Saturday, 24 October, 2020
The veto overrides preserve $17 million for community safety programs, $3 million for participatory budgeting, and budget provisos intended to trim 100 positions from the Seattle Police Department (SPD). The Seattle City Council rebuked...
Dear Seattle City Councilmembers, The Urbanist implores you to do the right thing, hold the line, and take an important step toward racial justice. The straightest path to those goals starts with overriding Mayor...
Dear Councilmembers, My name is Andrew Grant Houston and I am a queer architect of color, urban designer, housing activist, and serve as a board member for both the Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council as...
I woke up coughing this weekend--no, not from Covid-19--from wildfire smoke that’s settled on Seattle like a clammy yellow shroud. Last Friday was a better day because all five members of the Seattle City...
Former Mayor Mike McGinn contends Monitor Merrick Bobb's top-down approach doomed Seattle's police reform efforts from the start--long before SPD's recent fall from grace over its violent response to protests. "The SPD is at...
As Seattle pored over its police department budget this year, one thing that stuck out like a sore thumb was $30 million in planned overtime worked into the department's $409 million budget. A City Auditor report revealed...
Mayor Jenny Durkan again reached for her veto pen today, nixing the entire rebalancing package passed on August 10th. The Seattle City Council was scheduled to go into recess soon, but it looks like they'll need to...
For the last few years, and in the run up to the November election, American cities led by Democratic councils and mayors have seen an increase in claims they are "too far left"--as if there was either...