Category Archives: Civics

A 2017 Election Autopsy

by Michael Maddux, Opinion Writer

What 2017 Tells Us About Seattle

In Seattle, this year’s election was cast as many things. For some, it was about routing the so-called establishment. For others, it was seen as an opportunity to elect ideological purists to the city council. To some it was viewed as a referendum on HALA and density. Not to mention the questions surrounding revenue options in Seattle, and how we’re addressing the homelessness crisis. At the end of the day, most “sides” can claim some victory. A week out, with most of the ballots counted, here’s what voters said: Continue reading A 2017 Election Autopsy

Seattle ‘Employee Hours Tax’ at Center of Budget Debate

by Kelsey Hamlin/CapitolHillSeattle.com

Seattle City Council budget chair Lisa Herbold’s job is to take the mayor’s budget proposal and shape it for the city’s most important priorities. This week, her committee will put the final touches on Seattle’s budget “balancing” process.

A new employee hours tax — sometimes referred to as a head tax — stands at the center of the effort. Continue reading Seattle ‘Employee Hours Tax’ at Center of Budget Debate

King County Council Moves to Prevent Intimate Partner Gun Homicides

by Peter Johnson

Despite Republican opposition, a new county program will take guns out of the hands of the men who batter and kill women at home

Gun violence enters the headlines when, as in Texas over the weekend, someone kills dozens of people all at once in a mass shooting. Those acts of terrorism or myopic vengeance always seem random. Certainly, they are hard to predict. Continue reading King County Council Moves to Prevent Intimate Partner Gun Homicides

Stop the Sweeps Seattle Continues Outdoor Occupation after City Hall Protest

by Will Sweger

Last Thursday night, huddled under the entryway of the King County Administration Building against the cold rain, approximately twenty Seattleites gathered to discuss their options. The encampment of about 30 tents they had been calling home was facing eviction the next morning. This site was all that was left of Wednesday’s demonstration to occupy city hall. Continue reading Stop the Sweeps Seattle Continues Outdoor Occupation after City Hall Protest

Local Levies Aren’t Sexy, But They Do Matter

by Hanna Brooks Olsen

Regional propositions may not get the attention of bigger projects, but for people in the neighborhood, they’re critical.

King County Fire Protection District No. 20 Proposition No. 1 Levy of General Tax for Maintenance and Operations is about as local government as it gets. The levy, which would provide additional funding for fire and other emergency services in south King County, has drawn no massively powerful PAC money, has gotten next to no press coverage, and will likely pass relatively easily—because the residents of Washington State are, at this point, very accustomed to digging a little deeper into their pockets each month to fund the things that matter. Continue reading Local Levies Aren’t Sexy, But They Do Matter

Race, Displacement Take Center Stage at “Finale” Mayoral Debate

by ChrisTiana ObeySumner

On a grey and rainy Saturday, concerned citizens, high school students, and organizational representatives from organizations like CAIR and Thrive Washington huddled together at BlackZone, a community space set aside for the Central District’s historically black population along the Rainier Avenue corridor. Continue reading Race, Displacement Take Center Stage at “Finale” Mayoral Debate