Deborah Wang http://kuow.org en Perkins Lane: Seattle's Poster Child For Landslide Risk http://kuow.org/post/perkins-lane-seattles-poster-child-landslide-risk <p></p><p>It’s no secret that Western Washington is prone to landslides. The combination of glacial soils, steep slopes and water creates a risk that’s greater than in other parts of the U.S. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:26:07 +0000 Deborah Wang 31311 at http://kuow.org Perkins Lane: Seattle's Poster Child For Landslide Risk Seattle City Council Legalizes Rideshares, But Puts Cap On Cars http://kuow.org/post/seattle-city-council-legalizes-rideshares-puts-cap-cars <p></p><p>You may see fewer cars with pink mustaches on the road in the coming months.</p><p>Seattle’s City Council yesterday gave final approval to a plan that would limit the number of cars that rideshare companies like Lyft, UberX and Sidecar can operate. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:15:46 +0000 Deborah Wang 30742 at http://kuow.org Seattle City Council Legalizes Rideshares, But Puts Cap On Cars 'It's Complicated:' A Small Business And Its Employees Struggle With Minimum Wage Debate http://kuow.org/post/its-complicated-small-business-and-its-employees-struggle-minimum-wage-debate <p>The push to raise the minimum wage in Seattle was just a campaign slogan last fall. But now it's on a fast track. Mayor Ed Murray has said that he will propose a minimum wage increase this spring.</p><p>But many of the people who would be affected are just starting to assess the costs and benefits. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:39:57 +0000 Deborah Wang 30422 at http://kuow.org 'It's Complicated:' A Small Business And Its Employees Struggle With Minimum Wage Debate Seattle Residents Testify For, Against $15 Minimum Wage At Packed Hearing http://kuow.org/post/seattle-residents-testify-against-15-minimum-wage-packed-hearing <p>Hundreds of people descended on Seattle's Town Hall last night for the first in a series of public hearings on the minimum wage. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:57:52 +0000 Deborah Wang 29938 at http://kuow.org Seattle Residents Testify For, Against $15 Minimum Wage At Packed Hearing Seattle City Council Rejects Tax Break For Pot Growers http://kuow.org/post/seattle-city-council-rejects-tax-break-pot-growers <p>Marijuana growers who want to sell their products in Seattle will have to pay business license tax to the city.</p><p>On Monday, the City Council voted not to give pot growers a tax break reserved for farmers. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:20:23 +0000 Deborah Wang 29791 at http://kuow.org Seattle City Council Rejects Tax Break For Pot Growers Seattle Minimum Wage Activists Prepare To Fight Against ‘Swiss Cheese’ Plan http://kuow.org/post/seattle-minimum-wage-activists-prepare-fight-against-swiss-cheese-plan <p>Residents of Seattle should know in the next few months whether low-wage workers in the city will get a raise. Mayor Ed Murray is hoping to unveil a proposal by late spring that would increase the minimum wage in the city to as much as $15 an hour. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:33:44 +0000 Deborah Wang 29524 at http://kuow.org Seattle Minimum Wage Activists Prepare To Fight Against ‘Swiss Cheese’ Plan Seattle City Light Customers: Brace For Higher Bills This Year http://kuow.org/post/seattle-city-light-customers-brace-higher-bills-year <p></p><p>Customers of Seattle City Light are likely to see an increase in their bills later this year.</p><p>The utility is facing lower than expected revenues, and that could mean an automatic 3 percent surcharge for customers. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 17:34:00 +0000 Deborah Wang 28702 at http://kuow.org Seattle City Light Customers: Brace For Higher Bills This Year Why Is Lake Washington's Water Level So Low? Ask The Engineers http://kuow.org/post/why-lake-washingtons-water-level-so-low-ask-engineers <p>You may have noticed that water levels at Lake Washington beaches are very low.</p><p>But if you think there might be some connection with the drought that is now gripping much of the western U.S., think again. