Category Archives: Civics

Why Lawmakers Are Pushing for a Major Shift on the Port Commission

by Hanna Brooks Olsen

Five at-large Port of Seattle positions currently serve all 2.1M King County residents—but critics say the system is built unfairly

Running for the Port of Seattle is not easy—and not just because so few people care about the race to begin with. Despite the organization’s name, the commission doesn’t just represent the interests of the voters in the city of Seattle; instead, the five elected commissioners are charged with establishing port policy to benefit and support the entirety of King County. In total, the five commissioners—part-time employees paid less than the region’s annual median incomerepresent over two million residents—a ratio of 420,000 voters to one. Continue reading Why Lawmakers Are Pushing for a Major Shift on the Port Commission

What Seattle Can Learn From San Francisco and Chicago In Dealing With Its Housing Affordability Crisis

by Kelsey Hamlin

As Seattle deals with the largest population boom in its history, the Sightline Institute, an independent, nonprofit research and communications center, hosted a panel Wednesday night at the Rainier Arts Center to learn from Chicago and San Francisco affordable housing experts. Continue reading What Seattle Can Learn From San Francisco and Chicago In Dealing With Its Housing Affordability Crisis

Housing for All Arguments Overshadowed by City Council Votes

by Will Sweger

Monday’s Seattle City Council meeting met with fanfare that’s become commonplace in a season of major announcements in the political scene: socialist activists crowding the council chamber, sweeping platitudes from councilmembers and a press corps snapping pictures and hammering away at tweets. Continue reading Housing for All Arguments Overshadowed by City Council Votes

Harrell Declines To Stay On As Mayor, Issues Executive Order On Youth Jail

by Emerald Staff

Two days after assuming the role of interim mayor following Ed Murray’s resignation, Bruce Harrell announced he would decline to fulfill the remainder of Murray’s term.

Speaking at a press conference at City Hall on Friday afternoon, Harrell, who was surrounded by family and city staff, said he would  not continue on as mayor. The interim mayor cited unfinished business in District 2, which he’s represented the past 2 years since the city council went to representation by geographic district. Continue reading Harrell Declines To Stay On As Mayor, Issues Executive Order On Youth Jail

An Evaluation Of The 2017 Washington State Legislative Session

by John Stafford

INTRODUCTION

This article evaluates the 2017 Washington State Legislative Session.  There are five sections:  overview, McCleary agreement, three budgets; other bills; and summary.

OVERVIEW

The Washington State Legislature alternates between odd-year, full sessions (105 days) in which it develops three, two-year budgets (operating, transportation and capital); and even-year, short sessions (60 days) in which it makes minor adjustments to these budgets.  Thus, the 2017 session was a full session charged with creating the new budgets, and it was notable for several reasons.  Continue reading An Evaluation Of The 2017 Washington State Legislative Session

Seattle Mayor Resigns After Fifth Child Sexual Abuse Allegation

by Kelsey Hamlin

Update (9/13/2017 4:05 p.m.): Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell was sworn in Wednesday morning as interim mayor. He has yet to accept or decline to takeover the position for the remainder of resigning mayor Ed Murray’s term. Should Harrell accept he would serve until Nov. 28 when the winner of that month’s mayoral race would officially take over the role. Should this happen, Harrell will forfeit his council seat, according to City Attorney Pete Holmes. Harrell has stated that he will announce his decision by Friday at 5 p.m.

Nearly four months after sexual abuse allegations first emerged against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, the one-term mayor has decided to resign after his cousin recently claimed Murray abused him as a child. Continue reading Seattle Mayor Resigns After Fifth Child Sexual Abuse Allegation

THE “LOGIC OF TRUMP”: IMPLICATIONS FOR “THE RESISTANCE” (Part Two of Two)

by John Stafford

INTRODUCTION

This article is the second in a two-part sequence. The first article provided an assessment of the Obama Presidency.The second addresses the rise of Trump. They are written in tandem, in an attempt to provide insight into the question of how a nation as great as the United States has produced a president as appalling as Donald Trump. This is a critical question, because in order to effectively oppose the administration, one must understand the “logic” behind it. In my view, “The Resistance” (which I fully support) is at times misguided due to an incomplete appreciation of the dynamics that have engendered Trump. Continue reading THE “LOGIC OF TRUMP”: IMPLICATIONS FOR “THE RESISTANCE” (Part Two of Two)