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Council finalist Secrest stumbles on attorney question

When Councilmember Tom Rasmussen questioned Sheley Secrest, a lawyer and one of eight finalists for Sally Clark’s open council seat, Friday night, he seemed hung…

City Council candidates get their say

Before a crowded council chambers, the eight finalists to finish Sally Clark’s term on the Seattle City Council carried out what were essentially job interviews…

The Seattle Fire Department is understaffed. Why?

While the Seattle Fire Department may have escaped the pressures that federally mandated reform has brought to city police, newly confirmed Fire Chief Harold Scoggins will be…

Resisting Shell: Another WTO for Seattle?

A “Festival of Resistance” is planned for mid-May as kayaking environmental activists and others promise to meet the arrival of Shell’s Arctic oil rig on…

The new Seattle, where everything looks the same

This is the first in a 2-part series on changes in Seattle's built environment. You can read Part 2 here. Tucked into a side street…

What a way to go. Woodland Park packs off its elephants.

On Wednesday, without announcement or ado, the Woodland Park Zoo packed Bamboo and Chai, its two remaining elephants, off to the Oklahoma City Zoo. There…

Steinbrueck wanted to ‘make a statement’ with withdrawal from council contention

Former Councilmember and mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck withdrew his application to finish out Councilmember Sally Clark's term Thursday. As a former council president and chair…

Seattle activists raft up to protest Shell oil rigs

The fleet of kayaks moves deliberately through the waters on Seattle's Elliot Bay. Gliding past ferries, freighters and oversized seals camped out on buoys, the…

Familiar names apply for Sally Clark’s council seat

The applications for Sally Clark’s vacant Seattle City Council seat are in, all 44 of them. And there are some recognizable names: former council members Jan…

Seattle’s name: Ripe for a change that you can make.

A little more than a year ago, in my monthly column for Seattle magazine, I put forward the idea that Seattle needs a new nickname. We’ve been…

Why Bellingham looks better than Seattle

It will be so long to Seattle but not goodbye as I leave my place overlooking Elliott Bay for one overlooking Bellingham Bay in the city where…

Tunnel Expert Review Panel: Project won’t exceed $3.1 billion budget

The annual Bertha Report is in. The Expert Review Panel (ERP) tasked with assessing the finances, schedule, management and risks of the Alaskan Way Viaduct…

A lesson in resilience, from New Orleans to Seattle

Taking off from Seattle en route to New Orleans, I watched as the plane passed over the verdant hillsides and deep blue lakes of the…

Try again: Minimum wage enforcement job goes begging

April 1 has come and gone and Seattle employees of large companies like Starbucks or McDonald’s should have seen their minimum wages go up to $11…

What to expect from Seattle’s universal pre-k program

Early childhood education became a national conversation when President Obama stood before Congress in his 2013 State of the Union and proclaimed it “one of…

Bertha Rising: The ailing cutterhead assembly breaks the surface

Update 5:00 PM Tuesday: At 2:30 PM, Bertha's cutterhead was successfully placed down on the surface, marking the end of what turned out to be…

Seattle mayor announces affordable housing ‘stretch goal’

Mayor Ed Murray announced an ambitious goal to add 50,000 housing units in the city of Seattle Thursday. The units would phase in over the…

Think tank to Seattle: Forget redeveloping Rainier Beach. Try a little TLC.

When Mayor Murray announced two weeks ago that a delegation from the renowned Urban Land Institute (ULI) would visit and advise on what to do…

Enforcing $15 wage: Job unfilled a week before law goes into effect

In November, the Seattle City Council looked ahead to the new minimum wage law and approved the creation of an Office of Labor Standards within Seattle’s…

Report finds unreported BNSF oil spills

The Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commision has released a report recommending penalties against BNSF Railway Company for delays in the reporting of 14 hazardous material…

What will $15 really mean? UW research team ready to study

On April 1, the minimum wage for Seattle businesses employing more than 500 people will rise to $11 an hour, the first step in the city’s…

World-class transportation? Ed Murray to ask voters for nearly a billion

Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly want to ask voters for approval of a 9-year, $900 million levy to fund…

SDOT plans a safer Rainier Ave. – for cars and pedestrians, not bikes

They “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity,” the Israeli diplomat Abba Eban quipped about his country’s neighbors following their 1973 peace conference. The…

Newly formed Community Housing Caucus issues recommendations for housing ‘emergency’

A coalition organized by Speaker of the Washington State House Frank Chopp this afternoon issued a set of recommendations for solving what Councilmember Kshama Sawant…