Seattle City Council

Seattle Neighborhood Summit
3:05 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Jim Diers: 'Community Participation,' A Key For Seattle's Future

Queen Anne neighborhood.
Flickr Photo/craterdweller (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with former Seattle Neighborhoods Department Director Jim Diers about his hopes for the upcoming Seattle Neighborhood Summit in April.

Transportation
4:23 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

As A First State To Regulate Ridesharing, California Offers Its Progress

Cars for the ridesharing company, Lyft, can be identified by the pink mustaches placed on the front bumper.
Flickr Photo/Bill Rosenfeld (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carolyn Said about California's state-wide rideshare regulations. Said talks about how they are playing out in San Francisco and what Seattle's proposed driver caps could mean for rideshare companies all over.

Industrial Zoning
10:18 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Development Planning For Sodo, Seattle's 'Gritty Backbone'

Sodo development is in the midst of tension between sports boosters and the maritime industry.
Credit Flickr Photo/ArtBrom (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The stadium district in Seattle is located at the northern end of a larger swath of the city that's officially known as the Duwamish Manufacturing and Industrial Center, but more commonly referred to as Sodo.

It’s the largest concentration of industrially zoned land in Seattle and home to Harbor Island, the largest container port facility in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners teams.

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Police Reform
8:06 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Seattle Officials Probe 'Twilight Zone' Of Police Discipline Reversals

Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey's recent discipline reversals are coming under scrutiny from the police auditor and Seattle City Council.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Seattle officials plan to seek changes to the obscure union appeals process that has allowed reversals of police misconduct findings.

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Labor Debate
7:57 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Seattle Residents Testify For, Against $15 Minimum Wage At Packed Hearing

Members of the group 15 Now greet people arriving to testify at the Seattle City Council public hearing on minimum wage on Wednesday, March 6.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Hundreds of people descended on Seattle's Town Hall last night for the first in a series of public hearings on the minimum wage.

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Early Childhood Education
3:58 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Universal Preschool In Seattle: Why Some Aren't On Board

Flickr Photo/Nick Amoscato (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Liv Finne, director of Washington Policy Center's Center for Education, about her take on universal preschool and why she thinks Seattle should focus its priorities elsewhere.

Marijuana Tax
9:20 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Seattle City Council Rejects Tax Break For Pot Growers

Flickr Photo/Scott Beale (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marijuana growers who want to sell their products in Seattle will have to pay business license tax to the city.

On Monday, the City Council voted not to give pot growers a tax break reserved for farmers.

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The Week In Review
3:59 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

SPD Reversal, Rideshare Regulations, And State Education Funding

Flickr Photo/ME659! (CC BY-NC-ND)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sets things straight after a reversal of police misconduct cases kicked up some dust.

State lawmakers reach a compromise over whether student test scores should factor in teacher evaluations, and the City Council regulates Seattle's ridesharing companies.

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger, news analyst Joni Balter and Livewire's Luke Burbank.

Limits On Rideshares
9:18 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Seattle's Proposed Rideshare Compromise Appears To Satisfy No One

Taxi drivers say they are suffering because of illegal rideshares; rideshare companies say new limits will hurt their businesses.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

A Seattle City Council committee has voted to impose limits on rideshare companies Thursday night. The council’s compromise seemed to disappoint everyone, from rideshare companies to taxi owners.

The council’s committee on taxi regulations has been wrestling with how to regulate rideshares like Lyft and UberX for months.

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Law Enforcement Technology
2:52 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Seattle Police Push For Facial Recognition Software

Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay (CC BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell about a proposal that would allow the Seattle Police Department to use facial recognition software to identify suspects from security footage.

Homelessness
1:37 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Seattle City Council Members Investigate How Lockers Could Help Homeless

Advocates say more locker spaces for the homeless would allow them to go to job interviews or doctor’s appointments without the fear that their possessions will be stolen or discarded.
Flickr Photo/GerardStolk (CC BY-NC-ND)

"I would say 9 out of 10 people, when they see someone carrying two, three bags with them, they instantly peg them as homeless," Isaac Pace told Marcie Sillman on The Record.

Pace is a volunteer for SHARE, a homeless advocacy group in Seattle. He has also been without a permanent home for about 15 years.

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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.

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