Category Archives: Civics

Sawant Introduces Resolution Opposing PSE Refinery Project

by Will Sweger 

Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant, along with activists from the Puyallup Tribe, Tacoma Redefine, the Sierra Club, and 350 Seattle came together Tuesday morning to issue a statement in opposition to the construction of a liquid natural gas refinery in Tacoma. In her latest move connecting national issues to local government conduct, Sawant introduced a city council resolution to oppose the facility currently under construction by Puget Sound Energy (PSE). Continue reading Sawant Introduces Resolution Opposing PSE Refinery Project

Tipping the Scales: What Will the Slim Democratic Majority Mean for These Four Bills Waiting in the Wings?

by Ashley Archibald

(This article was originally published in the Jan 10 issue of Real Change and has been reprinted with permission)

A New Year, A New Legislative Session

Lawmakers returned to Olympia to kickoff a legislative marathon with a regular session on Jan. 8 that will wrap up on March 8. That gives relatively little time for legislators to get through a raft of pre-filed bills, as well as the hundreds that have languished in the House Rules committee, waiting to see the light of day in the Senate. Continue reading Tipping the Scales: What Will the Slim Democratic Majority Mean for These Four Bills Waiting in the Wings?

Move to Provide Families of Police Violence Victims with Lawyers Passes Committee

by Kelsey Hamlin

Last year, on June 24, a 17-year-old named Giovann Joseph-McDade was shot to death by Kent police. The inquest hearing investigating the circumstances of his death by law enforcement was held in December. His mother, Sonia Joseph, was not prepared emotionally or financially for what befell her. Continue reading Move to Provide Families of Police Violence Victims with Lawyers Passes Committee

Durkan Vows Seattle Police Won’t be Part of Any Legal Pot Crackdown

by jseattle

(This article was originally published on CapitolHillSeattle and has been reprinted with permission)

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says her police department will not be part of any crackdown on the city’s legal pot businesses as reports spread of a plan to rescind a federal policy that has been key to state legalization. Continue reading Durkan Vows Seattle Police Won’t be Part of Any Legal Pot Crackdown

Clock Starts Ticking for Seattle Task Force to Find revenue for Homelessness Services

by Josh Kelety / Capitol Hill Seattle Blog

While the Seattle City Council dramatically voted down a proposed tax on big businesses to fund homelessness services (otherwise known as the employee head tax) during last month’s contentious budget city budget negotiations, they also passed a resolution establishing a task force to study the same tax they had just voted down as well as other potential ways to pay for homelessness services. Continue reading Clock Starts Ticking for Seattle Task Force to Find revenue for Homelessness Services