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February 18, 2015 at 1:33 PM

Seattle mayor’s legal counsel announces bid for City Council

Less than two hours after Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark dropped her re-election bid Wednesday, Mayor Ed Murray’s legal counsel, M. Lorena González, declared for the seat that Clark had been seeking. Seven of the council’s nine spots are moving to representation by geographic district this year. But two will remain citywide seats, including the…

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Comments | More in Local government, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, M. Lorena González, Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark

February 18, 2015 at 9:15 AM

Sally Clark won’t run for Seattle City Council re-election

Update: Read the full story here. Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark has decided to not seek re-election this year. On the council since 2006 and its former president, Clark has been registered to run for one of two remaining citywide seats as seven of the council’s positions move to election by geographic district in 2015. But…

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Comments | More in Local government, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark

February 12, 2015 at 10:14 AM

It’s Wild West Seattle as 3 more City Council hopefuls announce

West Seattle is becoming the Wild West of Seattle politics. Three additional Seattle City Council hopefuls announced 1st District bids Wednesday, upping the total number of candidates in the race to seven. The new entrants are Brianna Thomas, Shannon Braddock and Lisa Herbold. The 1st District includes West Seattle’s, with all of its various neighborhoods, Delridge and…

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Comments | More in Local government, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Brianna Thomas, Delridge

February 10, 2015 at 11:21 AM

Tenants Union leader will take on Burgess or Clark in Seattle City Council campaign

Jonathan Grant wants to be the new Nick Licata. Grant, executive director of the Tenants Union of Washington State, announced his Seattle City Council candidacy Tuesday with a tip of his hat to the longtime, lefty council member. Licata said last month he won’t pursue re-election. “With Nick Licata announcing he will not run again, I decided to…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Brighton, Jonathan Grant

February 9, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Longtime organizer returns to Nickelsville tent city

Residents of Seattle’s Nickelsville homeless encampment voted over the weekend to reinstate longtime organizer Scott Morrow, said Sharon Lee, executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute, a financial backer of the tent city. They also voted to bar residents Anthony Jenkins and Lisa Hooper, who helped oust Morrow last month, Lee said. Lee’s nonprofit and the church that…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: homeless encampments, Low Income Housing Institute, Nickelsville

February 6, 2015 at 9:59 AM

In North Seattle, City Council candidate promises doorstep talks

Mercedes Elizalde thinks the race to represent the Seattle City Council’s 5th District will be won or lost on neighborhood doorsteps. Elizalde is the most recent candidate to launch a campaign in the North Seattle district as the council moves to geographic representation this year for seven of its nine seats. The 28-year-old, who rents an…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Halei Watkins, Mercedes Eliazalde

February 5, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Results from Seattle mayor’s housing affordability panel

Updating the Seattle City Council’s housing committee Thursday on the progress of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee, city officials presented feedback from three community meetings and early results from an online public survey. The public meetings were held last November and December. There were 2,466 responses to the online survey, which…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: affordable housing, Housing Affordability and Livability Committee, seattle city council

February 3, 2015 at 5:49 PM

Seattle tent-city residents raise concerns about proposed legislation

Residents of two homeless encampments raised concerns Tuesday about a proposed ordinance that would authorize and regulate up to three additional tent cities in Seattle, potentially on city property. Speaking during the public comment period of a Seattle City Council land-use committee meeting, several residents of Tent City 3 thanked Seattle Mayor Ed Murray for proposing…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: homeless encampments, homelessness, Nickelsville

February 2, 2015 at 10:58 AM

O’Brien will face challenger in Seattle City Council district race

Mike O’Brien won’t win re-election without a fight. When the current Seattle City Council member announced last week that he would seek the council’s 6th District seat, he was the only candidate in the race. Not anymore. Catherine Weatbrook, a Ballard community leader who co-chairs the City Neighborhood Council -– the elected, citizen-led advisory group that coordinates city…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, 6th Seattle City Council District, Ballard

February 2, 2015 at 9:53 AM

Grading the attendance of Seattle City Council members

They have other duties, but Seattle City Council members primarily go to meetings – a lot of meetings. There were 48 full council meetings and more than 200 committee meetings in 2014, according to a review of council meeting attendance by The Seattle Times. And most of the time, the council members showed up. Members are required to attend each…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, attendance, meetings

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