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Police and Public Safety

WALeg Wednesday: Saldaña Drops Bill to End Jaywalking

More housing bills queued up in Week 2 Welcome to the second week of the Washington State Legislature 2023 Session. We have added two new...
Seattle City Hall sign and steps.

Nelson, Pedersen, and Sawant Dissent Ahead of Final Vote on Seattle Budget

The Seattle City Council has no room to spare as it approved the Seattle budget today in a 6-3 budget committee vote today. Councilmembers...
A light blue SPD police cruiser in a parking lot.

Public Safety Politics and the Even Election Reckoning

The votes have all been tallied and the red wave has officially folded in on itself, leaving even more blue shore than before in...

Harrell’s Anti-Graffiti Plan Sees $1.2 Million Cut But Council Leaves It Mostly Intact

Last month, Mayor Harrell unveiled his definitive anti-graffiti plan, with a focus on both graffiti removal and allowing artists to create legally. The mayor's...

Council Returns Parking Enforcement to SPD, Abrogates 80 Vacant Cop Positions

Facing pressure from the Harrell administration, the Seattle City Council voted to move parking enforcement back to the Seattle Police Department (SPD) after a...
Police were out in force to barricade onlookers from a sweep of Weller Street in the CID. (Photo by Enrico Doan)

Policing Will Never Solve Homelessness, Housing Will

Even headed into a recession, the Unified Care Team budget for police-assisted homeless sweeps keeps growing. By the end of 2022, the City of Seattle...

Dear Council: Make Safe Streets a Priority and Keep Parking Enforcement In SDOT

Seattle is nearing its final 2023-2024 budget and some big decisions are still in flux. The Mayor’s budget puts parking enforcement back in the...

Chair Mosqueda Announces ‘Delicately’ Balanced City Budget Package

Council actions rearrange Mayor’s budget proposal based on short term coverage from JumpStart tax. Seattle’s budget season is moving into its final stages as Budget...