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Seattle Council approves police union contract with 23% pay bump

The previous SPOG contract expired in 2020, and the city and police union have been locked in protracted negotiations since. The contract ratified Tuesday is entirely retroactive, covering 2021-2023 to provide about...

Political heavy hitters criticize Mayor Harrell’s housing plan

The letter concerning the city’s Comprehensive Plan Update was spearheaded by the Complete Communities Coalition, which includes the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity’s Seattle-area chapter, the Housing Development Consortium,...

Three progressives take on Tanya Woo in Seattle City Council race

Friday, May 10, was the filing deadline for the race, and four candidates are running.Chinatown-International District activist and business owner Tanya Woo was appointed by the Council in January to temporarily fill...

Advocates say Seattle’s $1.45B transportation tax isn’t enough

For the past nine years, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has relied on a $930 million property-tax levy to pay for about 30% of its budget. That levy expires at the...

AI is already impacting the 2024 elections. Experts are nervous.

Audience members listened to three clips of Biden speaking, two real and one generated by AI audio software capable of mimicking anyone’s voice. Asked to identify the imposter, the crowd was divided...

Audit finds inflation, wages drove Seattle’s $1.7B budget increase

The projected deficit loomed over last year’s City Council elections, and Councilmembers Joy Hollingsworth, Bob Kettle, Cathy Moore, Maritza Rivera, Rob Saka and Tanya Woo all promised to perform an audit of...

Seattle rallies as Supreme Court weighs criminalizing homelessness

In 2018, the Oregon Law Center filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of Debra Blake, a woman who’d been homeless in Grants Pass for nearly a decade and accumulated more than...

Seattle City Council rejects affordable housing development bill

Councilmember Tammy Morales’ Connected Communities Pilot would have allowed private or nonprofit developers to build higher or wider buildings, skip design review, and be exempted from certain development fees if they partnered...

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