Category Archives: Civics

Republican Backed Bill to Change Sound Transit’s Board Has Rep. Tomiko Santos’ Support

by Cliff Cawthon

Longtime South Seattle state representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-37) was called out by transit supporters two weeks ago for signing onto a Republican bill (currently in committees in the House and Senate) that would make the Sound Transit Board of Directors an elected board. Continue reading Republican Backed Bill to Change Sound Transit’s Board Has Rep. Tomiko Santos’ Support

Lobby Day Sees Youth Adovocate for Equitable Education Funding

by Meghan Patiño

On a frigid day in late January, 10 members of 206 Forward- Youth Advocates of Seattle joined more than 120 young people in Olympia for the Legislative Youth Action Day. Youth came from around the state to speak with their state legislators about several issues from funding homeless services, equitable distribution of education funding, and police accountability.  Continue reading Lobby Day Sees Youth Adovocate for Equitable Education Funding

Librarians Enlist Community’s Aid In Contract Negotiations

by Marcus Harrison Green

A protracted battle between the King County Library System (KCLS) and the union representing its more than one thousand library workers continues to intensify on the eve of contract negotiations between the two.

At the heart of the 15-month-long struggle is a cost of living adjustment for the library workers which would make up the difference in expenses from now having to pay for health insurance out-of-pocket. Continue reading Librarians Enlist Community’s Aid In Contract Negotiations

City Seeking 16 for New Community Involvement Commission

(The following is a community announcement)

The City of Seattle is seeking 16 commissioners for the newly created Community Involvement Commission. With the goal of increasing equitable and inclusive community involvement, this is a great opportunity for residents of South Seattle to participate in decision-making around important city projects and neighborhood grants.

The deadline for applications is March 1 at 5pm. The application in multiple languages can be found here: http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/community-involvement-commission. Continue reading City Seeking 16 for New Community Involvement Commission

County Responds to Murray’s Call for a “Second Look” at Juvenile Detention Center

by Marcus Harrison Green

In the latest chapter of the ongoing saga of King County’s proposed  $210 million Children and Family Justice Center, the county has responded to a letter written Monday by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray addressed to King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Superior Court Judge Laura Inveen. The letter requested that the county take a “second look” at the design plans for the facility, saying that “new evidence” and “the continued decline of incarcerated youth in our community” prompted his request. Continue reading County Responds to Murray’s Call for a “Second Look” at Juvenile Detention Center

Defiant Murray Vows to Fight Trump’s Crackdown on Immigrants

by Cliff Cawthon

On Wednesday, Mayor Ed Murray and members of the Seattle City Council gathered outside City Hall to announce their opposition to two executive orders from the Trump Administration yesterday, one vowing to pull all federal funding from “sanctuary cities” that offer refuge to undocumented immigrant, with the other initiating plans for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Continue reading Defiant Murray Vows to Fight Trump’s Crackdown on Immigrants