Policy Wonk

What Should We Make of the UW Minimum Wage Study?

UW researcher Jacob Vigdor responds to criticisms of his team's analysis.

5:38pm By Hayat Norimine

Police Accountability

5 Questions Unanswered About the Shooting of Charleena Lyles

Here's how officers are already supposed to handle mental health crises.

06/23/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Landlords Are Now Required to Provide Voter Registration Info

Renters are far less likely to have voted if they've lived in their homes for less than a year.

06/19/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Police Accountability

Black Mother Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting

Social justice activists around the world responded to Charleena Lyles's death.

06/19/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

8 Questions Answered About Seattle's Proposed Income Tax

Understanding the city's proposed income tax.

06/16/2017 Photography by Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Council Approves Using $2.3 Million for New School Bus System

Seattle public schools this year will switch to a two-tier bus system.

06/14/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

City Releases Its Income Tax Proposal

The council will hold a public hearing Wednesday morning.

06/13/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Seattle City Council Wants Puget Sound Energy to Stop Using Coal-Fired Facility

A resolution sponsored by Mike O'Brien upholds the Paris climate accord goals and takes it a few steps further.

06/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Attorney's Office

Judge Rules in Favor of City, Upholds Seattle Hotel Workers' Rights in Lawsuit

Initiative 124 will remain intact.

06/09/2017 By Hayat Norimine

News Roundup

Week in Review: KeyArena, Driverless Cars, and Comey Testimony

A wrap-up of this week's news in politics.

06/09/2017 By Liz Weber

City Hall

Council Bill Would Give Schools $2.3 Million for Two-Tier Bus System

The legislation is up for a vote on Monday.

06/09/2017 By Hayat Norimine

KeyArena

5 Questions Answered About the KeyArena Proposal

The mayor picked the Los Angeles-based Oak View Group to renovate the stadium in the hopes of bringing NHL or NBA teams to Seattle.

06/07/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

City Is Proposing Changes on Inspection Program for Rental Units

The ordinance would require private inspectors to submit failed inspection results to the city.

06/07/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Mandatory Affordable Housing Bill for International District Moves Toward Council Vote

The council vote is slated for July 17 after the legislation was passed out of committee Tuesday.

06/06/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

City Council Approves Soda Tax

Mayor Ed Murray will be signing the ordinance into law on Tuesday.

06/05/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Council Members Divided on Endorsements for Mayor

Mike O'Brien contributed $250 to both Nikkita Oliver and Cary Moon, their campaigns said.

06/05/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Soda Tax Bill Now Excludes Diet Drinks

Lisa Herbold's controversial package of amendments would've put diet soda back in the mix, reduced the tax to 1 cent per ounce, and still raised more money.

05/31/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Attorney's Office

Landlords Sue City Over Restrictions on Move-In Fees

RHA officials argue the council's ordinance is reducing options for affordable housing.

05/31/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Council Passes Bill That Gives Youth Jail Opponents Another Chance to Appeal

Council member Mike O'Brien said the change just allows the project to be appealed, as council members always intended.

05/30/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Seattle Police Discuss Uptick in Gun Violence After Alki Shooting

The briefing to council members was scheduled the morning after a 23-year-old man was fatally shot at Alki Beach.

05/25/2017 By Hayat Norimine