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Seattle Spent Over $10 million on Homeless Sweeps in 2017

The new tax on Amazon could mean spending even more

by Dae Shik Kim Hawkins Jr. & Guy Oron (Op-Ed columnists)

Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s anti-sweep amendment was voted down 8-1 at Monday’s full council meeting. The amendment would have prevented any of the recently passed head tax funds (an average of $47.4 million per year, $275 per employee) to be allocated towards sweeps of homeless encampments. Continue reading Seattle Spent Over $10 million on Homeless Sweeps in 2017

If We Really Wanted to Celebrate Mothers, We’d Have Policies That Better Supported Them

by Marilyn Watkins

The sentimental gloss of Mother’s Day ads only shows the joys and comforts of being a mom, ignoring how tough it often is. The anxieties of sleepless nights, health crises, and potential dangers as our children explore the world may be in part unavoidable, but public policy and cultural norms sure make being a mother harder than it should be. Continue reading If We Really Wanted to Celebrate Mothers, We’d Have Policies That Better Supported Them

A Life, Complete: In death, Reverend Samuel McKinney Tells us Something About Living

by Marcus Harrison Green

As hundreds streamed into the lower bowl of McCaw Hall to pay their respects to the late Rev. Dr. Samuel McKinney on Tuesday morning, I overheard Mertiss Thompson, who was sitting behind me,  comment on the significance of the turnout: Continue reading A Life, Complete: In death, Reverend Samuel McKinney Tells us Something About Living

Finding Common Ground On Housing Affordability

In spite of negativity and division, everyone seems to agree: Something must be done.

by Tammy Morales

On Monday, May 7th, I went to the council hearing on the Mandatory Housing Affordability policy (MHA). As I pulled up to Franklin High School, I saw several police cars—no doubt a reaction to the angry mob Councilmembers faced at a hearing the previous week in Ballard. Or, perhaps the police presence was in response to the recent physical eviction of a councilmember from a neighborhood celebration. Continue reading Finding Common Ground On Housing Affordability

The Three Reasons Move Seattle is on the Ropes

by Peter Johnson

Move Seattle, the big transportation program approved by Seattle voters in 2015, is not going well. The program was supposed to:

  • Maintain existing infrastructure, especially aging bridges
  • Improve safety on roadways
  • Expand transit service
  • Build bike and pedestrian infrastructure

Some of the first point, maintenance, has gone as planned. Badly needed seismic retrofits, like rebuilding Yesler Bridge over 4th Avenue, have been completed on schedule. Continue reading The Three Reasons Move Seattle is on the Ropes