Pat Murakami Talks Housing, Taxes and Social Justice

by Will Sweger 

In an unexpected move, the Seattle Times Editorial Board recently published an endorsement of Pat Murakami, a South Seattle small business owner running for the Seattle’s Ninth City Council Seat against incumbent M. Lorena González. The South Seattle Emerald took a moment to ask Murakami for additional detail on her stances. Continue reading Pat Murakami Talks Housing, Taxes and Social Justice

This Weekend in South Seattle: BAAMFEST, Cierra Sisters Health Fair, and Latinx/Latina/Latino Pride

Friday, July 21st

Movies: Opening: Valarian And The City of a Thousand PlanetsDetails: In the 28th century, Valerian and Laureline are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha – an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.– Showings: 12:40pm, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:25pm (Fri, Sat & Sun) –Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118 – More Info: http://www.arklodgecinemas.com Continue reading This Weekend in South Seattle: BAAMFEST, Cierra Sisters Health Fair, and Latinx/Latina/Latino Pride

Locally Grown: A Rainier Beach Power Couple

By Kris Kendall

Spend a few minutes talking with Rainier Beach residents Yvette Dinish Kenney and Tyrone Kenney and it’s nearly impossible not to feel inspired.

She’s a Seattle native, retired after a career as a network engineer for the City of Seattle. He’s a transplant from Georgia who worked as a radio disc jockey, now hoping to re-start the cleaning business he put on hold after a near-fatal car accident. Both spend much of their free time volunteering here in the neighborhood. I’m pretty convinced they have super powers. Continue reading Locally Grown: A Rainier Beach Power Couple

King County Metro Access Slammed By Audit, Claims of Poor Service

by Kelsey Hamlin

Going out on a limb, parent Becky Bisbee, decided one day to use Access, a $61 million ADA transit program under King County Metro. Her non-verbal and physically disabled daughter was supposed to attend a day camp sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation but Bisbee couldn’t get her there. At noon, someone from the day camp called asking if the young girl was coming. This was three hours after Bisbee’s daughter first journeyed to catch the Access van. Continue reading King County Metro Access Slammed By Audit, Claims of Poor Service

Questions Linger in Completed Garfield Probe

by Marcus Harrison Green

The Seattle Public Schools probe into whether Garfield High Football coaches improperly recruited two Texas teens may have officially ended more than a month ago, but public adjudication around the issue rages on.

During the public comment period of a June 28th Seattle School Board meeting, former Seattle Public Schools’ principal and current Interagency Academy employee Rickie Malone steadfastly claimed, while wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt, that Garfield High School Football coaches were guilty of illegally recruiting two youth from Beaumont, TX to play football, despite a recent investigation clearing Garfield High football coach Joey Thomas of wrongdoing. Continue reading Questions Linger in Completed Garfield Probe

Seattle Council Approves Bias-Free Policing Bill

by Sharayah Lane

Seattle City Council continued its efforts toward police reform on Monday, unanimously passing bias-free policing legislation.

The council bill comes one year after Councilmember Bruce Harrell proposed drafting legislation that would clearly lay out SPD policies on bias-free policing and develop a private right of action for victims of law enforcement discrimination. Continue reading Seattle Council Approves Bias-Free Policing Bill

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