Seattle City Council http://kuow.org en Middle Income Group Overlooked In Seattle Affordable Housing Struggle http://kuow.org/post/middle-income-group-overlooked-seattle-affordable-housing-struggle <p>Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien is looking for affordable housing solutions – for a population that may be overlooked.</p><p>Speaking with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds, O’Brien said that systems are in place for those making around 30 percent of the area median wage, but not for those between 60 to 100 percent of the median (for a single person that’s between $37,000 and $50,000 a year). Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:47:59 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 38804 at http://kuow.org Middle Income Group Overlooked In Seattle Affordable Housing Struggle Childcare Provider Debates Two Possible Preschool Laws http://kuow.org/post/childcare-provider-debates-two-possible-preschool-laws <p>Patti Oliver Bailey sat on a sunny wooden deck in Seattle’s Rainier Valley on a recent afternoon, surrounded by toddlers digging through a box of pink sand and bright toys. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:28:11 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 38063 at http://kuow.org Childcare Provider Debates Two Possible Preschool Laws Taxi Drivers Balk As Mayor OKs More Rideshares http://kuow.org/post/taxi-drivers-balk-mayor-oks-more-rideshares <p>On <a href="http://murray.seattle.gov/mayor-murray-transportation-for-hire-representatives-reach-historic-agreement/#sthash.MImPA7d6.dpbs">June 16</a>, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced that <a href="http://kuow.org/post/mayor-murray-announces-new-rideshare-compromise">a stakeholders group</a> had agreed to lift restrictions on the growth of rideshare companies. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">In exchange, companies like </span>Lyft<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>Uber<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> would meet the same safety and insurance requirements as taxi drivers. </span> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:26:26 +0000 Amy Radil 37251 at http://kuow.org Taxi Drivers Balk As Mayor OKs More Rideshares Teary-Eyed Mayor Murray Declares 'Summer Of Safety' http://kuow.org/post/teary-eyed-mayor-murray-declares-summer-safety <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the wake of recent gun violence, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the city faces a crisis of confidence in public safety.</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:26:25 +0000 Amy Radil 37099 at http://kuow.org Teary-Eyed Mayor Murray Declares 'Summer Of Safety' Seattle City Council Sends Two Early Childhood Initiatives To Voters http://kuow.org/post/seattle-city-council-sends-two-early-childhood-initiatives-voters <p></p><p>The Seattle City Council voted on Monday to send two competing early childhood education initiatives to voters this fall. One initiative was proposed by council President Tim Burgess and Mayor Ed Murray, and the other by a union that represents child care workers. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:36:54 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 36931 at http://kuow.org Seattle City Council Sends Two Early Childhood Initiatives To Voters Mayor Murray Announces New Rideshare Compromise http://kuow.org/post/mayor-murray-announces-new-rideshare-compromise <p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced a new way forward for car services.</p><p>Murray said a new agreement has been reached that does not cap the number of people who drive for Uber X, Lyft and other similar rideshare companies. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:58:38 +0000 Derek Wang 36536 at http://kuow.org Mayor Murray Announces New Rideshare Compromise 15 Now Could Not Have Floated A Charter Amendment This Year http://kuow.org/post/15-now-could-not-have-floated-charter-amendment-year <p>Last week, Seattle became the first city in the nation to establish a $15 minimum wage for all workers. The framework was established by a panel of business, labor and community leaders, which the City Council passed in record time. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:49:37 +0000 Deborah Wang 36167 at http://kuow.org 15 Now Could Not Have Floated A Charter Amendment This Year Seattle City Song Unearthed: ‘Her Bosom’s Gemm’d With Pearly Lakes’ http://kuow.org/post/seattle-city-song-unearthed-her-bosom-s-gemm-d-pearly-lakes <p>In researching the Seattle City Charter, KUOW reporter Deborah Wang found the lyrics of the Seattle city song. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:14:53 +0000 Isolde Raftery 36124 at http://kuow.org Seattle City Song Unearthed: ‘Her Bosom’s Gemm’d With Pearly Lakes’ SPU Shooting, Minimum Wage Passes, And Amazon Controversy Grows http://kuow.org/post/spu-shooting-minimum-wage-passes-and-amazon-controversy-grows <p></p><p>A <a href="http://kuow.org/topic/kuows-ongoing-coverage-spu-shooting">shooting</a> on the campus of Seattle Pacific University on Thursday left one person dead and two others seriously injured. Seattle <a href="http://kuow.org/post/seattle-city-council-approves-15-minimum-wage">made history this week</a> as the first city in the country to establish a $15 minimum wage for all workers. And the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-amazon-and-hachette-explained-20140602-story.html#page=1">controversy</a> surrounding Amazon's business practices continued to attract national media attention.