Seattle is America's fastest growing city over the past year, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Former Boston police chief Kathleen O'Toole is Mayor Ed Murray's pick for Seattle's top cop. There's another plan to pay for bus service in Seattle, this one from City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant. And Macklemore apologizes for his choice of costume at a surprise performance at the EMP.
Steve Scher talks over these stories and more of the week's news with news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Jon Talton of the Seattle Times.
Efforts to prevent King County Metro bus cuts have narrowed from a county-wide approach to a more localized strategy. On Tuesday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveiled his proposal to give Seattle voters another option to save Seattle-centric routes, although he's still got his eye on a broader, regional plan.
A White House report foretells more rain, droughts and big storms due to climate change; Nisqually Indian civil rights leader and environmental activist Billy Frank, Jr. dies; and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray comes out against a city-only initiative to fund bus service in Seattle.
Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and LiveWire host Luke Burbank.
Marcie Sillman talks with the Washington Policy Center's Bob Pishue about why he says King County Metro Transit should manage its budget better rather than cut bus service. King County voters rejected Metro's Proposition 1 in the special election last week.
Low-income transit passengers say the last few years have been difficult in King County with multiple fare increases and the end of the ride free zone in Seattle. But they are torn about whether to support Proposition 1, which would raise taxes in order to maintain existing Metro transit service.
King County Metro buses are facing cuts if Proposition 1 fails to pass. Of those lines facing possible extinction, routes 4, 21 and 72 have the highest ridership, each moving thousands of riders per day.
Steve Scher moderates a debate over the upcoming King County special election ballot measure. If Proposition 1 passes, it would increase the annual car tab fee to $60 and raise the county's sales tax by 0.1 percent or 10 cents on a $100 purchase for 10 years. If it fails, King County Metro Transit predicts it will have to cut service by 17 percent.