Category Archives: Civics

Six Things to Consider About the Head Tax

by Erica Barnett

Weeks of tense negotiations, heated yelling sessions, and a high-stakes game of chicken between Seattle’s biggest employer and the city council culminated on Monday afternoon in a unanimous council vote to approve a $275-per-employee “head tax.” But what does the vote mean? Is Amazon’s threat to abandon the city off the table? And where does Seattle go from here?  Continue reading Six Things to Consider About the Head Tax

Seattle City Council Committee Votes to Adopt Head Tax, Rejects Mayor Durkan’s Tax Proposal

by Will Sweger

Friday morning in a Finance and Neighborhoods Committee meeting of the Seattle City Council, councilmembers voted on the Employee Head Tax proposal. The council chambers buzzed with speculation of a competing tax proposed from Mayor Durkan that would tax employee hours at half the rate of the council’s version. Continue reading Seattle City Council Committee Votes to Adopt Head Tax, Rejects Mayor Durkan’s Tax Proposal

City Council Committee Readies for Imminent Vote on Head Tax

by Will Sweger

One way to judge a society is to look at how it provides for its poorest people. Seattle is debating the scale of the hospitality it will provide in the form of controversy over the Employee Head Tax proposed by members of the city council. The Finance and Neighborhoods Committee is set to vote on the new tax tomorrow in a session starting at 9:30am. Continue reading City Council Committee Readies for Imminent Vote on Head Tax

A Crisis of Confidence among King County Democrats

by Erica Barnett

Earlier this month—after multiple investigations, a vote of no confidence, and a lengthy internal trial that found him guilty on five counts of workplace misconduct, financial malfeasance, and “conduct unbecoming an officer,” King County Democratic Party chairman Bailey Stober resigned from both his position as chair of the county party and his $98,000-a-year job as communications director for King County Assessor John Arthur Wilson. The announcements capped a months-long process that turned into a referendum on not just Stober but the culture and future of the local Democratic Party. Continue reading A Crisis of Confidence among King County Democrats

Meet Seattle’s First Inspector General for Public Safety, Lisa Judge

by Emerald Staff

After a nearly yearlong search process, hundreds of applicants, and countless hours of deliberation the Seattle City Council is finally posed to appoint Lisa Judge as Seattle’s first ever Inspector General for Public Safety.

Judge’s office, formed after passage of a historic police accountability ordinance by the council last May following the Department of Justice’s 2012 Consent Decree agreeing that the city would eliminate unconstitutional policing, will provide civilian oversight to the management, practices and policies of the Police Department and the Office of Police Accountability, which conducts internal investigations. Continue reading Meet Seattle’s First Inspector General for Public Safety, Lisa Judge