Monday, 15 July, 2019

Ben Crowther

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Ben is a Seattle area native, living with his husband downtown since 2013. He started in queer grassroots organizing in 2009 and quickly developed a love for all things political and wonky. When he’s not reading news articles, he can be found excitedly pointing out new buses or prime plots for redevelopment to his uninterested friends who really just want to get to dinner. Serving as the Policy and Legislative Affairs Director, Ben primarily writes about political issues.
Last week I spoke with Alex Lark, a candidate for Everett City Council, Position 2. Alex serves on the Everett Planning Commission and in the United States Army Reserve, and works full-time as Philanthropy Manager for Housing Hope, a local affordable housing non-profit. He's challenging Jeff Moore, a two-term incumbent,...
Sound Transit recently announced that they will extend Link light rail service on the 4th of July until 2am, an hour later than normal. This marks the first time the transit agency has extended service on the holiday since light rail opened in 2009. The last train departures from Angle...
This is your semi-annual reminder to register to vote by July 3rd to vote in the August 1st Primary Election. How Can I Register? Glad you asked! You can register online or by mail (print-outs available in 19 languages) by July 3rd. Miss that deadline? Have no fear. You can register in-person at...
Immigrants and refugees have been in the spotlight recently as targets of President Donald Trump and the so-called "alt-right" (i.e., white supremacists). From the beginning of his campaign to his first days in office, Trump has framed immigrants and refugees as threats to the health, safety, and well-being of...
On New Years Eve, Seattle transit service stood out as exceptional among major North American metros, but for the wrong reasons. Unlike our peers in San Francisco, Portland, and Vancouver, transit service was not extended beyond 1am to serve the crowds of inebriated partiers. Sound Transit received widespread condemnation for the...
Sound Transit leadership announced a new policy, Monday, in response to service disruptions during Saturday's protests at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Any disruptions must now be reviewed by senior leadership. The decision came on the heels of public outcry during an approximately 30-minute service disruption that left riders headed for SeaTac/Airport Station...
In light of tonight’s events, The Urbanist Board of Directors has released the following statement: “Tonight we want to make clear our unequivocal opposition to President Donald Trump’s travel ban. As we saw, this ban came with disastrous consequences, disrupting the lives of hundreds of legal immigrants and refugees, largely...
Below are the results for the 2016 General Election for Washington State as of November 10th. Current leaders will be in bold. Endorsed candidates/positions will have an (e) next to them. Measures State I-1433 (Minimum Wage): Yes (e) 58.40%, No 41.60% I-1464 (Campaign Finance): Yes 46.69%, No 53.31% I-1491 (Risk Protection Orders): Yes (e) 70.33%, No 29.67% I-1501 (Seniors): Yes 71.04%, No 28.96% I-732...