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Brettler Family Place, part of the complex at Sand Point Housing
Solid Ground

A citizens group wants the city of Seattle to investigate management of the low-income housing complex where Charleena Lyles was shot.

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Kim Malcolm talks with Alison Holcomb about Seattle's move to vacate convictions for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Holcomb is director of strategy for the ACLU of Washington and the architect of Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana in Washington.

Seattle City Hall
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The #MeToo movement has reached inside the City of Seattle, with city employees speaking out about sexism, discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace.

As first reported by Crosscut, current and former city employees have formed a group called the Seattle Silence Breakers. Their purpose is to provide support to city employees and spur change.

Jenny Durkan
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The city of Seattle is launching an extensive review of its workplace harassment and discrimination policies.

Mayor Jenny Durkan has ordered the formation of a team to make recommendations on anti-harassment training, reporting mechanisms and personnel rules for city employees.

KUOW photo/LIsa Wang

As of the 2010 Census, 80 percent of U.S. citizens lived in urban areas. Human beings are drawn to cities for work, culture, camaraderie and hipster coffee shops (among other things).

Every city starts somewhere. Some plug along, while others take off with growth most inhabitants never imagined. Seattle has been both types of city, from the home of the last person leaving turning out the lights, to construction-crane magnet.

Seattle City Hall
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Kim Malcolm talks with Crosscut reporter David Kroman about his investigation into the work culture at the city of Seattle's Human Resources department.

Former Mayor Ed Murray at a press conference in the University District in September 2016.
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Bill Radke talks to Seattle Times reporter Lewis Kamb about how the city of Seattle came to settle the lawsuit filed against former mayor Ed Murray and why it will pay $150,000 to the man accusing Murray of raping and molesting him as a teenager. 

Ask a Seattle newcomer, beat ‘the freeze’

Dec 30, 2017
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Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Why are people moving here? It's an attractive place. Businesses are growing and resettling here; there's a building boom; the cultural and natural attractions are numerous. What's not to like? 

But being the new person in any town comes with its challenges. And here in Seattle, there are some unique hurdles to assimilation. As the area grows, long-term residents and new arrivals alike question what kind of city this is, and how it’s changing. 

File photo of homeless ecampment under bridge.
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Gone are the days when Seattle’s homeless service providers simply had their funding renewed with the annual budget.

For the first time in over a decade, the city has competitively bid $34 million in homeless services contracts, cutting funding to some providers with long-standing ties to the city. 


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In the lead up to Seattle’s mayoral election on November 7, the candidates have been crisscrossing the city to debate and discuss their credentials. There have been moments of geniality and tension.

Seattle University hosted a conversation with contenders Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan. The tone was civil, and heated, at turns. If you haven’t made up your mind about who to vote for, you may find the tipping point you’re looking for here.

Crews demolish a concrete skate bowl on 'Duck Island' in the middle of Green Lake, Seattle, Washington, August, 2017.
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Crews with Seattle Parks and Recreation are dismantling an unauthorized skate park on Duck Island in Green Lake this week.

The large concrete bowl was built by a group of skateboard fans in response to a do-it-yourself contest from Nike and TransWorld Skateboarding.

Downtown Seattle taken from Dr. Jose Rizal Park
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It’s an exciting time to catch up on and get involved in envisioning the great public spaces that will help sustain our growing region. KUOW, The Seattle Public Library and Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development hosted this conversation with national and local experts to help the community at-large better understand the issues and opportunities we face. KUOW’s Posey Gruener moderated the discussion. The speakers include:

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The first lawsuit over Seattle's new income tax on high earners has been filed. The city is being sued by Michael Kunath in King County Superior Court.

He and his attorney didn't immediately respond to interview requests, but according to court filings, Kunath argues that Seattle's new income tax on high earners violates the state constitution. That's because the constitution says cities cannot impose a net income tax.

A look inside More Hall Annex at the old nuclear reactor
Courtesy of Washington Trust for Historic Preservation/Jennifer Mortensen

The Washington State Supreme Court has put an end to a decades-old debate between the University of Washington and the city of Seattle.

The court ruled Thursday that the UW has to abide by the city's landmark preservation laws.

