Politics and Government

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Bellevue Council Update: Supporting Retail, Fostering Cross-Cultural Connections, and Rules on Remote Participation

Bellevue is continuing the trend of Eastside cities analyzing their retail sectors, and their City Council is doing so without enacting a development moratorium....

Council Committee Greenlights $1 Million Aimed at Luring More Police Officers to Seattle

Yesterday, the Seattle City Council's public safety committee voted unanimously to advance a bill releasing $1 million in Seattle Police Department (SPD) salary savings...
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Councilmembers Spar Over Police Staffing Incentives, Poll Shows Broad Support for Addressing Root Causes...

Councilmember Sara Nelson was on the warpath during the Seattle City Council's weekly briefing Monday, seeking to outmaneuver Public Safety Chair Lisa Herbold to...
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Bellevue Council Update: An Important Restart for Wilburton Transit Oriented Development Planning

With a unanimous vote on Monday evening, Bellevue City Council directed staff to initiate the planning process for a massive rezone of the Wilburton...

Bellevue Council Update: Supporting Further Affordable Housing Actions and Multimodal Transportation

After a lengthy update on the state legislative session and an overview of the city's federal legislative priorities, discussions at Bellevue's City Council meeting...
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U.S. Voting Systems Should — And Can — Better Reflect Diversity in Representation

In 1776, John Adams wrote that a "representative assembly... should be in miniature an exact portrait of the people at large. It should think,...

Bellevue Council Postpones Annual Retreat Delaying Valuable Planning Work

At the end of last Monday's Bellevue City Council meeting, Mayor Lynne Robinson announced the cancellation of the following week's regularly-scheduled meeting. This was...

The Urbanist Podcast: 2022 Legislature Wrap Up

A 60-day legislative session might seem like a ridiculously short period of time to get governing done for the eighth largest economy in the...