Seattle City Council

Seattle Council Approves Police Hiring Bonuses Topping Out at $30,000

The Seattle City Council has approved additional hiring bonuses for police officers aimed at boosting the Seattle Police Department's (SPD's) number of trained and...

Council Elects Juarez President, Swears In Nelson, Mostly Keeps Same Committee Assignments

Yesterday the Seattle City Council unanimously elected Debora Juarez as Council President after a unusually concerted and public campaign that included lobbying from Seattle...
Juarez speaks at a podium with a hockey jersey with the City Seal in the background.

Harrell, Seattle Times Lobby for Electing Juarez Council President

Next month the Seattle City Council will appoint a new Council President with the departure of Lorena González, who ran for mayor but lost....

Meetup Video: September 2021 Meetup with Nikkita Oliver

https://youtu.be/z7X3jF0Ydp8 Seattle City Council candidate Nikkita Oliver joined The Urbanist for the September monthly meetup. During the meeting, Oliver discussed wide-ranging priorities that they would...
A map shows the district boundaries: District 1 is West Seattle, District 2 is Southeast Seattle, District 3 is the Central Area, District 4 is Northeast Seattle, District 5 is North Seattle, District 6 is Northwest Seattle, and District 7 is Magnolia, Queen Anne and the downtown core.

2020 Census Includes Some Surprises for Seattle Council District Redistricting

Ahead of the 2023 election, the seven Seattle City Council districts are set to be redrawn using 2020 U.S. Census figures to rebalance each...
Nikkita is a Black woman. She wears rainbow hoop earrings. her curly hair to the side, and a big smile.

Nikkita Oliver Is Our Urbanist Meetup Guest on September 14th

Nikkita Oliver is our featured guest at The Urbanist's monthly meetup on September 14th. Oliver (they/them) is a community organizer, cultural worker, artist, attorney,...

Progressive Trend Emerging in Late Primary Election Returns

Primary results have been a Rorschach test for pundits, with moderates divining a moderate resurgence and lefties seeing progressives well-positioned. Late returns have strongly...
Bruce Harrell sits at a desk signing some orders at City Hall with a dozen supporters looking on.

Centrists Turn to Old Formula: Crime Fears and More Money for Cops

The progressive wing of Seattle politics is having a vigorous debate about the future of the city with plenty of new policy ideas bouncing...