Seattle

The ultimate test for the mayor and business community

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is in a tight spot, squeezed between business interests and a city council apparently eager to advance the follow-up to the…

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,…

A year into $15 wage, what we now know

Seattle has committed to a fully implemented $15 minimum wage by 2021 and, barring a coup d’etat at City Hall, that isn’t going to change. Yet…

Seattle politicians should curb their arena enthusiasm

There’s something about pro sports that makes us gluttons for punishment. And no, I am not just talking about the annual abuse dished out to…

In fight against opioid addiction, a local approach getting real results

Hearing the life of Desirae Downing, 33, it’s no wonder she struggles with opiate use. As a child, her biological father molested her. Her stepfather…

Hundreds vie for a chance at affordable housing

It's a street-level reminder of the intense competition for affordable housing: People begin lining up on Sunday afternoon, 24 hours before they could apply for…

Murray’s Seattle: Success for some, but not for others

Arguably the most ambitious declaration in Mayor Ed Murray’s 2016 State of the City address is a revision of a longstanding goal of his. “Today,”…

Huge influx of labor law complaints met by “small but mighty” Seattle city office

The good news is that people are taking advantage of Seattle's Office of Labor Standards (OLS) — the 9-person subsidiary of the Office of Civil Rights tasked…

Shelters maxed out as city sweeps homeless from streets

In Pioneer Square lately, you don’t have to go far to find someone who’s been kicked off city property for sleeping in a tent. On…

Street level politics come to Seattle, led by Debora Juarez

Rule number one: Don’t call District 5 "Seattle’s Canada", at least not to new Councilmember Debora Juarez's face. As the rest of the City tests…

Is Seattle’s gun tax really a tax? Answer could determine law’s future

This story will be updated later today if a ruling is issued. When is a tax a tax? That was the question at the center…

Police, religious leaders on alert amid possible hate crimes

The fears of Muslims in America have been on the rise since gunmen opened fire on Paris last November. That tension has hit Seattle hard…

Year of the Seattle urbanist? Not quite yet

When the Sierra Club worked to defeat the Roads and Transit measure in 2007, a smart politico told us “you want to win the election,…

Seattle uses guesswork to rebuild police force

When Kathleen O’Toole took the reins of the Seattle Police Department, jumping from one end of I-90 in Boston to the other in Seattle, she…

New round of election results

The first post-Election Day round of ballot counting brought only minor narrowing of some races across Seattle. In the Seattle City Council's race to represent West…

Who will speak for Seattle’s northern frontier?

Seattle’s fifth council district is a Jackson Pollack portrait of Seattle. Encompassing almost everything north of 85th Street, District 5 stretches from the mansions along…

Decision to host Shell’s Arctic fleet haunts Seattle port commissioner

Early this year, the Port of Seattle commissioners agreed to a short-term lease with the shipping company Foss Maritime to moor its ships in the…

Battered rent control resolution crawls its way to the full council

Although a resolution in support of lifting the statewide ban on rent control is not dead, its future isn't bright, either. The Seattle City Council’s…

Why it’s so hard to build truly affordable housing in Seattle

The Thunderbird Motel was a longtime eyesore, even among the notorious stretch of seedy establishments along Aurora Avenue. The gun violence, drug dealing and prostitution were…

‘Active’ parks celebrated, even among homeless advocates

When Mayor Ed Murray announced last June that the Downtown Seattle Association would manage Westlake and Occidental parks, there was quick pushback from homeless advocates,…

On “scale” issue, a battle between neighborhoods and City Hall

This is the story of two buildings. Both are unloved by many of their neighbors, both share the same address. Given Seattle’s rapid growth, with…

Sorry, just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can take long showers again

It’s an odd thing for Western Washingtonians to see fires in the Olympics and water advisories in their mailboxes. But thanks to low snowpack and…

For Ed Murray’s staff, a revolving door

Most public offices have a revolving door of staff. In Mayor Ed Murray’s, however, that door spins a bit faster. Since Murray took office in…