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:59:53 +0000 Deborah Wang 28158 at http://kuow.org Why Is Lake Washington's Water Level So Low? Ask The Engineers Stocking For Success: Merchandisers Prepare For Super Bowl Win http://kuow.org/post/stocking-success-merchandisers-prepare-super-bowl-win <p>While football fans are eagerly watching the Super Bowl, stores and manufacturers will be likewise poised for the final outcome to set in motion a landslide of merchandise to cater to the winners. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:00:11 +0000 Deborah Wang 27875 at http://kuow.org Stocking For Success: Merchandisers Prepare For Super Bowl Win King County Leaders: Raise Taxes To Pay For Buses, Roads http://kuow.org/post/king-county-leaders-raise-taxes-pay-buses-roads <p>Political leaders in King County want voters to help stave off drastic cuts to Metro bus service.</p><p>On Tuesday, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed raising car tab fees, sales taxes and bus fares. The money would pay for transit service and road maintenance. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:39:00 +0000 Deborah Wang 27078 at http://kuow.org King County Leaders: Raise Taxes To Pay For Buses, Roads Seattle Sends A New Face To Olympia – Brady Walkinshaw, 29 http://kuow.org/post/seattle-sends-new-face-olympia-brady-walkinshaw-29 <p>When Brady&nbsp;Walkinshaw&nbsp;was a young child growing up in rural Whatcom County, his parents noticed he had a particular affinity for politics.</p><p>By the age of 4 or 5, “I have vivid memories of him organizing books on the floor [about] states and trying to figure out where the capitals were,” his father Charlie said.</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:35:34 +0000 Deborah Wang 26948 at http://kuow.org Seattle Sends A New Face To Olympia – Brady Walkinshaw, 29 Socialist Kshama Sawant Delivers Blistering Speech At Inauguration http://kuow.org/post/socialist-kshama-sawant-delivers-blistering-speech-inauguration <p>Inauguration in Seattle has usually been a low-key affair. But not this year.</p><p>Hundreds packed the lobby of Seattle City Hall on Monday. Some came to see Ed Murray, the city’s first openly gay mayor, take the oath of office. But many more came to catch a glimpse of Kshama Sawant, Seattle’s first Socialist City Council member who has attracted international attention. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:44:01 +0000 Deborah Wang 26631 at http://kuow.org Socialist Kshama Sawant Delivers Blistering Speech At Inauguration Will 2014 Be The Year Of The $15 Minimum Wage In Seattle? http://kuow.org/post/will-2014-be-year-15-minimum-wage-seattle <p>Newly-elected Councilmember Kshama Sawant is already working on her campaign promise to establish a $15 an hour minimum wage in Seattle. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:42:50 +0000 Deborah Wang 25672 at http://kuow.org Will 2014 Be The Year Of The $15 Minimum Wage In Seattle? German Employees Rally Outside Amazon Headquarters: 'We're People, Not Robots' http://kuow.org/post/german-employees-rally-outside-amazon-headquarters-were-people-not-robots <p>Outside Amazon’s headquarters in South Lake Union on Monday, activists chanted in German, “Wir sind Menchen; nicht Roboter.”</p><p>Translation: “We are people, not robots.” &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 01:05:22 +0000 Deborah Wang 25578 at http://kuow.org German Employees Rally Outside Amazon Headquarters: 'We're People, Not Robots' SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Survives Hand Recount http://kuow.org/post/seatacs-15-minimum-wage-survives-hand-recount <p><strong>UPDATE 12/09/13&nbsp; 5:30 PM PT:</strong></p><p>Supporters of SeaTac's $15 an hour minimum wage are celebrating tonight after the initiative survived a hand recount of ballots cast in the race.</p><p>County elections officials spent a full day scrutinizing more than 6,000 ballots by hand, closely watched by observers from both sides of the issue. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:09:04 +0000 Deborah Wang 25172 at http://kuow.org SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Survives Hand Recount