by Aaron Burkhalter
Councilmember Mike O’Brien took a stroll through a new solution to homelessness and the city’s lack of affordable housing.
It was a short walk — the length of a long trailer. At just a couple hundred square feet, the tiny cottage has enough room for a small table for two — maybe three — people, a downstairs queen-sized bed and an upstairs loft where children could sleep. It has a kitchen, indoor plumbing, and electricity, but it sits on a trailer hook up that is secured to the ground in the backyard of a home in Kent.
Continue reading From Pilot Projects to Systemic Change: Seattle City Council Mulls Solutions to Homelessness in Biennial Budget
by Kelsey Hamlin
Update (9/13/2017 4:05 p.m.): Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell was sworn in Wednesday morning as interim mayor. He has yet to accept or decline to takeover the position for the remainder of resigning mayor Ed Murray’s term. Should Harrell accept he would serve until Nov. 28 when the winner of that month’s mayoral race would officially take over the role. Should this happen, Harrell will forfeit his council seat, according to City Attorney Pete Holmes. Harrell has stated that he will announce his decision by Friday at 5 p.m.
Nearly four months after sexual abuse allegations first emerged against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, the one-term mayor has decided to resign after his cousin recently claimed Murray abused him as a child. Continue reading Seattle Mayor Resigns After Fifth Child Sexual Abuse Allegation
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
by Marcus Harrison Green
Add mayoral candidate to Nikkita Oliver’s striking resume. On Wednesday the scholar, organizer, educator, lawyer, poet and boxer officially announced her candidacy for Seattle’s highest executive office on behalf of the Peoples Party.
Well respected in both Seattle’s artist and organizing communities (she’s represented the city in national Slam Poetry competitions and been at the forefront of the city’s No New Youth Jail and BLM movements), Oliver says she is running a grassroots campaign to restore a “true public servant” in City Hall, one whose interests align in lockstep with residents increasingly priced out of Seattle by skyrocketing rents, marginalized by city policy, and wanting Seattle to be progressive in practice, not only pronouncement. Continue reading Vowing A Transformative Campaign, Artist-Organizer Nikkita Oliver Enters Mayoral Race
by Marcus Harrison Green
At an event called to condemn Hate Speech, a group of organizers aligned against the building of King County youth detention center decided to practice their right to free speech. Continue reading Demonstrators Confront Murray, Constantine On “Youth Jail” at “Hate Free Zone” Rally
Seattle’s looking to build a $160 million three-story police station that would be among the most expensive in the country. Comedian Brett Hamil takes you behind the scenes for a sneak peek into what absolutely necessary amenities those dollars might buy.
Continue reading Brett Hamil: Seattle’s New Police Bunker (Sneak Peek!)
Collected by Antonio Foster
Jayapal Introduces Bill to Make First Two Years of Community College Free
On Tuesday, the 37th District’s State Senator, Pramila Jayapal, joined fellow State Senator David Frockt, (D-Seattle), and Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle), in introducing the Washington Promise program, which would provide two years of guaranteed tuition at community and technical colleges for all eligible Washington residents. Continue reading News Gleams: Jayapal Pushes for Free College, Mayor Wants Fair Housing Access For Those With Criminal Records, and Skyway to Celebrate New Library
In his latest video, Brett Hamil takes on Comcast and its franchise agreement with Seattle, which is set to be renewed for another 10 years in December.
As Comcast thinks up new ways to screw over its customers, the City of Seattle prepares to renew their franchise agreement for 10 more years. Meanwhile, Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer, Michael Mattmiller, comes up with excuses for why he won’t pursue municipal broadband.
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Continue reading Brett Hamil: Comcast, Data Caps and CTO Mattmiller’s Cave-In
Astute commentator Brett Hamil breaks the latest “scandal” in the Seattle District 3 City Council race, and provides a fascinating new Bertha update. Continue reading Brett Hamil: Sawant Rescues Kitten from Tree
In his latest video commentary Beacon Hill comedian Brett Hamil calls out Mayor Murray for not sticking his neck out for a city-run broadband network, and examines why the “Viaduct Doom Portal” is the mayor’s gift that keeps on giving. Continue reading Broadband, Bertha, and Seattle’s Groundhog Day