Ruby de Luna
Ruby de Luna is a reporter with a focus on food and how it intersects with health, communities, and culture. She has also reported on health care, and immigrant communities.
Ruby is a transplant from Taipei, Taiwan. She holds a B.A. in communication from Seattle Pacific University. She is proud to be one of the few old-schoolers who can edit tape with a razor blade.
Languages: English, Conversational Mandarin, Tagalog
Professional Affiliations: Member, AAJA
You've probably heard the phrase, "It's the thought that counts." That's the theme of a holiday series we're bringing you this month, because 'tis the season for a number of holiday traditions and feelings.
Chief Seattle Club, a nonprofit that provides social services to Seattle’s urban Native people, has a new café featuring Indigenous foods. The name of the café is ?ál?al, pronounced "ahl-ahl."
When Seattle started taxing soda and sugary drinks in 2018, part of the intent was to reduce consumption. The good news: people drank less soda. The bad news: it meant reduced funds for programs that help vulnerable communities. As the city council prepares to vote on the 2023 budget, it made some changes to avoid deep cuts. But it’s a short-term fix.
Congressmember Pramila Jayapal says the merger will stifle competition, hurt consumers, and small businesses, and will ultimately lead to higher prices and fewer products on the market.
Local governments need to rely more on data to address homelessness in their communities, according to a recent state audit that focused on two cities —Seattle and Spokane, and two counties — Snohomish and Yakima.
Washington state will no longer lease state-owned aquatic land for fish farms. The Department of Natural Resources informed Cooke Aquaculture that it will not renew its leases for two Puget Sound fish farms.
Historically, many food banks started small, usually in church basements or as an extension of a religious organization. But starting with the pandemic, demand has been rising, with no signs of letting up any time soon. And increasingly, food banks are providing more than nourishment.
Public utility crews have been working around the clock to restore electricity following last Friday's windstorm. While power is back for more 220,000 customers since then, crews are still working on a number of big jobs, according to Snohomish County PUD.
A King County Superior Court has temporary blocked Albertsons from making cash dividend payments to shareholders. The payout is part of a potential merger between two supermarket giants--Albertsons and Kroger.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit Tuesday to prevent Albertsons from paying $4 billion to its shareholders before a proposed merger with Kroger can be reviewed by state and federal regulators.