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Hyperlocal community councils pack a lot of power

Gatekeepers or defenders?The Seattle Design Review Boards have come under similar scrutiny. Some in the housing world blame them for stopping or slowing the construction of new homes rather than encouraging good design,...

Gov. Inslee won't lift WA's vaccine mandate for state employees yet

Case numbers have been climbing again in some parts of the state, but hospitalization and fatality rates are not increasing at the same rates. Inslee maintained that Washington’s approach to the pandemic...

Poll: Seattle voters split on Mayor Harrell’s performance so far

The issue of homelessness was the criterion most used to evaluate the new mayor. More than a third of those encouraged by his performance (36%) cited Harrell’s focus on, or approach to,...

Transit users 18 and younger ride free under new WA program

But about half of the money comes with a specific condition attached: Transit agencies must let people 18 and under board buses and trains  free.Agencies that adopt a zero-fare-for-youth policy by Oct....

How to make manufacturers more responsible for plastics recycling

The path to becoming a lawIt often takes several years to create a complex program like an EPR through legislation, says Heather Trim, executive director of Zero Waste Washington, a nonprofit that...

How salary transparency could impact the job hunt in Washington state

Limitations of the new lawBeckett said the new rule is overly controlling of businesses, which he claims often don’t know what salary or benefits they should offer until they start vetting a...

A foster system paradox: Parents billed for care of their children

For Jeremiah Donier, the 14 months that his child spent in foster care resulted in a bill of nearly $5,000 and led him to file for bankruptcy, he said.Donier was a first-time...

WA wants to capture the natural gas leaking from landfills

“Methane stays in place for 10 years instead of 100 years, but it has 100 times the impact of carbon emissions,” state Rep. Davina Duerr, D-Bothell, said at a Jan. 10 hearing...

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