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Why doesn’t Seattle manage the money it already has?

Seattle’s elected officials seem obsessed with trying to increase the city’s budget. A city income tax on the wealthiest households; a tax on soda. It…

Feeling vindicated, Murray weighs new campaign

The man who accused Mayor Ed Murray of sexually abusing him in the 1980s withdrew his lawsuit Wednesday. The accuser, who was under age at…

Seattle’s highest paid employee wants a bonus

When Larry Weis was confirmed as the CEO of Seattle City Light in March 2016, he instantly became the highest paid city employee, earning $340,000…

Arena fight: Not over till the council says it is

For a man whom everyone figured was home beating on the figurative chest of his inert SoDo district arena project, waiting for a heartbeat, Chris…

City Light under fire for smart meter cuts

The already-tense relationship between Councilmember Kshama Sawant and Seattle City Light CEO Larry Weis was made worse in recent days following a Crosscut report that…

Community role in police oversight will grow

Just over three years after the Community Police Commission released its suite of recommendations for strengthening accountability in the Seattle Police Department, the Seattle City…

In a rapidly-changing city, can KeyArena save its charm?

Historic preservation is unpredictable in Seattle, and it’s never been a sure thing with sports facilities. The site of classic Sicks’ Stadium is a Lowe’s…

Who should police the police?

After being at the center of the five-year effort to reform the police department, the Community Police Commission faces big questions about its own future.…

State Rep. Farrell, a transportation leader, joins mayor’s race

Jessyn Farrell, the third term state representative, is running for Seattle mayor. "We are in really difficult political times. ... I love this city very…

Seattle’s next mayor? It’s anyone’s guess

The Seattle mayor’s race went suddenly from tepid to tumultuous last month, and the next two weeks will likely shake it up further. The official…

Why Seattle will never be a walkable city

People who walk regularly around Seattle are torn between bafflement and dismay at what they traverse on foot. On any given day, they encounter buckled,…

The Murray case: Is the media getting played?

There is no pretense of due process in the case against Mayor Ed Murray, at least in terms of politics. The stakes, then, of using…

Years of police reform tension blow up city attorney’s race

It’s hard to know when, exactly, City Attorney Pete Holmes lost the support of key members of the Community Police Commission, but a decent guess…

The rematch: 6 things to look for in Murray v. McGinn

An extra 8,450 votes. That's what former-Mayor Mike McGinn would have needed to win re-election against now-Mayor Ed Murray in the 2013 race. And now that…

Lawyers to city: Hands off vehicles used as homes

In a case that could provide new legal protections for people living in vehicles, a Seattle man is challenging the city’s decision to impound the…

The future of KeyArena could look like this

Although much in their plans will get thoroughly nibbled and pecked until decision day June 30, two nationally recognized arena developers Wednesday succeeded in rocking…

Amid calls to resign, Murray is resolute but isolated

In a room much smaller than his office in City Hall, Mayor Ed Murray stepped up to a plain podium lacking the seal of Seattle…

Poor gargoyles. We’re smashing Seattle’s history as we build

A very bad thing just happened in terms of historic preservation in Seattle. The long-expected demolition of the old Seattle Center Arena started across Speight…

‘I will continue to be mayor,’ vows Ed Murray amid accusations

Responding personally to allegations that he had sexually exploited a teenager in the 1980s, Mayor Ed Murray today called the statements untrue and painful. He…

Stunned by scandal, a city asks: Now what?

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray never misses a chance to celebrate. So when he canceled a police-reform victory lap set for Thursday afternoon, issued in a hastily-written…

Major police reform milestone met, but bias still a worry

The Seattle Police Department has limited its use of force to acceptable levels, says the monitor overseeing the police reform agreement between Seattle and the Department…

Mayor scraps property tax for homeless, goes bigger

Mayor Ed Murray has unveiled a change of plans for raising money to combat homelessness. Instead of asking voters to approve a $275 million property tax…

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…

Seattle, where millionaires push taxes on everyone else

As I read the Seattle Times early this week, I was struck by two articles that more or less tell the story of where Seattle…

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…