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Jeannie Yandel talks with Seattle Times reporter Geoff Baker about what happens to plans for a new sports arena in Sodo after the Seattle City Council said no to selling the developer a key public right-of-way.

Thornton Place Apartments in Seattle's Northgate neighborhood has 56 apartments (out of 278) set aside for low wage earners. In exchange for keeping rents for those units low for 12 years, the developer got a tax break.
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This summer, Seattle voters will be asked to make property in the city a little less affordable to make housing for the poorest Seattleites more affordable.

On Monday, Seattle City Council unanimously approved putting a housing levy on the Aug. 2 primary ballot.


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Few expected this Seattle City Council decision.

The council voted against giving up a street in Sodo to make way for a proposed arena. An investor group hoping to bring the NBA to Seattle needed that street to build its arena.

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A majority of Seattle City council members voted in favor of the legislation and said it will help them meet an increased workload now that most council members represent geographic districts.

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A Seattle City Council committee has passed a key measure regarding the plans for a new sports arena.

It would close two blocks of Occidental Avenue South to make room for the arena.

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant meets with reporters after the vote to phase-in a $15 minimum wage June 3, 2014.
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Seattle's $15 minimum wage law doesn't fully take effect until 2021, but a new report gives a glimpse of its impacts so far.

The City Council was briefed Monday on a study done through the University of Washington which shows 80 percent of employers questioned plan to comply with the law and raise their wages. But 11 out of 100 businesses plan to withdraw from Seattle and/or contract out their work.

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Bill Radke leads a discussion of whether or not the Seattle City Council should approve the development of a sports arena in the Sodo neighborhood. Radke speaks with Brian Robinson, site manager at sonicsrising.com, who supports the development, and land use attorney Cleveland Stockmeyer, who opposes the development.  

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A proposed sports arena in Seattle was once again the topic of debate in city hall. This time, the focus was traffic impacts.

The City Council's transportation committee is preparing to vote on whether to shut down part of Occidental Avenue in SODO to allow for a proposed NBA arena.

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Seattle leaders want the city to have more disposal sites for drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin.

The City Council passed a resolution Monday that asks pharmacies and the Seattle Police Department to install drug disposal boxes.

Would you agree to pay more taxes every year to keep low-income people in their homes? That's one goal of Seattle's proposed housing levy.

The public can weigh in at a hearing Monday in City Hall at 5:30 p.m.

Pronto bikes on the Seattle waterfront. The City of Seattle voted to buy the nonprofit, even though it wasn't doing well financially.
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Bill Radke speaks with Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien about an ethics investigation into Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly's involvement in the Pronto bike-share system. 

Preschoolers play with a dollhouse at Launch at Leschi Elementary School, one of Seattle Preschool Program's first sites.
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The promise of the city of Seattle’s new subsidized preschool program — to bring low- or no-cost preschool to three- and four-year-olds across the city — is facing a challenge as the city struggles to find space and providers for the second year.

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It was a different kind of March Madness in Seattle's city hall Tuesday night. People lobbed arguments for and against a proposed basketball arena at a packed hearing on the topic

Investor Chris Hansen has said he wants to bring an NBA team back to Seattle — as long as the city helps pay for an arena.

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The Seattle City Council showed early signs of support Thursday for Mayor Ed Murray's housing levy. Murray has proposed a $290 million levy that's twice the size of the existing one.

The council will decide whether to put the measure on the August ballot. First, the council's looking at Seattle's housing needs.

The Jungle, the morning after five people were shot at the homeless encampment. Officially the East Duwamish Greenbelt, everyone calls it The Jungle.
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Washington state lawmakers have passed the supplemental transportation budget. It is now headed to Governor Inslee's desk for approval.

How to spend a chunk of that money is a contentious topic in Seattle: $1 million is set aside for safety improvements at the Jungle homeless encampment. That money could be used to build a fence around the camp under Interstate 5.

City Councilmember Kshama Sawant speaks at her election night party at Melrose Market in Seattle on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015.
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As Seattle made the transition to City Council districts for the 2015 election, it saw more races, more candidates and much more money than ever before.

