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Rent control, revisited

In early 2019 I wrote an article reviewing the research on rent control. At the time, Councilmember Sawant was making a push at trying to...

Council hears update on scooter-share pilot program; SDOT puts lipstick on a pig

Wednesday morning the City Council transportation committee received an update from SDOT on the first year of its scooter-share pilot program. With the department’s relentless...

As budget process draws to conclusion, fight over SPD budget becomes open (memo) warfare

Call it the “War of the Memos.” Rather than actually get in a room and talk, the stakeholders in the debate over SPD’s 2022 budget...

Understanding the NICJR report

Given the frequency in which the NICJR report is citing in City Hall and Seattle political circles, you would be forgiven if you thought that...

Monday election update: it’s over

With this afternoon’s drop of updated election results from King County Elections, the results of all four Seattle city-wide races are definitive: the winners are...

End of week City of Seattle election recap

Here’s where the four Seattle City Hall election races (Mayor, City Attorney, and two City Council positions) stand as King County Elections resumes counting ballots...

Council proposes amendments to 2022 city budget

Last week the City Council collectively offered 190 separate potential amendments to the Mayor’s proposed 2022 city budget, then spend 18 hours over three days...

Understanding the Mayor’s Proposed Budget: SPD

In the last installment of this series on the Mayor’s proposed budget, we present a deep dive on the Seattle Police Department’s budget: a large,...

This week in Council Chambers: October 11-15, 2021

Budget deliberations continue; the Council has issues. There are no presentations or executive sessions scheduled for Monday morning’s Council Briefing. Monday afternoon’s full City Council...

Understanding the Mayor’s Proposed 2022 Budget, Part III: Expenses

This is the second in a series of articles drilling into the details of Mayor Durkan’s proposed 2022 budget. The first installment, looking at city...