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How the 3rd-place finisher changed the mayor’s race

Attorney Nikkita Oliver’s campaign for mayor began quietly last winter, developing out of low-key meetings in the wood-floor backroom of the Central District’s 109-year-old Washington…

With more than a thousand living in cars, what’s the city’s next move?

With the disclosure of new draft legislation that would allow more flexibility for people living in their vehicles when it comes to ticketing or towing, Seattle’s most explosive…

You look new. Would you like to be our mayor?

Something seems to be shifting in Seattle's sense of what it wants in a mayor. Yes, the gender thing is the most obvious. In the…

Seattle Peoples Party is first U.S. manifestation of global trend

A fiery female activist with serious street cred achieves a surprise mayoral election victory in a progressive city at a time of conservative national leadership,…

Oliver gains ground but odds still long

With the release of 28,000 more Seattle ballots Friday, urban planner Cary Moon held on to her second place position in the mayoral primary and…

At City Hall, a massive department is mired in chaos

Last summer, a Seattle police officer called in to say his in-car network was down. No driving or arrest records could be checked. There was no…

City’s highest-paid employee won’t be getting that bonus

Seattle City Light CEO Larry Weis won't be getting his bonus this year. The reason, according to the mayor's office, is not because of any…

A solution to Seattle’s growth: Charging developers?

After being told to prepare for more density with the passage of the Growth Management Act 25 years ago, many Eastside cities decided that growth…

Judge not ready to sign off on Seattle police reform

When it comes to the mind-numbingly complicated process of making Seattle police more accountable, there is one yawningly wide dark hole: union negotiations. With labor…

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…