City Hall

Head Tax Fails to Move Forward, For Now

Council members will have to address a $13 million budget shortfall without the tax and reconvene Wednesday morning.

11/14/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

Council Members Hold Heated Discussion on Head Tax

"That is never the discourse when it's everyday people's money, and it always seems to be the discourse when we talk about business."

10/26/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

O'Brien, Harris-Talley Propose Head Tax on Big Businesses

The head tax makes another appearance—will it stick this time?

10/12/2017 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

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

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

Morning Fizz

The Homeless Encampment Debate 2.0, the Head Tax 2.0?, and Tim Burgess 4.0?

Murray is ready to propose new sanctioned encampment sites and Burgess was probably ready to retire, but...

12/01/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Picking Up More Council Support, Murray Set to Offer Homeless Encampment Guidelines of His Own

O'Brien ally Johnson tells constituents he's shifting away from O'Brien bill and toward Murray.

10/21/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

The Real Difference Between the Competing Homeless Encampment Proposals

Is the city making a credible offer of shelter and services to the homeless?

10/20/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

With 7 Council Members on His Side, Murray Reaches New Bargain on Original Developer Grand Bargain

Murray saves HALA, council delays Sawant legislation, and O'Brien caught in housing irony.

10/18/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

O'Brien Stands Up to Angry Crowd at Council Meeting

O'Brien defends rights of homeless as public anger over unsanctioned camping hits city hall.

10/17/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

The Trump Effect

Local conservatives cancel fundraiser for GOP candidate, local soccer club spreads disinformation about O'Brien's encampment legislation.

10/13/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

SDOT, Mayor Murray, Mike O'Brien, and Kshama Sawant Don't Get It

Capitol Hill Housing proposal gets cold shoulder from City Hall.

09/21/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Council Committee Greenlights Jungle Sweep, Cues Up Larger Fight Over Unsanctioned Encampments

Council committee votes 4-2 to sweep East Duwamish Greenbelt

09/15/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Obscure Hearing Could Determine Major Seattle Housing Issue

The Queen Anne Community Council challenges city's backyard cottage proposal.

09/02/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Queen Anne Emerges as Bulwark Against City's Development Goals

Queen Anne Community Council challenges zoning changes to single family zones.

08/29/2016 By Josh Feit

Guest Opinion

Why I'm Supporting Seattle's Housing Levy

Targeted spending on affordable housing.

07/28/2016 By Mike O'Brien

Morning Fizz

Surprise Testimony at City Hall: Please Tax Us

Airbnb hosts tell council to tax them rather than regulating them out of business.

06/16/2016 By Josh Feit