City Hall

Council Makes it Easier for Churches to Host Tent Cities

The city council passes legislation making it easier for religious institutions to host temporary homeless encampments on their property.

10/03/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


Licata v. Fox on $60 Car Tabs

It's populist lefty vs. populist lefty on the question of raising car-tab fees $60 to pay for transportation.

09/14/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Council Prepares to Pass Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Largely Intact

The city council prepares to pass an ordinance requiring paid sick leave that preserves most elements of the "compromise" proposal adopted in committee last month.

09/08/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Council Committee Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance; More Changes to Come

A council committee passes the paid sick leave ordinance, but still has questions about the details.

08/10/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Council Could Restore Funding for Controversial Public Defender

City council member Nick Licata has a proposal that could keep a sometimes-controversial public-defense firm on the city payroll.

06/15/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Competing Tunnel Measures on August Ballot?

Council member Nick Licata may propose two (or more) alternatives to the anti-tunnel referendum.

05/23/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


Council Agrees to Explore Alternatives to Mayor's Encampment Site

A city council committee voted unanimously today to spend at least the next several months coming up with alternatives to Mayor Mike McGinn's proposed site for a semi-permanent homeless encampment.

04/27/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


Council Will Consider Citywide Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

City council members will consider legislation later this spring that would mandate paid sick leave for all employees in Seattle.

04/25/2011 By Erica C. Barnett


Council Limits Pioneer Square Height Increases

An amendment proposed by city council member Nick Licata to limit height increases in Pioneer Square (some on the council wanted to increase heights to as much as 150 feet in some areas; Licata's proposal capped heights at 120 feet) passed with a surprisi

04/25/2011 By Afternoon Jolt

Morning Fizz

"The Governor Could Do That Tomorrow."

Thursday Edition: Seriously kids, this is a packed Fizz. We kinda want to nominate ourselves for a Morning Fizz Pulitzer for this one. McKenna on state employees; Licata on Chihuly; Carlyle on the "educational industrial complex;" Bagshaw on charter schoo

04/21/2011 By Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz

It's Nearly Impossible

Wednesday Edition: The city cracks down on garbage; the GOP cracks down on undocumented immigrants; Rob McKenna campaigns on campus; Nick Licata at One Pot; and more.

04/20/2011 By Morning Fizz

City Hall

Council's Budget Priorities List Shoots Down Mayor's Parking Tax

The city council adopts a budget priority list that includes one glaring omission: The mayor's proposal to increase the commercial parking tax.

08/13/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Cold Beer and Short Speeches

Friday fizz: Gov. Gregoire gets down; U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee gets mad; and Transportation Choices Coalition gets a new assignment.

08/06/2010 By Morning Fizz

City Hall

Anti-"Bodies" Legislation Moves Forward

A proposal that would ban for-profit exhibits of human remains, such as the controversial "Bodies" exhibit, passes out of a city council committee.

07/14/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Without Valid Written Authorization from the Deceased

Caffeinated News & Gossip, your daily Morning Fizz: Nick Licata on the Bodies Exhibition; Mayor McGinn on the gun ruling (kinda); Dino Rossi in D.C.; and the pot initiative—in trouble?

06/29/2010 By Morning Fizz