The City

After the Inauguration

A quick comedown after an inspiring inauguration.

01/07/2014 By Josh Feit

City Hall

The Brave New World of Pot Enforcement

Pot laws collide: Pot smoking in public is the city's "lowest law-enforcement priority." It's also now explicitly illegal under I-502. Here's how both laws might play out in Seattle.

12/10/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

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


Thursday Jolt: Police Union Endorses Murray for Mayor

Seattle Police Officer's Guild joins firefighters by endorsing this year's challenger.

09/19/2013 By Josh Feit

City Hall

Survey Says: Whites, Asians Trust Seattle Cops; African Americans, Latinos: Not So Much

A new survey concludes that while whites and Asian Americans generally trust the Seattle police, African Americans and Latinos are more cautious.

09/19/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

"Surprised and Dismayed" City Attorney Rejects SPD Request to Prosecute Repeat Downtown Offenders

Declaring himself "surprised and dismayed" by an SPD official's statements, City Attorney Pete Holmes says he won't issue a blanket crackdown on 28 repeat nuisance-law offenders downtown.

08/21/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

The C Is for Crank

Last Night

On SPD, the May Day protest, and getting pepper sprayed.

05/02/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Already Under Consent Decree

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring flash cards and flash bombs.

05/02/2013 By Morning Fizz


Late Night Fizz: May Day Protests

Caffeinated News

05/01/2013 By Josh Feit

City Hall

Interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel: "How We Got Here, How I Feel About It, Doesn't Matter."

PubliCola sits down with interim Seattle police chief Jim Pugel, who will take over when current chief John Diaz steps down at the end of May.

04/11/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Afternoon Jolt

Afternoon Jolt: Mayoral Candidates Respond to Diaz News

Candidate statements on Diaz tell us a great deal about the race to come.

04/08/2013 By Josh Feit

City Hall

Police Chief John Diaz Stepping Down

Embattled SPD Chief John Diaz announces that he's stepping down.

04/08/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Afternoon Jolt

Tuesday Jolt: Gun Control, SPD Reform

The day's winners and losers.

03/05/2013 By Afternoon Jolt

Afteroon Jolt

Afternoon Jolt: Burgess Says SPD Chief Diaz Should Go

The day's winners and losers.

01/15/2013 By Afternoon Jolt


McGinn, Council, and City Attorney Spar over DOJ Monitor Selection

Mayor Mike McGinn responds to criticisms from city council members and the city attorney over statements he made yesterday about one of the DOJ's three candidates to monitor the department.

10/18/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


As Downtown Group Requests More Cops, Records Request Shows Rise in Crime Downtown

As the Downtown Seattle Association asks city council members to fund more officers downtown, a PubliCola records request shows a rise in criminal incidents in the neighborhood.

10/11/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Council Public Safety Chair: McGinn's Decision Not to Fund Body Cameras Political, Not Legal

City council public-safety chair Bruce Harrell says that, contrary to what the mayor's budget office claims, there is no law prohibiting the city from funding his body-mounted cop camera proposal.

10/04/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

On Other Blogs

On Other Blogs Today: Koster Profiled, Kelley Challenged

Our daily roundup.

10/02/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


City, DOJ Announce Police Accountability Plan

McGinn and DOJ agree on major police accountability reform.

07/27/2012 By Sarah Gambles