Seattle City Council

Police officers pause next to a sign outside a restaurant as they observe a May Day anti-capitalism march on Friday in Seattle. Seattle councilmember Bruce Harrell criticized police for how they responded to protesters.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Seattle City Council members grilled police officials on Wednesday about their use of force during recent May Day protests. Bruce Harrell, who heads the council’s public safety committee, called some police actions “idiotic" and "not the smartest...or wisest way to go".

He questioned if officers chose the right approach to deescalate the protests on Friday. He said he saw marchers just marching – and then police officers on on bikes ramming them from behind.

Baltimore protest, 4/28/2015, Freddie Gray
Flickr Photo/Arash Azizzada

Is a property damage as protest ever justifiable? Did Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant cross the line in criticizing a colleague? What will the Shell Arctic drilling protests accomplish? Bonus: Should Seattle PBS station KCTS pull its own plug?

Bill Radke discusses the week’s news with Tonya Mosley, Eli Sanders and Chris Vance. 

KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

There's a new face on the Seattle City Council, despite objections from one of his new colleagues.

At least for a short time, John Okamoto will fill the seat of exiting council member Sally Clark, who stepped down to take a job at the University of Washington.

Who'll replace former Seattle City Council member Sally Clark?
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman speaks with political analyst C.R. Douglas about the eight finalists for a short-term Seattle City Council seat. (The full list, in alphabetical order: Jan Drago, Noel Frame, Sharon Lee, John Okomoto, Sharon Maeda, David Moseley, Sheley Secrest and Alec Stephens.) One will be appointed April 27.

Who'll replace former Seattle City Council member Sally Clark?
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

  Marcie Sillman talks with nine-year Seattle City Council veteran Sally Clark, who is leaving government for a job at the University of Washington.

Seattle City Council
Courtesy of Seattle City Council

Marcie Sillman talks with KCPQ political analyst C.R. Douglas about how the Seattle City Council will fill the open seat created by outgoing Councilmember Sally Clark.

A homeless camp beneath an Interstate 5 off-ramp in Seattle's SODO district.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Bill Radke talks with Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien about a proposal to expand and regulate homeless encampments in Seattle.

Ross Reynolds talks with outgoing Seattle City Councilmembers Nick Licata, Sally Clark and Tom Rasmussen about how district elections will change our city.

Also, Marcie Sillman hears from UCLA political scientist Chris Tausanovitch on the subject.

Newborn baby with big brother and mom.
Flickr Photo/Sheila Dee (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The City of Seattle may soon offer its employees four weeks paid leave to take care of a new child. Mayor Ed Murray and City Council Member Jean Godden laid out the details Monday at a news conference.

Godden said paid parental leave helps reduce the gender wage gap and that women who work and have kids will be better supported.

Demonstrators in Seattle form a human chain around City Hall in support of a $15 minimum wage in April 2014.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien about the potential impact of the $15 minimum wage on Seattle's manufacturing sector.

Seattle City Hall: '31 Shades Of Liberal'

Jan 26, 2015
Seattle City Council
Courtesy of Seattle City Council

Marcie Sillman talks with news analyst and KCTS contributor Joni Balter about the upcoming departure of two longtime City Council members and what that means for the future of Seattle. 

Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen says he won't slack off in his last year: "Call me if you need a stop sign put in."
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Another longtime Seattle City Council member has announced he will not seek reelection this year. Tom Rasmussen said he’ll retire from the council after twelve years. His announcement follows Nick Licata’s similar news last Thursday.

A line of Car2Gos in the South Lake Union district of Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Susan Shaheen, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley, about the expansion of car sharing services like Car2Go in Seattle. The City Council has voted to bump the number of permits for short term rental cars from 500 to 3,000. 

construction crane
Flickr Photo/sea turtle (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark about a proposal that would require public construction projects to give priority to workers who live in disadvantaged parts of Seattle and King County.

Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes about the City Council's consideration of changing the name of the crime "patronizing a prostitute" to "sexual exploitation."

Also, Dr. Melinda Chateauvert, author of "Sex Workers Unite: A History Of The Movement From Stonewall to SlutWalk," explains why she believes the use of the term "sexual exploitation" to describe the crime is wrong.