks if Seattle has lost touch with reality

It was supposed to be a good week for Councilmember Debora Juarez. She’d spent the weekend writing a resolution in support of the Standing Rock…