OPINION | Diverse Voices Are Needed to Understand Public Safety and Security in Seattle

by Jacqueline B. Helfgott, Brandon N. Bledsoe, and Katie Kepler


The Seattle Public Safety Survey, now in its eighth year, is administered annually from Oct. 15 to Nov. 30. The survey is part of the Micro-Community Policing Plans (MCPP), a collaboration between Seattle University (SU) Crime and Justice Research Center and the Seattle Police Department (SPD), focused on police and community engagement at the neighborhood level.

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OPINION | Tukwila’s Minimum Wage Vote Should Spur More South King County Cities to Act

by Sandy Hunt, Debbie Aldous, Julianna Dauble, Tim Martin, Shannon McCann, and Elaine Hogg


On election night, Tukwila voters sent a clear message that the statewide minimum wage is too low for our high-cost region. City of Tukwila Initiative Measure No. 1, which raises the city’s minimum wage to parity with the higher standards in SeaTac and Seattle, passed by a large margin.

We lead the Highline, Tukwila, Renton, Kent, Auburn, and Federal Way Education Associations. Together we represent several thousand educators working in communities all across South King County. We think it’s time for more cities to follow Tukwila’s recent example and raise their minimum wages.

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NEWS GLEAMS | Respect for Marriage Act Passes U.S. Senate; Seattle City Council Passes Biennial Budget

A round-up of news and announcements we don’t want to get lost in the fast-churning news cycle!

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‘Honoring Black Resistance’: Northwest Tap Connection and Union Cultural Center Will Share a New Home

by Victor Simoes


Two long-standing cultural and educational hubs for the Seattle community, Union Cultural Center (UCC) and Northwest Tap Connection (NWTC), will continue their contributions to the South End’s dance and art scenes in a new joint location on the corner of Cloverdale and Rainier Avenue after being awarded with the Strategic Investment Fund

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New Affordable Housing Project Uncle Bob’s Place Incorporates Local Artwork, Centers Community Preference Policy

by Jadenne Radoc Cabahug


On the corner of King Street and 8th Avenue South in the Chinatown-International District sits a new affordable housing development. Named after legendary community activist Robert “Uncle Bob” Santos, Uncle Bob’s Place features a large mural of Santos that overlooks the neighborhood. 

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At 99%, KCHA Reports Highest Lease-Up Rate of Biden’s 2021 Emergency Housing Vouchers

by Lauryn Bray


Last year, President Joe Biden passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which included the release of 70,000 housing vouchers to U.S. cities experiencing high rates of homelessness. Through the Act, King County Housing Authority (KCHA) was granted 762 emergency housing vouchers and nearly $18.4 million in funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2021. As of Nov. 14, KCHA has reported that 756 of the 762 emergency housing vouchers, or 99%, have been leased. 

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Alison Mariella Désir on Reclaiming Space and ‘Running While Black’

In her new book and upcoming Crosscut/KCTS 9 series ‘Out & Back,’ the Seattle outdoor activist shares her running journey.

by Caroline Gerdes

(This article originally appeared in Crosscut and is republished here under an agreement.)


In Alison Mariella Désir’s new book, Running While Black: Finding Freedom in a Sport That Wasn’t Built for Us, Désir discusses her physical journey as a runner, running as activism, and how the sport saved her life. 

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City Silent About Ongoing, Potentially Flawed Investigation Into Former OPA Director

Charging Thousands of Dollars Per Month, Outside Firm Waited Almost a Year to Interview Former OPA Director

by Carolyn Bick

The Emerald’s Watchdragon reporting seeks to increase accountability within our city’s institutions through in-depth investigative journalism.


Since the beginning of this year, the Emerald has been following and reporting on developments in the ongoing investigation into allegations of medical privacy violations against former Office of Police Accountability Dir. Andrew Myerberg and still-unnamed — and, possibly, still unknown — Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers.

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