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Civilians might investigate Seattle cops. Will it backfire?

For years, Lisa Daugaard thought civilians were the best people to investigate police misconduct. She would even show up to election forums and demand candidates…

Activist, attorney Nikkita Oliver is running for mayor

Activist, lawyer and spoken word artist Nikkita Oliver will challenge incumbent Ed Murray in this year's race for Mayor. And although Seattle elections are technically…

In rain and cold, city clears its own homeless encampment

In the cold and wet — the kind of weather that underlines the misery of living on Seattle's streets — officials began to clear the Field, a…

Survey says Seattle is not ‘Freeattle’

The mayor’s office is today releasing extensive data from a weeks-long “needs assessment” of Seattle’s homeless population. The data is meant to both inform Seattle’s new…

Body cams now standard issue, but cops can turn them off

Opening the door to a new level of police accountability, the Seattle City Council voted 6-2 Monday to release funds to provide body cameras for every…

Ready to run again, Ed Murray seeks more taxes

While taking his annual State of the City address to a north Seattle mosque to make a point about national policy, Mayor Ed Murray said…

Uber, Lyft could score win in Olympia

A proposal in the state Senate would solidify the contractor status of drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft — a win for the companies…

Timber! ‘Silent Giant’ tree likely to come down

The “Silent Giant” might be silenced once and for all. On Jan. 25, a Seattle hearing examiner ruled against the group of neighbors known as…

Eyman tax cap now has some big supporters seeking relief

The city of Rosalia, about 40 miles south of Spokane, brings in $660 dollars a year in property taxes. A good chunk goes to paying…

On Che Taylor shooting, jury delivers mixed bag

After a two-week inquest into the death of Che Taylor at the hands of Seattle police officers, the majority of the eight-member jury agreed that…

Can cities lead the #resistance?

The Seattle City Council’s decision on Tuesday to cut its ties with Wells Fargo over the bank’s financing of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline…

Che Taylor inquest: A search for closure

The inquest into the police shooting of Che Taylor, killed in the passenger doorway of a white Ford Taurus near Lake City Way last February,…

King County to host legal consumption sites for addicts

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are officially endorsing a tactic for curbing opiate use that’s so uncharted in this country…

Homeless advocates sue city, state over encampment sweeps

In a complaint filed against the city of Seattle and the Washington State Department of Transportation today, two women with a history of homelessness allege…

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…