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Inside Seattle’s HR department: a ‘toxic’ culture

This is the second article in a two-part series. Before the stroke, there were the migraines. Linda Leong had spent nearly 30 years working in…

Frustrated with HR, City employees break silence on sexism and harassment

The first in a two-part series. Read Part 2 here. At one of the first meetings of the Seattle Silence Breakers, Doreen McGrath asked the…

Meet Seattle’s new police chief: Carmen Best

Carmen Best is the first African-American woman to lead the Seattle Police Department, a job she took over as of Jan. 1 when Chief Kathleen…

Best of 2017: As Ballard changes, bike controversy heats up

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our editors and by popularity with readers. For years…

Best of 2017: After Trump, an uprising among women in rural Washington

This past March, two police officers were standing on either side of the entrance to the firehouse in White Salmon, giving out numbers to count…

Best of 2017: At City Hall, a massive department is mired in chaos

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our editors and by popularity with readers. Last summer,…

What Vancouver, B.C., can teach us about housing

The Seattle area’s increases in home prices led the nation for the 13th straight month in November, the longest-ever such streak for real estate around…

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…

NHL gives Seattle a real shot at a team

Talk about a power play: About 24 hours after the city signed a deal to develop privately an arena worthy of the NHL, hockey league…

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…

38 female mayors elected across Washington this year

For years, Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland would work alongside Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke, never realizing that, outside of their nonpartisan roles in office, they had…

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…

What did Seattle’s 51-day council member bring to the City?

Public hearings that lasted five hours. Days packed with back-to-back events and meetings. Sleepless nights wrestling with homelessness solutions -- even taking to the streets…

As Ballard changes, bike controversy heats up

For years growth and the housing boom have been uprooting Ballard’s past: New colorful, boxy apartments and condos replace single-family bungalows and craftsman homes. Industry…

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…

Election data: Yes, Seattle played it safe

In the midst of a national storm driven by a chaotic presidency, declining institutional trust and increasing anxiety in blue America, Seattle’s voters did a…

What Jenny Durkan and Bertha Knight Landes have in common

Seattle has now elected two women mayors — with a gap of nearly a century between their elections. It’s an interval that has served as…

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…