</p><p>Steve Scher recaps those stories and more news of the week with Crosscut's <a href="http://crosscut.com/mossback/">Knute Berger</a>, The Stranger's <a href="http://elisanders.net/">Eli Sanders</a>, news analyst Joni Balter and <a href="http://www.livewireradio.org/">Live Wire's</a> Luke Burbank.</p><p><strong>Week In Review Extra</strong></p><p>President Obama this week <a href="http://grist.org/climate-energy/how-much-cleaner-will-obamas-climate-rules-make-your-state/">announced new rules</a> that would lead to a reduction in carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. He proposed new Environmental Protection Agency rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030. Is America up to the challenge?</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:18:39 +0000 Steve Scher & Andy Hurst 35942 at http://kuow.org SPU Shooting, Minimum Wage Passes, And Amazon Controversy Grows Kathleen O'Toole: Police Recruit 'The Wrong Type Of People' http://kuow.org/post/kathleen-otoole-police-recruit-wrong-type-people <p></p><p>Seattle Police Chief nominee Kathleen O’Toole met with the City Council Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. It was one of several question and answer sessions O’Toole will attend as part of her confirmation process. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:43:53 +0000 Joshua McNichols 35813 at http://kuow.org Kathleen O'Toole: Police Recruit 'The Wrong Type Of People' Seattle Passes Highest Minimum Wage, Now What? http://kuow.org/post/seattle-passes-highest-minimum-wage-now-what <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">David Hyde gets the scoop from KUOW's Deborah Wang about what happened at the city council meeting Monday night when a historical $15 minimum wage was unanimously passed. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Then, Marcie Sillman speaks with Steve Caldiera, president and CEO of the International Franchise Association, about his plans to sue Seattle to overturn the minimum wage ordinance. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last, David Hyde talks with the advocacy group 15 Now about whether they will move forward with their own ballot measure to raise the city's minimum wage faster.</span> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:52:02 +0000 Marcie Sillman & David Hyde & Posey Gruener & Hannah Burn 35695 at http://kuow.org Seattle Passes Highest Minimum Wage, Now What? Seattle City Council Approves $15 Minimum Wage http://kuow.org/post/seattle-city-council-approves-15-minimum-wage <p>In a unanimous vote, to a standing ovation, the Seattle City Council approved a bill to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.</p><p>The crowd cheered “We made 15 possible!” after the reading of the vote tally in a meeting marked with passionate pleas for its passage from the public as well as council members.</p><p><strong>Failed Amendments</strong></p><p>The packed crowd of vocal proponents for the passage of the bill, many of whom gave their personal stories during the section of public comment, booed the failure of four amendments to the City Council’s plan.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 17:04:46 +0000 Kara McDermott 35661 at http://kuow.org Seattle City Council Approves $15 Minimum Wage City Will Have To Help With $15 Minimum Wage, Says One Nonprofit http://kuow.org/post/city-will-have-help-15-minimum-wage-says-one-nonprofit <p>David Hyde talks with Bill Hobson, executive director of Downtown Emergency Service Center, about how his organization would implement the $15 minimum wage and why he's advocating that the city help. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:26:53 +0000 David Hyde & Hannah Burn 35645 at http://kuow.org City Will Have To Help With $15 Minimum Wage, Says One Nonprofit Seattle Police File A Lawsuit, City Council Agrees On $15, And Ramtha The Racist http://kuow.org/post/seattle-police-file-lawsuit-city-council-agrees-15-and-ramtha-racist <p>Over a hundred members of the Seattle Police Department have filed a lawsuit against the federally-mandated reforms SPD has adopted. The Seattle City Council has come to an agreement on the minimum wage proposal.</p><p>Steve Scher recaps those stories and more news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, The Stranger's Eli Sanders, news analyst Joni Balter and LiveWire host Luke Burbank. Fri, 30 May 2014 21:30:04 +0000 Steve Scher & Amina Al-Sadi 35523 at http://kuow.org Seattle Police File A Lawsuit, City Council Agrees On $15, And Ramtha The Racist One Minimum Wage Committee Member Says Process And Proposal Is A 'Charade' http://kuow.org/post/one-minimum-wage-committee-member-says-process-and-proposal-charade <p>Steve Scher talks with David Meinert, Seattle nightlife entrepreneur and restaurantuer about his experience on the mayor's income inequality advisory committee. Marcie Sillman gets more on the story with Q13&nbsp;Political Analyst C.R. Douglas. Fri, 30 May 2014 21:29:13 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Steve Scher & Hannah Burn 35517 at http://kuow.org One Minimum Wage Committee Member Says Process And Proposal Is A 'Charade'