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Proposed police station meets all-out rebellion

Faced with a chamber full of people loudly opposed to a new North Precinct Police Station, the Seattle City Council on Monday plowed ahead with a…

Give City Council more power in neighborhoods

Mayor Ed Murray’s abrupt dismissal of the three-decades old district council system neatly encapsulates the dynamic neighborhood activists have complained of for generations: Seattle process…

Murray squanders chance for positive neighborhood reform

In rolling out a plan to change the way the city interacts with neighborhoods, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is following up on a concern of…

Celebration and anger as Seattle’s neighborhood council system upended

Mayor Ed Murray dissolved all formal ties between the city and the 13 neighborhood District Councils last Wednesday, upending a system three decades old. Since…

Locals on police reform: ‘We don’t have a voice’

The hardest thing Dominique Davis has to do is tell his black son to submit. When he gets pulled over, Davis tells him, he should…

Seattle needs parks, not just ‘parklets’

I admit that my expectations might be way off. I grew up in Seattle in a part of town you might call The People’s Republic…

Police commission calls for ban on blast balls

A civilian police advisory commission is calling on the Seattle Police Department to temporarily cease carrying blast balls, which are used for moving large crowds…

After Murray’s threats, council backpedaled on homeless proposal

The first plan Councilmember Sally Bagshaw devised to deal with The Jungle – one of Seattle's largest homeless encampments — came as a response to Mayor Ed…

Seattle mayor threatened councilmember, texts show

Last month, shortly after staff from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee’s offices introduced their plan to shut down the East Duwamish Greenbelt,…

Debora Juarez plays chicken with transit leaders — and wins

It’s early May and Councilmember Debora Juarez is about to do something enormously risky. The first draft of Sound Transit 3 is out, priced at…

Who really ‘speaks’ for neighborhoods?

Who speaks for Seattle’s neighborhoods? With growth and rezones taking center stage in citywide conversation, the question is getting hotter. Consider the case of Doug…

Following spike in shootings, questions about city strategy

On the evening of Sunday, May 15, a man called the police to say he’d heard fifteen cracks outside his Central District home. A small…

Airbnb squeezing renters? We’ve seen this before

The Seattle Times reports that Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Tim Burgess are proposing to crack down on Airbnb-style rentals in Seattle. They believe…

Council wrangles with Murray on greenbelt cleanup

In a show of unity, the Seattle City Council passed a resolution Tuesday that aims to re-write Mayor Ed Murray's plan for the greenbelt known as…

Waiting for the Jungle’s homeless cleansing

The deadline to leave the Jungle is June 6. At least that’s what Cassandra, camped in a clearing on the slopes of Beacon Hill, was…

Tiny house living: Coming soon to Seattle’s backyards

Councilmember Mike O’Brien unveiled legislation Thursday meant to spur Seattle homeowners into developing more backyard cottages and mother-in-law units, potentially significantly more. Although it’s difficult…

Closing the Jungle

The shoe has dropped for the area beneath I-5 and the East Duwamish Greenbelt, home to hundreds of people and unofficially known as the Jungle.…

Watch Samantha Bee destroy Seattle’s sports misogynists

Forget the SuperSonics, say hello to the new Seattle Seawards. Samantha Bee saluted the women of the Seattle City Council last night on her show…

Seattle needs another woman mayor

Where’s Bertha? No, not that Bertha, the original Bertha. Where is Seattle’s woman mayor? Seattle has elected exactly one female mayor in our history —…

Can a millennial mayor save Kurt Cobain’s dying hometown?

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Follow Route 101 through northwest Washington, and you’re sure to see it — the welcome sign outside…

Murray gives labor watchdog more teeth

Mayor Ed Murray has a plan to finance and expand the Office of Labor Standards, Seattle’s labor law watchdog. And to the joy of the…

Mayor Murray: No public safety levy

In with one levy and out with another. Hours after the Seattle City Council advanced this August’s proposed $290 million housing levy out of committee,…

Council to mayor: Focus more on gentrification

It happened, Seattle. Our worst nightmare has come true: We’re now officially the new San Francisco. That is, of course, if you take the Wall…

Mayor’s response to homelessness still tied to selling public land

In this edition of Remember When: How Seattle plans to pay for its homelessness State of Emergency. Remember when the $5 million in one-time spending was unveiled,…

Mayor follows socialist Sawant in fight against slumlord

They call it the “Carl Haglund law,” named for a landlord whose shoddy apartment buildings have raised eyebrows as high as his rent. If passed,…