The C Is for Crank

Don't Kill Ridesharing Innovators to Protect Taxi Industry

The city council is poised to adopt new rules that could put ridesharing companies out of business. Here's why they shouldn't.

12/18/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: K–12 Funding is Already an Issue

Caffeinated news and gossip featuring pot, routine appointments, controversial appointments and budgets.

12/17/2013 By Morning Fizz

City Hall

Monday Mush

A happy couple, and a sad goodbye, in Seattle City Council chambers.

12/16/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Council's Taxi Committee Considers Legislation to Restrict Ridesharing

The city council's taxi committee considered legislation today that would restrict ridesharing companies to 100 cars, and drivers to 16 hours a week.

12/13/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Future Salaries

Caffeinated news and gossip featuring pay, zoning, consensus, and homemade biscotti.

12/10/2013 By Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: "However, If Corporate Resistance Results in the Ordinance Getting Watered Down..."

Caffeinated news and gossip: raising the minimum wage, taking out Rodney Tom, and making it easier for police.

12/05/2013 By Morning Fizz

Election 2013

Sawant Claims "Blow" To Conlin Campaign After Labor Vote

Socialist challenger Sawant touts a favorable vote by labor; incumbent Conlin's campaign accuses her of falsely implying a labor endorsement.

10/30/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Council—and their Advisors—Question McGinn's Downtown Spending Request

The city council, and its policy staff, continue to question the mayor's request for a big expansion of a plan to combat crime downtown.

10/25/2013 By Erica C. Barnett


Guest Op/Ed: Vote "Yes" on Public Campaign Financing

Former city council member Jim Street says: Vote "Yes" on Proposition 1, which would fund public financing for city council campaigns.

10/23/2013 By Jim Street

This Washington

Contrarian Wisdom

You're wrong about GMOs and the City Council.

10/21/2013 By Josh Feit

City Hall

Extra Fizz: Council Adopts Pot Rules

The city council adopts compromise rules for growing and selling pot; meanwhile, the state liquor control board meets tonight to discuss how it plans to regulate recreational marijuana now that it's legal.

10/08/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

City hall

Council Leans Toward Legalizing Ridesharing

The City Council leans toward taking a lenient approach toward legalizing and regulating ridesharing companies like Lyft and UberX.

09/27/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

One Question

One Question For the Taxi, Ride-Share, and For-Hire Industries

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH COMMENTS FROM LYFT.Is compromise possible in the car service debate?

09/05/2013 By Shirley Qiu

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Reportedly, Apparently, Supposedly, Maybe

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring local urgency, state discrepancy, and pot money.

08/30/2013 By Morning Fizz

City Hall

New Pot Rules: The Uncharted Territory of Brownies, Free Samples, and the "Hash Issue"

As the city prepares for legal recreational pot sales, plenty of questions remain.

07/08/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Tiny Apartments and Public Spaces: This Week in Urbanism

Tiny apartments and public spaces: The week in urbanism at City Hall.

06/24/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning FIzz

Morning Fizz: The Highest Bidder

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring: Developer dollars, missing lobbyists, a power couple, self-interest, and socialists.

04/05/2013 By Morning Fizz

City Hall

Public Campaign Finance Plan Is Moving Forward

The city's elections commission votes next week on a public campaign-finance recommendation to the council.

03/15/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

One Question

One Question About aPodments

One question about density and aPodments for city council member Sally Bagshaw.

03/08/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

City Could Put Moratorium on aPODments

City council member Tom Rasmussen may propose legislation that could halt development of so-called "aPODments," the modern version of boarding houses.

03/07/2013 By Erica C. Barnett