The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission has released its analysis.

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The case of a Renton woman who is jailed in Mexico is getting new attention.

Nestora Salgado was arrested 30 months ago, detained because of her involvement in a community-based police force in the Mexican state of Guerrero.

Bill Radke speaks with Darrion Sjoquist, a Starbucks barista and member of the labor group Working Washington, about why he and other workers are calling for Seattle City Council to regulate scheduling of shift work.

Bill Radke speaks with Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess about plans to regulate online short-term rentals in the city of Seattle.

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Ross Reynolds asks former Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata why the back cover of his book, “Becoming A Citizen Activist,” proclaims "you can fight city hall." Licata was in City Hall for 16 years.

A listener took this photo on Wed., Jan. 13, after noticing that the homeless the tent city at Ballard Blocks had been fully cleared.
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Seattle City Council members got an update Tuesday on how the city removes homeless camps -- and they want to see changes.

City staff and police have cleared out about 40 unsanctioned homeless sites since November and have a list of 170 more to consider. Most of those camps consist of a few people living in tents or sleeping bags.

Who Runs Seattle Politics? (Women)

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Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez takes her Oath of Office to become the first Latina to serve on the Seattle City Council.
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After last week's inauguration, Seattle City Council has a 5-4 female majority. However, it is not the first time women have led City Hall. In fact, Washington state has one of the best records for women in politics. Bill Radke talks to Joni Balter, host of Civic Cocktail on the Seattle Channel, about what that means for how our state operates. 

City Councilmember Jean Godden at Bulldog News in the University District.
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Seattle city government changed on Monday when three new members were sworn in to the Seattle City Council. Lisa Herbold, Rob Johnson and Debora Juarez join the ranks of the new, majority female council.

As the city greets its new officials, we also say goodbye to some council members. Jean Godden has been on the Seattle City Council for more than a decade. Bill Radke speaks with her about Now returning to life outside city hall.

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David Hyde talks to one of Seattle's newest and youngest City Councilmembers Rob Johnson about his top three priorities for the council and the rap music that got him through the campaign. 

Apartment buildings in the University District, Seattle.
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Bill Radke speaks with Columbia Legal Services attorney Merf Ehman and Evan Loeffler, a lawyer who focuses on landlord tenant relations, about a proposal before the Seattle City Council that would change how landlords are allowed to screen tenants. 

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Jeannie Yandel speaks with Scott Bonjukian about his proposal before the Seattle City Council to build a lid over the downtown Interstate 5 corridor to create a new central park for the city.

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The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to become the first city in the nation to allow Uber, Lyft and other for-hire drivers to unionize.

Councilmember Mike O'Brien said the vote was consistent with other recent protection for local workers, like the $15 minimum wage and paid sick leave.

Bill Radke speaks with Dawn Gearhart and Paul Guppy about whether or not for-hire drivers should be allowed to unionize in Seattle. If the Seattle City Council votes to approve legislation allowing unionization, Seattle would be the first city in the country to take this step. 

Gearhart is a union representative from Teamsters 117. Guppy is the vice president for research at the Washington Policy Center. 

Lisa Herbold at the former Linda Manor Apartments in West Seattle’s Gatewood neighborhood.
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Bill Radke talks to new Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, who represents West Seattle and South Park, about her top three priorities for Seattle. 

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In advance of the Thanksgiving holiday, The Record brought in a panel to talk about some of the key issues happening in the news.

  • Race and justice issues provoked protests at college campuses in Washington state and all over the country this month. Students of color are calling for safer spaces on campus. 
  • The Seattle City Council said no to increasing parental leave from four weeks to 12.  
  • And how do you talk politics with your family on Thanksgiving?

Bill Radke talks over the news with Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez, journalist Erica C. Barnett and University of Washington philosophy professor Michael Blake.

Other guests include Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer, Columbia journalism professor Todd Gitlin, and Lizzie Post, co-host of the podcast Amazing Etiquette.

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