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Crews demolish a concrete skate bowl on 'Duck Island' in the middle of Green Lake, Seattle, Washington, August, 2017.
Courtesy Seattle Parks and Recreation

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
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

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.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

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.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

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.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

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. 

The homeless encampment known as the Jungle was he scene of a Jan. 26, 2016 shooting that killed two and wounded three.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Homeless advocates and two homeless individuals are suing the City of Seattle and the Washington State Department of Transportation over how they treat people's possessions when they clear out homeless encampments.

Seattle officials may take their support for immigrants and refugees a step further. During a meeting Monday, City Councilmember Lorena González said local government needs to do more to help people facing uncertainty.

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Dave Tomson and his dog Dennis slept between cardboard walls under Interstate 5 in Seattle one night recently. Tomson is a block away from city hall – in fact you can see it from the corner.

He picked this spot so he could stay dry.

“It was raining and I’m not made out of sugar, but I don’t like to be cold and wet,” Tomson said. “Call me crazy.”

Tomson is homeless, like more than 4,000 other people in the city. He’s lived on the streets for five years after he went to jail and lost his job, he said.

After years of requests from drivers, Uber has added a tipping function on its app
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Uber and Lyft drivers will decide this spring on whether to form a union. This week, the city of Seattle finalized which drivers will get to voice their opinion.

Uber officials aren't happy.

There are eight tiny houses in Othello Village. The non-profit group Low Income Housing Institute is raising to build more for the Southeast Seattle encampment.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

The city of Seattle says it will open three new temporary camps for homeless people. Two of those sites will have tiny houses. The other will have tents, according to a statement Thursday from the Human Services Department.

Seattle's Mayor and City Council approve their own agenda for the state Legislature every year. For the 2017 legislative session, the city is calling for more protections for tenants and for people of color.


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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray spent part of his Thanksgiving signing an executive order reaffirming policies to protect immigrants. Murray says Seattle will maintain its status as a welcoming city and announced the policy in a video message.

A Seattle lawmaker it looking to break the city's ties with Wells Fargo. The bank has been embroiled in a scandal over opening accounts without customer knowledge.


The City of Seattle is breaking ties with Wells Fargo after revelations that the bank opened accounts nationwide without the knowledge of the account holders.

Seattle city leaders were considering taking out a $100 million loan from Wells Fargo to cover a Seattle City Light bond. In a letter Friday, city leaders say they're calling off the contract before it's finalized this month.

As expected Monday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveiled his budget plans for 2017-2018. The mayor's proposal focuses on two areas that have shaped his term in office: policing and services for homeless people.

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