Category Archives: Civics

Healthy Communities Action Plan Encourages Collaboration for a Happier, Healthier International District

by Kamna Shastri

Seattle’s Chinatown/International District is woven with contrasts. Treasures like the Sun May Imports store, with its antique register and buildings like the Kong Yick building on 8th and King, and the Panama Hotel (now a teahouse) on East Main Street burst with history. But alongside the rich stories are public safety concerns and a lack of green space for sore eyes. Plastered to the side of buildings are notices for development projects, like the looming shadow of a proposed 14 story Marriott hotel. The air is laced with pollution from I-5, which splits the neighborhood in two.   Continue reading Healthy Communities Action Plan Encourages Collaboration for a Happier, Healthier International District

Controversy Continues at 37th District Dem Meeting

by John Colby

Ongoing troubles in the 37th District Democratic Party continued last Monday. For those new to the controversy, it stems from a failed attempt to recruit Precinct Committee Officers (PCO) without an election. A combination of state law and Democratic Party bylaws bar individuals who didn’t run for PCO positions from voting after November 30 on appointments and leadership positions.
Continue reading Controversy Continues at 37th District Dem Meeting

‘I Will Continue to be Mayor,’ Vows Ed Murray Amid Accusations

by Joe Copeland and David Kroman

(This article was previously published on Crosscut and has been reprinted with permission)

Responding personally to allegations that he had sexually exploited a teenager in the 1980s, Mayor Ed Murray today called the statements untrue and painful. He pledged to continue leading the city and continue his campaign for re-election this fall. Continue reading ‘I Will Continue to be Mayor,’ Vows Ed Murray Amid Accusations

Grant, Secrest, Mosqueda State Their Case For City Hall

by Alex Garland 

This is the first in our series of interviews with candidates running for Seattle City Council’s Position 8, one of two citywide council seats up for grabs this November. For this round, our interviewer gathered questions from local journalists to ask former Tenants Union Director Jon Grant, King County NAACP Vice- President Sheley Secrest, and labor and immigrants rights advocate Teresa Mosqueda. The three join seven other declared candidates in vying for the position. Grant and Secrest are both South Seattle residents. Continue reading Grant, Secrest, Mosqueda State Their Case For City Hall

So What Happened At Midtown Center?

by Erica C. Barnett 

The fate of a proposed deal between the nonprofit group Africatown and the environmental preservation group Forterra to buy and develop the Midtown Center property at 23rd Ave. and Union Street hit a wall last week, when the owners of the property, the Bangasser family partnership, changed the locks at the office occupied by Black Dot, an incubator for African-American-owned businesses. According to a police report obtained by Capitol Hill Seattle, the lease for the space Black Dot was occupying ended in February. Black Dot was never the leaseholder on the space. Continue reading So What Happened At Midtown Center?

‘Done deal’ for Navigation Center Calls Into Question City’s Engagement Process With Little Saigon

by Rachel Eagan 

With signs held high above their heads, 40 plus protesters ascended the steps of Seattle City Hall’s Council Chambers Monday morning to address the City’s failure in engaging the Little Saigon community around the neighborhood’s planned growth and development. Continue reading ‘Done deal’ for Navigation Center Calls Into Question City’s Engagement Process With Little Saigon