The following is a letter to the Seattle City Council and Mayor Jenny Durkan from two members of the Community Advisory Council, Othello Nickelsville responding to recent actions taken by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) following a decision from LIHI and the city of Seattle to replace Nickelsville staff members who manage the encampment. The letter was sent on April 9, 2019. The letter is reprinted exactly as submitted.
by Eliana Scott-Thoennes and Jesiah Wurtz
We are members of the Community Advisory Council (CAC) for the Othello Nickelsville Tiny House Village. We were shocked and outraged by yesterday’s aggressive actions by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) at the Othello Village.
Continue reading OPINION: An Open Letter to the City of Seattle from Othello Nickelsville’s Community Advisory Council
by Aaron Burkhalter
City staffers from the Human Services Department, community members, and activists say that Mayor Jenny Durkan sidestepped the city’s own procedures and race-equity process in the appointment of Jason Johnson as the director of the Human Services Department (HSD).
Continue reading HSD Staffers, Community Seek Racial Equity In Human Services Department Director Appointment
by Carolyn Bick
With the exception of Councilmember Kshama Sawant, the Seattle City Council almost unanimously passed its $5.9 billion 2019-20 budget.
The nine-member council voted 8-to-1 in favor of passing a budget that included increases in funding for police and the city’s homelessness outreach program, as well as funding for a new program aimed at low-acuity mental health response. The budget largely reflected what Mayor Jenny Durkan originally proposed, with minor changes.
Continue reading Seattle City Council $6 Billion Budget Reflects Incremental Change
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 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 Susan Fried
Thousands of people lined the streets around Seattle Center for a parade and filled Key Arena for a rally Sunday, September 16, for the WNBA Champion Seattle Storm. The team traveled a short distance around the Seattle Center in trolley cars to the Key Arena, where they were greeted by the adoring fans and a few dignitaries including Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, and Washington Senator Maria Cantwell. Six-thousand people filled Key Arena and heard from the players and owners, watched highlights from the season, and cheered wildly when veteran Sue Bird said that she would be back next year for her 17th season.
Continue reading Photos: Storm Fans Celebrate Third WNBA Title
by Brett Hamil, Op-Ed Columnist
You ever repeat a word so many times it loses all meaning? That’s what Seattle did with “progressive.” After this current election cycle I never want to hear it again. We’re the fourth wealthiest US city with the third highest homeless population, located in the most regressively taxed state in the nation. Continue reading Proposing a Moratorium on “Progressive”