Tag Archives: Jenny Durkan

OPINION: Beware the Bootleg Rolex (A Response to Mayor Durkan’s $100 Million Proposal for BIPOC Communities)

by Sean Goode


When I was 16 years old, I bought a fake Rolex. I remember the evening clearly: the gas station where I was, the man who approached, and the $50 I gave him in exchange for what I thought was a priceless timepiece. I also remember the shame I felt when I brought it to the jeweler, who, much to their credit, held back a smile as they saw the disappointment on my face when they told me it wasn’t real. I desperately wanted to believe that the watch was real and the story that man told me was true. 

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Seattle City Council Overrides Mayor’s 2020 Budget Veto, Leaving In Place Cuts to SPD and Navigation Team

by Erica C. Barnett


On Tuesday evening, The Seattle City Council voted 7-2 to override Mayor Jenny Durkan’s veto of the 2020 midyear “rebalancing” budget package they adopted in August, setting the stage for a showdown with the mayor in the upcoming 2021 budget discussions, which kick off formally next Tuesday. 

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SEED Seattle’s Lance Randall Running for Mayor Against Incumbent Durkan in 2021

by Carolyn Bick


Lance Randall, a South Seattleite who currently serves as SEED Seattle’s Director of Economic Development and Interim Executive Director, has thrown his hat into the ring to run for mayor against incumbent Mayor Jenny Durkan in 2021.

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After Vetoing City Council Budget, Durkan Addresses Uptick in Gun Violence at Press Conference

by Paul Faruq Kiefer

In a Friday afternoon press conference, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan pivoted from an explanation of her veto of the City Council’s midyear budget rebalancing package to address an ongoing rise in gun violence in both Seattle and King County. To explain the scale of that rise, Durkan pointed to a 55% increase in the number of shots-fired incidents since June 1 in Seattle as compared to the same period last year (an increase from 75 to 116). “These incidents have resulted in 33 injuries and 6 deaths,” Durkan added. “That cannot continue.” Continue reading After Vetoing City Council Budget, Durkan Addresses Uptick in Gun Violence at Press Conference

Fight for Fair Pay for Uber and Lyft Drivers Continues as Drivers Remain at the Frontline of Pandemic

by Elizabeth Turnbull


This year, public focus on Uber and Lyft drivers has shifted to their role in providing essential transportation during the global pandemic. In that regard, Mayor Jenny Durkan’s announcement last week, where she will transmit legislation to the City Council which would raise the minimum wage for rideshare drivers, is the most recent move in a nuanced fight for better wages. Continue reading Fight for Fair Pay for Uber and Lyft Drivers Continues as Drivers Remain at the Frontline of Pandemic

King County Equity Now and Decriminalize Seattle Coalitions Direct New Demand to Durkan

by Elizabeth Turnbull


On Friday the King County Equity Now and Decriminalize Seattle coalitions demanded that the funds from Mayor Durkan’s commitment to channel $100 million dollars of the city’s 2021 budget to BIPOC communities, go through a participatory budget process to ensure BIPOC communities control where this money goes. Continue reading King County Equity Now and Decriminalize Seattle Coalitions Direct New Demand to Durkan

Here’s What’s Going On With the Mayoral Recall Election Fight — Without All the Legalese

by Carolyn Bick


In early June, Grace Harvey’s doctor ordered them to leave their house for several days. It wasn’t because their normal living conditions were unhealthy. It was because a significant amount of the tear gas Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers used against protestors on Capitol Hill had leaked into their house, and Harvey has pre-existing medical conditions.

“And it was like, ‘Okay, thank you for that input, but I can’t leave my house indefinitely,’” Harvey said with a laugh.

Still, Harvey did as they were asked and ended up staying elsewhere for two days. But they also decided enough was enough and started a Change.org petition to gauge the public’s interest in a recall election for current Seattle mayor, Jenny Durkan. That petition has since snowballed, and Harvey has become the Chair of the Recall Durkan campaign, whose name is as deceptively simple as its overall goal: to hold a recall election for Durkan. 

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Police Chief Carmen Best Explains Her Decision To Resign; Durkan Says No Search For Replacement This Year

By Paul Faruq Kiefer

(This article originally appeared on The C is for Crank and has been reprinted under an agreement)

In a press conference Tuesday morning that she insisted was not “a wake,” Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said she is stepping down on September 2 because, in her words, “When it’s time, it’s time.” Continue reading Police Chief Carmen Best Explains Her Decision To Resign; Durkan Says No Search For Replacement This Year

City Council Approves Blueprint for Defunding SPD. But Durkan Isn’t On Board

by Erica C. Barnett


The city council’s budget committee approved a package of cuts Wednesday to the Seattle Police Department (SPD) budget that would reduce the department’s size by about $3 million, representing around 100 positions, this year; remove police from the Navigation Team, which removes unauthorized homeless encampments; and start the city on a path to funding new approaches to public safety that don’t involve armed officers. Most of the proposals aren’t direct budget cuts—which the mayor could simply ignore—but budget provisos, which bar the executive branch from spending money in a way other than how the council prescribes. Continue reading City Council Approves Blueprint for Defunding SPD. But Durkan Isn’t On Board

Federal Agents Confirmed in Seattle — But No One Knows Where

by Carolyn Bick


After several days’ worth of confusion, city officials today confirmed that federal agents are here in Seattle — but nobody seems to know exactly where they are, or what they are planning to do.

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