by Jack Russillo
Blocks away from where he was raised in the Central District, beside the high school where he was valedictorian and earned a football scholarship to the University of Washington, Bruce Harrell announced his campaign for mayor of Seattle.
Harrell, a former Seattle City Council president and longtime community leader, spoke to a small gathering of family members, supporters, and members of the media on Tuesday, March 16 as he made his announcement near the Medgar Evers Pool at Garfield High School.
“It seems very fitting that, during the coming of spring, when we think about a rebirth, a revitalization, a resurrection if you will, that’s when I announce my candidacy for mayor,” said Harrell at the press conference. “This is not the Seattle where I was born. This is not the Seattle where my Black grandparents came from to escape the Jim Crow laws of the South for opportunity and hope. This is not the Seattle where my Japanese parents left their small village in Kumamoto, Japan to seek refuge and build a community for themselves and engage in hope and love. This is not the Seattle that was the basis of their dreams … My candidacy is going to be about bringing about effective leaders and letting their brilliance shine.”
Continue reading Bruce Harrell, Former City Council President, Announces Campaign for Mayor
by Erica C. Barnett
(This article was originally published by PubliCola and has been reprinted under an agreement.)
On Monday, the director of the city’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS), Calvin Goings, and the city’s finance director, Glen Lee, signed a letter to the State Auditor’s Office (SAO) asking the auditor to expand the scope of its ongoing audit of the contract between the city’s Legislative Department and the Freedom Project, which served as the “fiscal agent” for a $3 million project to study participatory budgeting and alternatives to policing.
However, PubliCola’s reporting indicates that the letter was written not by Goings and Lee but by Mayor Jenny Durkan’s office — and that Goings and Lee were less than thrilled to sign their names to such a blatantly political series of requests and leading questions.
Continue reading Durkan Administration Asks State to Expand Scope of Audit Into City Council Contract
by Ari Robin McKenna
After a late-January in which three, high-volume shooting incidents in or near the Rainier Beach Safeway parking lot left almost 100 bullet casings scattered about — and fortunately no one injured or killed — there appears to be a broader sense of community purpose around preventing further gun violence.
Continue reading Rainier Beach Eyes Multifaceted Solutions to Ending Violence in the Safeway Parking Lot
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, and whereweconverge.com.
We’ll also post the Morning Update Show here on the Emerald each day after it airs, so you can catch up any time of day while you peruse our latest posts.
Morning Update Show — Friday, Feb. 5
LIVE —Lorena Gonzalez | LIVE — Sweeng One | Black History Every Day | #FeelGoodFriday | Week in Review
Continue reading The Morning Update Show — 2/5/21
by Marcus Harrison Green and Maggie Mertens
Before Lorena González was a Seattle City Councilmember, or a civil rights attorney, she was the daughter of migrant farmworkers in central Washington. Next, she hopes to be Seattle’s mayor.
On Wednesday morning, González, a first-generation American, officially announced her run for the position of the city’s top elected official.
Continue reading Pledging a “Pathway to Shared Prosperity,” Seattle Councilmember Lorena González Announces Run for Mayor
by Erica C. Barnett
Last week, the Seattle City Council quietly adopted legislation that will have far-reaching implications for groups that mobilize ordinary people to lobby the mayor, city council, and other city officials.
The bill, proposed by the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC) and shepherded by council president Lorena González, will require so-called grassroots lobbyists to register with the city and disclose their contributions and expenditures.
Continue reading A Guide to Seattle’s New Lobbying Rules
by Elizabeth Turnbull
At the end of a demanding year responding to the COVID-19 crisis and overseeing controversial police tactics during to Black Lives Matter protests, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced on Dec. 7 that she will not seek re-election.
In several interviews and in a video announcing her decision, Durkan said her decision came down to a choice: Run a successful re-election campaign or devote all her attention to being mayor in the final year of her term.
“I could spend the next year campaigning to keep this job or focus all my energy on doing the job,” Durkan said. “There was only one right choice for our city: Doing the job.”
To gauge how the South End feels about the mayor’s eventual departure, the Emerald spoke with local groups and community members about what the mayor’s decision means to them and their view for the city.
Continue reading South End Constituents React to Mayor Durkan’s Decision Not to Seek Re-election
by Erica C. Barnett
Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Monday that she will not run for reelection, making her Seattle’s third one-term mayor in a row, after Ed Murray and Mike McGinn.
Continue reading Durkan Won’t Run for Reelection
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Black and Indigenous People’s Artist Residencies
From the source (Seattle Print Arts and Editions Studio):
Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS GLEAMS: Black and Indigenous People’s Artist Residencies, WOC in WA State Politics Fireside Chat, & More …
Seattle Print Arts in partnership with Editions is offering year-long residencies to three artists, which will provide access for Black and Indigenous artists to create artists’ books, broadsides, posters, and other works on paper at Editions in Seattle, WA.
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.
Continue reading Seattle City Council Overrides Mayor’s 2020 Budget Veto, Leaving In Place Cuts to SPD and Navigation Team