Homelessness

Homeless Advocates Launch Campaign Against ‘Compassion Seattle’ Charter Amendment

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Recently on a cool May afternoon, a group of protestors gathered in Victor Steinbrueck Park brandishing signs that read "Sweeps Bring No Compassion" and...

Dow Constantine Makes Case for Fourth Term Built on Coalition Building Chops

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King County Executive Dow Constantine is seeking a fourth term. His campaign war chest is vast and slate of endorsements is impressive, but for...

Op-ed: How to Improve Compassion Seattle’s Charter Amendment

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Author’s Note: I eventually changed my mind and moved from the ambivalent support you see below to firm opposition. Two reasons were paramount: CA29’s use of...

Sunday Video: Skid Row, Explained

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https://youtu.be/rKo8Sv99MkM Los Angeles’ Skid Row was not an inevitability, it was a policy. Johnny Harris explains how this district of tragic poverty came to be....

Burgess Charter Amendment Would Swipe Revenue and Credit for Payroll Tax He Opposed

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Former Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess is back with a charter amendment setting a host of new mandates around homelessness, none of them funded...
A row of skyscrapers behind a row of trees at a Bellevue park.

A Perspective from the City Across the Lake

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It was fitting for my first full day in the Pacific Northwest to start off with a cold and rainy January morning. As I...

Coalition Urges Mayor to Extend the Eviction Moratorium

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At month's end, the eviction moratorium is scheduled to expire, which would put thousands of tenants at risk. A broad coalition spearheaded by the...
Mayor Durkan with Ferris wheel and Seattle waterfront in background

Durkan Is Botching Homelessness Policy and Blaming Journalists for the News

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“My constituents are mad. All of Seattle is mad, and to be honest, I’m mad too," Councilmember Tammy Morales said in a statement Friday....