Category Archives: Civics

Businesses Getting Their Turn to Help Shape Seattle’s Head Tax

by JSeattle

(This article was originally published on Capitol Hill Seattle)

With reporting by SCC Insight

Tuesday afternoon, Poquitos co-owner Rich Fox was slated to be part of the Seattle City Council’s attempt to get more business voices at the table as it moves toward a planned May vote on a new employee-hours tax to help fund homelessness services and affordability efforts. Continue reading Businesses Getting Their Turn to Help Shape Seattle’s Head Tax

Protest Demands Amazon Help Alleviate Affordable Housing Crisis

by Carolyn Bick

That  Amazon, the largest Internet-based retailer in the world, made $5.6 billion in profits last year, and paid no federal income tax – and, thanks to the recently enacted tax laws, projects a $789 million tax return this year – may no longer be dominating headlines, but it’s on Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant’s mind every day. Continue reading Protest Demands Amazon Help Alleviate Affordable Housing Crisis

Seattle Set to Give Central District its Own Design Review Board

by Ari Cetron

In an effort to preserve and grow the historically Black culture of the Central District, Seattle is creating a new Design Review Board for the area. The proposal passed out of committee April 4, and will go before the Seattle City Council for a vote scheduled for Monday afternoon, April 9. Continue reading Seattle Set to Give Central District its Own Design Review Board

Photo Essay: March For Our Lives Seattle

by Susan Fried and Sharon H Chang

Thousands gathered in Capitol Hill’s Cal Anderson Park on Saturday morning for Seattle’s March for Our Lives. The demonstration was one of the hundreds held across the country in support of stricter gun control laws, including a primary rally held in Washington, DC that attracted crowds in the hundreds of thousands. The DC event featured passionate speeches by several student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL.   Continue reading Photo Essay: March For Our Lives Seattle

Public Defender’s Office to Help Mitigate Unintended Impacts of Low Level Crimes

by Kelsey Hamlin

Seattle City Council passed Resolution 31802 Monday to insert civil “collateral consequence” attorneys into the King County Department of Public Defense (KC DPD) in an effort to inform people charged with crimes about the unintended consequences of conviction. Continue reading Public Defender’s Office to Help Mitigate Unintended Impacts of Low Level Crimes

House Party Wants Housing For All

by Carolyn Bick

As he leaned against the railing of Cafe Red, Anthony Pardi talked about how, at just 29 years old, most of his adult life has been spent cycling in and out of homelessness.

Though Pardi currently has a home, the hip-hop artist and Washington state native was homeless just last year, due to a mental illness crisis in which his post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorder kicked into high gear, leaving him unable to work. Pardi said that because he doesn’t have family in the area, he was left to live on the street. Continue reading House Party Wants Housing For All

Families of Gun Violence Victims Weigh in on Police Chief Search

by Carolyn Bick

Robin Cockerherm just wants a police chief who is honest, and who listens to and acts on behalf of the community – not just someone who gladhands and smiles for the camera.

“Do it because you really care, not for a show,” Cockerherm said. “[We need] somebody that’s going to be trustworthy, and organic to their job … Somebody who is going to be real. I think that would be awesome for Seattle, and something that is needed in the communities.” Continue reading Families of Gun Violence Victims Weigh in on Police Chief Search