by M. Anthony Davis
Bruce Harrell, who served as Seattle City Councilmember for 12 years, has announced he’s running for mayor. Harrell’s time on the City Council included serving as Council President, and for five days in 2017, he was acting mayor after former Mayor Ed Murray resigned. Ultimately, Harrell decided to return to his seat on the Council instead of finishing out Murray’s term. In 2019, Harrell stepped down from his role on the Council and decided not to run for reelection.
Now, Harrell, who was raised in the Central District, attended the University of Washington, and is a longtime community leader, is back and ready to run for mayor. The Emerald had a chance to catch up with Harrell and discuss his plans for the future of Seattle. Our conversation covers why Harrell decided to come back to local politics, his views on homelessness and policing, his plans to rejuvenate local businesses, and what it means to be a Seattle native with the opportunity to lead the city in these tumultuous times.
Continue reading Q&A: Bruce Harrell, Councilmember Who Grew Up in Central District, Runs for Mayor
The Morning Update Show — hosted by Trae Holiday and The Big O (Omari Salisbury) — is the only weekday news and information livestream that delivers culturally relevant content to the Pacific Northwest’s urban audience. Omari and Trae analyze the day’s local and national headlines as well as melanin magic in our community. Watch live every weekday at 11 a.m. on any of the following channels, hosted by Converge Media: YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Periscope, and whereweconverge.com.
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Morning Update Show — Monday, March 29
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Continue reading The Morning Update Show — 3/29/21
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Tammy Morales running for Seattle City Council, Bruce Harrell is not
Community organizer and Seattle Human Rights Commissioner Tammy Morales will run for the District 2 seat on the Seattle City Council in 2019. District 2 covers the Chinatown-International District and Southeast Seattle.
Continue reading News Gleams: Tammy Morales Announces Bid for City Council, Uber Expands Bike-Share to South End
by Geov Parrish
Sept. 23, hundreds packed Seattle City Council chambers and an overflow room for their first chance to offer public testimony on Mayor Jenny Durkan’s proposed 2019-20 budget, and potential council amendments to it. Some 140 people and groups signed up to offer testimony in what turned out to be a frequently emotional four-hour marathon that hopefully left council members — at least those who weren’t looking at their phones all evening — a lot to think about. To her credit, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw chaired the hearing with a notably fairer and more restrained hand than council President Bruce Harrell employs in contentious council meetings.
Continue reading OPINION: Passionate Testimony Brightens a Bleak Seattle Budget
by Erica C Barnett
(This article was originally published on C is for Crank and has been reprinted with permission)
Last month, the Seattle Police Department and City Council member Mike O’Brien announced that the city would spend $2 million over the next two years to reinstate the mothballed Community Service Officer program and hire around a dozen new CSOs—unarmed SPD employees trained to respond to low-level calls, including minor property crimes, landlord-tenant disputes, runaway kids, and “nuisance” crimes like public intoxication. Over the course of 2017, a team of representatives from city departments, along with the independent Community Police Commission, will decide what the CSOs’ job descriptions will be, what kind of services they will and won’t provide, and even to whom they will report. Continue reading As City Revives Civilian SPD Patrols, Role of Unarmed Officers Remains Open Question
by Matt Mills McKnight
Last Thursday, South Seattle community members engaged with city officials at the New Holly Gathering Hall to discuss the Othello Village homeless encampment. Othello Village will start admitting tenants on March 8th. Continue reading Community Voices Concern, Support at Othello Encampment Meeting
In his latest video, Brett Hamil offers some constructive advice for those recently elected to the Seattle City Council.
Continue reading Brett Hamil: New Seattle Councilmembers – Don’t Be “The One”
by Marcus Harrison Green (featured image by Alex Garland)
As a number of local media outlets pile up the mea-culpas for overlooking of her campaign, Tammy Morales appears as oblivious to their new found discovery of her candidacy as they once did of her. It wasn’t so much that they left her for dead, as much as they never knew she was alive. Continue reading District 2 Candidate Morales: Had the Media Done Their Jobs, The Results of My Race Wouldn’t Come As A Shock
Editor’s Note: We asked two District 2 residents to make a case for each of the candidates vying to represent the district as its first-ever city council representative. This is the second of those two articles. Read The Case for Tammy Morales here.
Understanding the Passion of Bruce Harrell: It’s Why You Should Vote for Him
By Cindi Laws, South Seattle Emerald’s “Emerald in the Rough” columnist
When I first met Bruce Harrell, he was registering voters on the South End of Seattle in the late 1990s, at least a decade before he ran and won a seat on the Seattle City Council. He caught my attention because he was comfortably engaging with everybody as though he were a fresh 18-year-old voter, casting a ballot for the first time. As someone who’s registered tens of thousands of voters since the early 1980s, I wanted to get to know this guy. Continue reading The Case for Bruce Harrell
by Cindi Laws
Special to the South Seattle Emerald
Since December 30, 12 of the 14 tweets the Seattle Police Department sent (@SeattlePD) involved violent crime in the South Precinct. That would include the King Donut robbery and assault, the shooting in Dunlap, the Brighton drive-by, the Georgetown Robbery and stabbing, the shooting spree at S Eddy & Rainier, the Homicide and shooting gallery at Rainier & Kenyon. Continue reading Emerald in the Rough: New Year Worse Than the Old Year, South Seattle We Have A Problem