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NHL gives Seattle a real shot at a team

Talk about a power play: About 24 hours after the city signed a deal to develop privately an arena worthy of the NHL, hockey league…

After months of rumor, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole stepping down

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole is leaving her post as head of the state's largest police department at the end of the year, handing the reins to Deputy…

Chaotic budget talks come to a close — kind of

When interim-Mayor Tim Burgess signs the city's $5.6 billion budget on Wednesday — allocating funds for everything from homeless services to office improvements in the Municipal…

In a warm-up for the real fight, lawyers argue about city income tax

Seattle’s new income tax has always been headed toward the Washington Supreme Court. But to get there, it had to start somewhere. That somewhere was King…

Community leaders want Feds gone on police reform. Feds agree

More than five years after the Department of Justice sued the City of Seattle over what it saw as excessive uses of force by its police…

At-large city council race tests Seattle’s progressive identity

Teresa Mosqueda and Jon Grant, candidates for one of two at-large city council seats, feel right at home in Seattle politics. Both creatures of the…

What’s next for Seattle’s ‘most dangerous street’?

The Seattle Department of Transportation reports stellar results from one of its most ballyhooed traffic “rechannelization” projects, on Rainier Avenue South in Columbia City and…

State, Seattle take the opioid fight to court

Twelve-year-old Matthew Dennis of Kirkland fought leukemia in a Seattle area hospital with opioids being used to manage the pain through a drip IV. He…

Mayor Burgess presents 2018 budget, both the good and the bad

In what will likely be his most important job of his 71 days as mayor, Mayor Tim Burgess delivered his proposal for Seattle's new budget to…

KeyArena deal needs a bit of Seattle skepticism

Asked if there was anything that would keep her Uptown Alliance from saying yes to the low-risk but high-pressure $600 million private proposal to make…

City takes a ‘therapeutic’ approach to housing discrimination

Last year, the city of Seattle found more than a fifth of landlords seemed to be discriminating against potential renters. Out of 97 apartment building…

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…