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Tracking Mayor Ed Murray’s compromises on police reform

After many months of talks, negotiations and late night phone calls, Mayor Ed Murray has once again filed a suite of accountability reforms, to be…

Seattle’s homeless emergency: What do we really know?

Every morning around 7:30, Wayne Wilson walks from his office on the second floor of the Compass Housing Alliance, inside a shaky building in the…

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…

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…

‘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,…

City Council looks for HALA answers

Are the recommendations of Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda group going to make real improvements in housing options for low-income people? The Seattle…

How much of Seattle’s housing is affordable? No one knows for sure

Until last month, I managed a 20-unit apartment building in Lake City. A one bedroom rented for about $900 a month; a two-bedroom, $1,100. One…

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…

Amid SPD outsider hiring, a detente between Chief O’Toole and unions

When Mayor Ed Murray brought in Kathleen O’Toole to head the Seattle Police Department, he did so with the goal of ushering in the department’s…

What Mayor Ed Murray said at Civic Cocktail

Even with an experienced politician like Mayor Ed Murray, setting can make a difference.  The warm space at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom lent to a…

Smartypants guide to Civic Cocktail: Ed Murray

Our Civic Cocktail gathering next Wednesday will feature a special guest, Mayor Ed Murray, to talk about his plans for 2015. But expect him to be…

Mayor Murray’s new plans for more Seattle transparency, equity

Since Edward Murray was sworn in as the 53rd Mayor of Seattle, he’s been a man on fire, overseeing the passage of measures to increase…