Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn accompanied investors Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer to New York City last week to pitch the return of the Sonics to Seattle to the NBA. We'll hear how things went from his perspective. What decision does he expect from NBA owners later this month? Also, Seattle has seen two tragic fatal DUI accidents in recent weeks. Do our DUI laws need a second look? Mayor McGinn answers these questions and more. Have a question for the mayor? Call 206.543.5869 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New construction in South Lake Union would block the view of the Space Needle from a park. What views from public places are protected? What Seattle sites are considered so important there are rules to keep them from being blocked? Should there be more?
Ross Reynolds talks with the director of Seattle's Department of Planning and Development Marshall Foster and tries to see the bigger picture when it comes to public views.
Ron Sims in his former role as King County executive at the press conference that announced that President Obama nominated him to be deputy secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2009.
Former King County Executive Ron Sims has retired from his position as deputy secretary for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Will he join the race to be Seattle’s next mayor? He joins us to answer that question.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says the city's next gun buyback will be different. Last month, the city's first buyback program in 20 years took in more than 700 pistols and rifles (and a missile launcher tube used for training). It also saw an impromptu gun show unfold downtown as private buyers snapped up guns for themselves. Mayor McGinn joins us in the studio to talk gun laws. We’ll also discuss his decision to shut down the Seattle Police Department's drone program and why surveillance cameras along Alki in West Seattle won’t be turned on just yet. Have a question for the mayor? Have a question for the mayor? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to email@example.com.
Thousands of years ago this skeleton was a Giant Ground Sloth. These gigantic, bear-like animals were once common all over North America. This guy was around roughly at the end of the Ice-Age.
Credit Burke Museum
The point of this native spear head is big enough that it was likely used to hunt large land mammals like deer or elk in the Seattle area. This spear point was found near the Burke-Gilman trail on the University of Washington campus.
Credit Burke Museum
During the Treaty War of 1855-1856, many Seattle settlers fled for safety to Fort Decatur. This flag was sewn there by the women of Seattle and the countryside during the long, anxious days in the blockhouse, waiting for the siege to end.
Credit Museum of History and Industry
Shoes like these were imported from China only to be worn by Chinese citizens. These specific shoes were found in a warehouse in the 1960s. They became the inspiration for the Wing-Luke Museum.
Credit Wing Luke Museum
In 1889, a Swedish immigrant was melting glue in this pot and neglected to watch it carefully. The glue boiled over and ignited the wood shavings and sawdust on the floor and onto Madison Street. Twenty-nine blocks in downtown Seattle burned.
Credit Museum of History and Industry
This sailmaker's palm was used to push thread through thick sail material. The needle would be placed on the thimble area and pushed through the sail.
Credit Nordic Heritage Museum
Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, more than 7,000 Japanese Americans were moved out of the Seattle area to the Minidoka Relocation Center near Hunt, Idaho. This sign was posted on Bainbridge Island.
Credit Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
The B-17 Flying Fortress served the Allied cause around the globe during World War II. Over 12,700 of Boeing's long-range bombers were built by men and women in US factories by the end of the war; 2,300 of those were built on Boeing Field.
Credit Museum of Flight
"The Feminine One" by David Lemon has been owned by the Steinbrueck family since the 1950s. According to Victor Steinbrueck, who helped design the Space Needle, the small wooden sculpture’s construction was a source of inspiration for the Seattle icon.
Credit Dale Cotton
Seattle's Congress Of Racial Equality (CORE) used these signs in successful picketing and boycott against employment discrimination in October 1961. At the start only 6 out of 1,700 Safeway employees were black; three months later, there were 28.
Credit Northwest African American Museum
Jimi Hendrix used this Fender Stratocaster to play his famous rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock in 1969. It is also the guitar he used in his final concert in 1970.
Credit EMP Museum
Fish tossed to crowds at Pike Place Market have been seen in "Sleepless in Seattle" and on MTV’s "Real World." The fish market is a tourism magnet in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, attracting crowds of more than 10,000 people per day in the summer.
Credit Pike Place Fish Market
A cardigan worn by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. The guys in the band dressed like their audience, making them more accessible than the rock gods of the past. The music and style of dress that became known as grunge defined Seattle to the rest of the world.
Credit EMP Museum
Sea turtle costumes worn in protest during the 1999 WTO conference in Seattle to protest a ruling that threatened the existence of endangered sea turtles. Those who wore them had to promise to return them and refrain from violence.
What do a burned glue pot, a vintage cardigan and a Starbucks coffee cup share in common? In this case, each represents a chapter in Seattle's history. Inspired by the BBC's A History of the World In 100 Objects, we reached out to local museum curators, artifact owners, writers and historians to help us narrow down a list of 25 objects that tell Seattle’s story. Writer and author Knute Berger and MOHAI historian Lorraine McConaghy join us for a look into the past.
Hundreds of people came out on a chilly Saturday morning to exchange their guns for $100 and $200 Amazon.com gift cards in the first guy buyback event held in Seattle in 20 years. People stood in line holding rifles in camouflage cases and shot guns wrapped in blankets among other things. Traffic clogged up city streets near the parking lot where the event took place.
It's official — Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is running for reelection. At a campaign kickoff last week, he laid out his vision of Seattle as the “city of the future,” and promised to work harder on job training, public safety, early education and transit. We’ll get into those details with Mayor McGinn. We'll also discuss the city’s new gun buyback program and, of course, those Sonics rumors. Have a question for the mayor? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are police drones coming to Seattle skies? Protesters raised the alarm about SPD plans for unmanned aerial vehicles at a raucous public meeting last month. Mayor Mike McGinn joins us in our studios to talk about SPD drones, next steps for police reform and the latest news on the city budget. Have a question for the mayor? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write email@example.com.
Map based on 2010 census date. Red = non-Hispanic white, blue = African-American, green = Asian-American, orange = Hispanic, yellow = other. Each dot represents 25 residents. (Flickr Photo: Eric Fischer)