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August 16, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Woodland Park Zoo: Open records

Kudos to the editorial board for its unwavering advocacy for the Woodland Park Zoo elephants — and its demand that the City Council live up to the accountability and transparency promises of Proposition 1 advocates by requiring the zoo to open its records [“Council can pressure zoo,” Opinion, Aug. 10]. In addition to the…


Comments | More in Woodland Park Zoo | Topics: Beverly Marcus, City Council, elephants

June 5, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Steinbrueck contract: Why trust in government is failing

It is bad enough that Mayor Ed Murray gave a $98,000 contract to a political supporter, former Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck, without competitive bidding [“Key backer of mayor wins $98,000, no-bid city contract,” Local News, June 3]. Worse, however, is that it appears the job was created to give Steinbrueck something to do. Tom Hauger,…


Comments | More in Mayor's office | Topics: City Council, Mayor Ed Murray, Peter Steinbrueck

May 31, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Minimum wage: A model for the nation

The $15 minimum-wage proposal passing is a huge step for the economy [“$15 minimum wage proposal heads to Monday City Council vote,” The Today File, May 29]. Many minimum-wage workers today are not teenage kids, but rather parents and adults who need to support themselves and families. To assume that one can look down…


Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: City Council, Jena Lovejoy, Minimum Wage

December 25, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Ridesharing: We don’t all have smartphones

The Times editorial “City Council rideshare plan hurts innovation” [Opinion, Dec. 23] ignores a very important piece of the relevant policy considerations. The folks who use these new systems have smartphones; others cannot utilize any advantages rideshares might offer over taxis.

Even in tech-savvy Seattle, a substantial portion of the population does not have a smartphone. This is largely a function of economics, although personal choice may play a role for some who are affluent enough but chose to forego such a device.


Comments | More in City Council, Rideshare | Topics: City Council, Lyft, Rideshare

June 19, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Nicklesville draws attention as City Council fights homelessness

Getting the homeless inside is a priority Patience with Nicklesville has proved useless. [“Editorial: Seattle Council presses on against homelessness,” Opinion, June 17.] But the first priority of the Seattle City Council and the Legislature is the construction or securing of buildings to house the homeless.The Times is right to urge more mental health and chemical…


Comments | More in Economy, Politics, Seattle | Topics: City Council, homeless, homelessness

June 12, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Property taxes may fund council campaigns

Give taxpayers a choice The proposal to finance Seattle City Council campaigns with a property-tax levy is a bad measure and seems like yet another grab for money — $1.5 million — by politicians to benefit what group? Ah yes, the politicians. No surprise there [“Seattle considers tax levy to fund council campaigns,” NWMonday, June…


Comments | Topics: campaign finance, City Council, property tax

March 12, 2013 at 4:00 PM

New buildings could block some views of the Space Needle

The Space Needle is a Seattle icon Drive the southbound I-5 corridor anytime in the evening, rain or shine, and what stands out? The most amazing view of the Space Needle surrounded by the lights of the city. It is iconic. It is beautiful and it is Seattle. When we first read about impending decisions regarding the…


Comments | More in Seattle | Topics: City Council, The Space Needle