City Hall

Council Puts Off Microhousing Decision

A council committee puts off a decision on microhousing regulations to give stakeholders more time to weigh in.

06/03/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

Afternoon Jolt

Monday Jolt: Council Passes Highest Minimum Wage in Nation

Over alternating choruses of boos and cheers, the city council passes legislation creating a path toward a $15 minimum wage—the highest in the country.

06/02/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Committee Unanimously Passes Murray Minimum Wage Proposal

A city council committee unanimously approved a compromise version of a $15 minimum wage proposal today with minor amendments; the "yes" vote included 15Now backer Kshama Sawant.

05/29/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Small Lot Amendments Likely to Include Shorter Houses, Larger Lot Requirements

Small-lot development legislation, on the city council agenda Monday, will likely include several amendments that are anathema to proponents of single-family infill development.

05/16/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Extra Fizz: A Minimum Wage Love-Fest?

Mayor Ed Murray predicts "at least five [council] cosponsors" for his minimum-wage proposal.

05/09/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Public Campaign Financing Back on Table

City council takes up public campaign financing again after a close loss in last year's election.

05/07/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

CIty Hall

Council Committee Passes Small-Lot Compromise

The council's land-use committee passes an amended version of controversial, and complicated, legislation restricting development on "undersized" single-family lots.

05/06/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Council Takes Up Murray's Minimum-Wage Proposal

The city council gets a first bite at the minimum wage proposal Mayor Murray announced last week.

05/05/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Share Your Data This Time

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring vulgar attacks, more candidates, more time, and second chances.

04/18/2014 By Morning Fizz


Seattle City Council Common Denominator: Smothering Urban Innovation

There's a connection between the council's antipathy toward alternative transportation and alternative housing.

04/15/2014 By Roger Valdez


PubliCalendar: Addiction Inc., Little City Hall, and Youth Speaks Seattle

Today's picks for civic nerds.

04/10/2014 By Genie Leslie

City Hall

Council Wants "Verifiable" Uber, Lyft Numbers Before Approving Rideshare Bill

City council members say they want solid numbers from ridesharing services before they pass new rules allowing them to legally compete with taxis.

03/10/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Murray: "I Can Support a Reasonable Cap" on Companies like Uber and Lyft

Mayor Ed Murray says that although he's opposed to any caps on ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft in general, he supports a council compromise that limits the number of cars on the road at any one time.

03/05/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

Power Lines

Mike O’Brien Rising

Mike O’Brien, the longtime ally of former mayor Mike McGinn, is poised to set his own course on the Seattle City Council.

02/24/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

One Question

One Question for Mike O'Brien on Incentive Zoning

Mike O'Brien says the new data suggest it's time to "reevaluate" incentive zoning, but maintains that the anecdotes he hears tell a different story.

02/18/2014 By Josh Feit


Isn't it Weird That: Incentive Zoning Edition

A weird thing we've noticed about the city's incentive zoning policy to spur affordable housing.

02/17/2014 By Josh Feit

City Hall

Uber Fizz: Supporters and For-Hire Drivers Respond to Ridesharing Legislation

Uber supporters and for-hire drivers respond to ridesharing legislation.

02/10/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Sawant Creates "Solidarity Fund" to Give Away Two-Thirds of Council Earnings

City council member Kshama Sawant plans to create a "solidarity fund" to donate two-thirds of her salary to social justice causes.

01/27/2014 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: A Defiant Tweet

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring district elections, teacher evaluations, and a defiant tweet.

01/16/2014 By Morning Fizz