Clipboard Caucus

More than 30 proposed initiatives have been filed with the Secretary of State’s office, and each will need at least 241,153 voter signatures by early July to qualify for the November ballot. That means you can expect a spring and summer invasion of clipbo



The Quote: Locals Only

Mayor Mike McGinn on Seattle police during his annual State of the City address, February 22, 2011



Close But No Cigar Lounge

Two initiatives, Senate bill 5542 and House bill 1683, propose the return of the smoking room to Washington State. We sit down with supporters, like El Gaucho owner Paul Mackay, and opponents.

03/14/2011 By Jessica Voelker



Are Seattle City Light’s metal streetlight poles a danger to you (and your dog)?



Streetcars Paved with Gold

Local transit mavens make a last-ditch plea to Mayor Mike McGinn and the City Council for faster trolleys, not pricey streetcars, on First Hill.

01/14/2011 By Eric Scigliano


The Year of Constabulary Beating

Seattle police violence by the numbers.



Trolley Folly

If Metro scraps the clean, quiet trolleys Seattle loves, they may not save as much money as they hope.

12/13/2010 By Eric Scigliano


The Holdout

Mayor Mike McGinn and the city council flex their political muscles. But can’t they all just get along?

11/19/2010 By Eric Scigliano


The New Bids on the Block

Seattle parking by the numbers.



Do You Have Tunnel Vision?

The state’s plan to replace the crumbling Alaskan Way Viaduct with a deep-bore tunnel has been as difficult to follow as driving on the elevated highway without imagining it collapsing beneath you. Take Seattle Met’s handy tunnel test to see if you’re s

10/11/2010 By Matthew Halverson


Let Your Fingers Do the Talking

Council member Mike O’Brien wages war on the Yellow Pages.


Past Lives

Riding High

Engineers, politicians, and business owners have anguished for years over how to juggle tearing down the old waterfront viaduct and building whatever we wind up putting in its place—and how much of the waterfront will be shut down as a result. Their count

09/15/2010 By Eric Scigliano


I Wanna Inhale

Initiative 1068 to legalize marijuana may have gone up in smoke…but its whiff lingers on.

09/15/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Seattle Voter’s Crib Sheet

Boozy Ballot Initiatives

Liquor privatization initiatives 1100 and 1105 will appear on the ballot. If one (or both) passes, it will forever alter how liquor is made, moved, and sold here. Let’s look at the nitty-gritty.

09/14/2010 By Jessica Voelker


Escalation Clause

A Queen Anne jaywalking stop involving Seattle Police Officer Daniel Amador and 17-year-old Joe Wilson turns violent. Have Seattle police forgotten how to put on the breaks? Does the SPD need a refresher course in de-escalation?

08/18/2010 By Eric Scigliano


Dysfunction Junction

City studies, pedestrian advocates, and roadway experts all note a slew of hazards for the foot-bound at the junction of Rainier Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

07/21/2010 By Eric Scigliano


Whose Bridge Is It Anyway?

The closure of the deteriorating South Park Bridge could be just the beginning of our infrastructure challenges.

07/21/2010 By Eric Scigliano


The L Word

In the race to oust three-term U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Dino Rossi is toast. Again.

07/20/2010 By James Ross Gardner


Give It Away Now

What Bill Gates’s and Warren Buffet’s challenge to other American billionaires—give away half of all your money!—could mean in the fight against global poverty.



Troubled Bridges Over Water

A look at the transformations the Aurora, 520, and South Park bridges and Alaskan Way Viaduct will undergo in 2010.