People pack city hall for a hearing on a proposed income tax
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Seattle's City Council has unanimously passed an income tax on high earners in the city. Next stop, court. 

The Freedom Foundation, an Olympia-based conservative think tank, is already gearing up for a legal challenge against the ordinance.  

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is leaving the door open for a write-in campaign after a Kent man drops a civil lawsuit alleging Murray sexually abused him three decades ago.

The state constitution says Seattle can't tax the rich, but the City Council still wants an income tax for people making more than $250,000 a year.

People pack city hall for a hearing on a proposed income tax
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

Supporters of a proposed high-earners income tax packed Seattle city hall Wednesday night for a public hearing.

“Tax the Rich” was the message that was emblazoned on signs and sprinkled through testimony.

René LeBeau of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission says campaigns have a special form for people who want to donate but misplaced their vouchers.
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Through campaign events and door-to-door canvassing, Seattle political candidates are stepping up their search for so-called “Democracy Vouchers.” So far, the vouchers have translated into more than $200,000 in campaign contributions for qualifying candidates.

Lesson #1: Don't feel wild animals. Lesson #45: Don't forget to put a card in the camera when you take a photo of your guest panel.
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Seattle is America's fastest-growing big city, but how does it treat those new arrivals?

President Trump's proposes budget cuts to light rail, university research and the cleanup at Hanford.

Will San Fransisco 49er Colin Kaepernick become a Seattle Seahawk? He reportedly visited the team this week and has Seattle's Socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant in his corner.

And you wouldn't feed a lion by hand, so why do we act any differently when that lion lives in the sea? 

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This week the man accusing Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of sexually abusing him when he was 15 has revealed his identity. D.H. is Delvonn Heckard, a 46-year-old Kent man. Murray once again denied ever having a sexual relationship with Heckard.

Meanwhile, Seattle's mayoral race just grew by two candidates. Former mayor Mike McGinn announced he will be running along with waterfront activist Cary Moon.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
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Mayor Ed Murray says he'll propose an income tax on Seattle's highest earners.

That puts him in company with at least one of his challengers for re-election.


Cary Moon in downtown Seattle.
KUOW photo/David Hyde

There’s another new candidate this week in the Seattle mayor's race: activist, landscape designer and engineer Cary Moon.

But Moon said her decision wasn’t influenced by a lawsuit accusing Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of sexually abusing a teenager back in the 1980s.

A year ago, 1,400 people showed up for 110 affordable units on Beacon Hill.
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Seattle officials are calling for improvements in how the city holds developers accountable. That’s because of a problem the Office of City Auditor found in how the city tracks new construction.

Former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn in the KUOW studios.
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Bill Radke talks to former Seattle mayor Mike McGinn on why he's running for mayor. 

And we talk to David Kroman, city reporter for Crosscut, and Heidi Groover, city hall reporter for The Stranger, about how McGinn's announcement affects the mayoral race. 

We now know why Seattle's new utility billing system took so long and cost so much to launch.

The new billing system for Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities came in $43 million over budget and was nearly a year late when it went online in 2016.

At its peak, the Pronto system had 54 stations throughout Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

The lime green bikes stationed throughout Seattle will be gone by next week as the Pronto bike share program shuts down.

But it may not be the final chapter.

The City of Seattle says this homeless camp is a public health and safety hazard.
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

Seattle is starting a pilot program to help decrease litter on city streets.

Part of that program will target trash generated by homeless camps. Officials are hiring someone to head up the pilot program.


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Bill Radke talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about his plans for a five-year, $275 million property tax levy to pay for additional homeless services, and we open up the phones to take your questions for the mayor.

Wells Fargo's days as the city of Seattle's bank may be numbered.

The city council's finance committee has voted to disqualify Wells Fargo from doing business with the city. They cite ethical and environmental reasons.

Some residents of the Jungle keep tidy encampments, like William Kowang above, while others live in garbage with needles strewn about.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

On January 26, 2016, five people were shot in Seattle’s largest homeless camp, a stretch of greenbelt under Interstate 5 known as the Jungle.

The shooting thrust the camp into the spotlight and city officials immediately vowed to shut it down.

In the intervening year, they've made good on that promise and the camp has been cleared. 

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