Seattle City Council

Legalizing Rideshare
11:41 am
Tue February 18, 2014

City Council And Business Continue To Clash On Rideshare Regulation

Taxi service, rideshare companies, and the Seattle City Council are embroiled in a fight over how to regulate rideshare in the city.
Flickr Photo/~C4Chaos (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The ongoing debate about how to regulate ridesharing in Seattle seems to be coming down to a fight over numbers. The Seattle City Council is considering capping the number of licensed rideshare drivers but is getting pushback from the companies who thus far have been operating in Seattle illegally.

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Transportation
1:17 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Legalizing Rideshare: Seattle Council Wrestles With How To Regulate The New Marketplace

A Lyft driver identifies his or her car with a distinctive mustache.
Flickr Photo/Spiros Vathis

Rideshare companies have been flourishing in Seattle – illegally. On Friday, the City Council will consider a new plan to finally regulate taxi-alternatives like Lyft, Sidecar and UberX.

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Utility Rates
9:34 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Seattle City Light Customers: Brace For Higher Bills This Year

Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

Customers of Seattle City Light are likely to see an increase in their bills later this year.

The utility is facing lower than expected revenues, and that could mean an automatic 3 percent surcharge for customers.

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Transportation
4:03 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Seattle Ponders New Car Service Regulations

The Seattle City Council is expected propose more regulations for the new ride-sharing services.
Flickr Photo/Mahdi Abdulrazak

David Hyde talks with Erica C. Barnett, news editor of Publicola, about a Seattle City Council proposal to regulate newer ride-sharing car services like Sidecar, Lyft and UberX.

Grassroots Campaign
4:20 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

15 Now: Kshama Sawant's New Minimum Wage Campaign

Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant jokes with City Councilmember Bruce Harrell at her first City Council meeting.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Ross Reynolds checks in with City Council member and Socialist Kshama Sawant on her newest effort to bring a $15 minimum wage to Seattle.

Week In Review
12:30 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Murray And Sawant Take Office, SPD Shakeup, And 520 Bridge Over Budget

Newly inaugurated Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The eyes of the nation descended on Seattle city hall this week as Mayor Ed Murray and City Councilmember Kshama Sawant took office. In one of his first acts, the mayor named Harry Bailey Seattle's new interim police chief. Also, the Washington State Department of Transportation announced the 520 bridge project will need a lot more money to get completed.

We review these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger. Plus, we hear from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

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'Mass Movement'
7:44 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Socialist Kshama Sawant Delivers Blistering Speech At Inauguration

Newly-elected Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant celebrates her inauguration with a raised fist. She was sworn in by Nicole Grant of the Washington State Labor Council.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Inauguration in Seattle has usually been a low-key affair. But not this year.

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.

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Local Government
2:50 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Seattle Politics 2014 And Inauguration Preview

Ed Murray will be inaugurated today as Seattle's next mayor.
Flickr Photo/Matt Westervelt

David Hyde speaks with Erica C. Barnett, news editor at Publicola, about Seattle politics and previews the inauguration of Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant and Mayor Ed Murray. 

Labor
9:40 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Murray Appoints Task Force To Avoid Ballot Initiatives On Minimum Wage

Mayor-elect Ed Murray presents his "income inequality" task force.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

At a press conference on Thursday, Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray said Seattle must figure out ways to help low-wage workers, or it risks becoming a city of the rich. He has appointed a task force to study “income inequality,” but no one expects the process to be easy.

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Transportation
3:12 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Transportation Companies Disagree About Proposed Ride-Sharing Regulations

Eastside for Hire offers taxis around the greater Seattle area.
Flickr Photo/Kevin R Boyd

Marcie Sillman talks with Brooke Steger, general manager of Uber Seattle, and Sam Guled, president of Eastside For Hire, about the Seattle City Council's proposal to regulate ride-sharing.

Politic & Government
3:01 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

An Exit Interview With Former City Council Member Richard Conlin

Outgoing Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin.

Ross Reynolds talks with outgoing councilmember Richard Conlin about his 16 year career on the Seattle City Council.

Marijuana
10:21 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Fine For Smoking Pot Outside Cheaper Than A Parking Ticket

Flickr Photo/Dann Cove

If you’re caught smoking marijuana in public in Seattle, you could be fined $27.

That’s the fine for drinking in public, but still less than a parking ticket.

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New Mayor And City Council
4:06 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

The Future Of Seattle Politics In 2014

Flickr Photo/Henry Alva (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde speaks with Erica C. Barnett, news editor at Publicola, about Seattle politics and the challenges facing Mayor-elect Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council heading into 2014.

Waste Management
10:57 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Seattle Keeps Door Open To Biweekly Garbage Pickups

Tacoma, Olympia and Portland, Ore., have all moved to garbage collection every other week.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

Seattle trash pickup could be reduced to every other week by 2015 if the Seattle City Council votes on Monday to keep that option on the table for the next year.

If the action passes as expected, biweekly service won’t be definite, however: Mayor-elect Ed Murray and  council members will still need to pass the legislation early next year.

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Transportation
12:05 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Proposed Regulations To Curb Seattle Ride-Sharing

Ride-sharing company Lyft distinguishes itself with a fuzzy pink mustache on participants' cars.
Flickr Photo/Spiros Vathis

David Hyde talks with president of the Seattle City Council Sally Clark about the proposals to rein in ride-sharing companies like Lyft, Uber and Sidecar.

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