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Ballot Measures

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CA 29 is over, but the debate over how to end homelessness is not A three-judge panel from the Washington State Court of Appeals has declined a stay request from the campaign for "Compassion Seattle" City Charter Amendment 29 (CA29) that would have blocked King County Superior Court Judge Catherine...
Seattle voters wait for a judicial decision that will determine if the controversial city charter amendment critics call an unfunded mandate masquerading as a homelessness solution will appear on the November ballot. In a recent mass email calling for donations, campaigners for the Compassion Seattle city charter amendment (CA29)...
Senior Paster Robert Jeffrey Sr. stands with Councilmember Sawant and three supporters in the background at a press conference calling for reparations for New Hope church.
Update: Since this article was initially published, Councilmember Kshama Sawant has formally submitted a resolution calling on the City to "support community demands to fund quality affordable social housing to prevent and reverse displacement" and "urge the Office of Housing to fund the affordable housing project proposed by New...
https://youtu.be/To8PwGTMBoY Marijuana legalization and drug decriminalization took a big leap forward this year. Arrests and prosecution of drug possession and sale has been disproportionate, but decriminalization can go a long way to undoing this paradigm. So far, politicians have not caught up with public opinion, Vox explains.
I. Those Left Out: Skyway and Bryn Mawr It is budget season. Throughout Washington, cities are creating budgets that reflect the dual impacts of pandemic and economic recession. Tax revenue is down. Rainy day funds are depleted. Community groups are applying important pressure to reconsider how we spend our tax...
Riders board the RapidRide E, which gets a big boost from the STBD, on Third Avenue in Downtown Seattle. (Photo by Doug Trumm)
The Seattle City Council will decide the fate of the Seattle Transportation Benefit District (STBD) on July 27th. The Urbanist has partnered with Seattle Subway in a letter-writing campaign urging the City Council to support Councilmember Tammy Morales' amendment doubling the size of the STBD renewal measure. Without Morales'...
King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci announced yesterday that the County would not be advancing plans to run a transit package ballot measure in August. Since the measure was to be funded by a 0.2% sales tax, there was a fear it would exacerbate economic hardship from the novel...
The King County Council unveiled some transit investment concepts for a countywide ballot measure at its full council meeting yesterday. The measure could jumpstart King County Metro's efforts to electrify its fleet or it could focus on expanding conventional transit service. Either way, at $160 million per year, it...