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Outside City Hall is a column by John Fox and Carolee Colter of the Seattle Displacement Coalition that has been appearing in Pacific Publishing newspapers and elsewhere since 2004. This web site was recently established to further inform the public of these important issues.
Award-winning journalist George Howland Jr.is writing opinion pieces and local news stories for this site under his own editorial direction.
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Category Archives: Budget
At $286 million and $150 million above original cost estimates, the Center City Streetcar project receives Durkan’s blessing; will our City Council buy this piece of underwater beachfront? Last week, Mayor Durkan announced her support of what now is the … Continue reading
City cuts funding for urban rest stops, shelter, and transitional housing: advocates say the move means more homelessness
Millions in funding for homeless programs are being moved from shelter and tested services to ‘rapid rehousing’. Advocates say only calls to electeds can stop a ‘colossal mistake’ Immediately following the budget process, outgoing ‘placeholder’ Mayor Tim Burgess held a … Continue reading
Neil Powers looks into some of the pros and cons of creating one here in Seattle (Special note: Outside City Hall was going to post this story later accompanying it with another post examining the legal and constitutional issues some … Continue reading
State Senator Bob Hasegawa, D-11th District, is running for Seattle mayor and critiques HALA, wants to empower neighborhoods and levy impact fees on new development By Neil Powers Since 2005, Bob Hasegawa, 64, has been a member of the Washington … Continue reading
Sandeep Kaushik works for Murray’s re-election and lobbies for Comcast and other corporations Seattle’s biggest lobbyist, Sandeep Kaushik, is also a political consultant to Mayor Ed Murray’s re-election campaign. In 2016, Kaushik earned $186,000 lobbying the Seattle City Council on … Continue reading
Mayor Murray resists Trump; Sawant leads protest; city council defies Murray Over the last two weeks, I’ve been proud of Seattle City Hall. First, Mayor Ed Murray and city councilmembers declared they would fight the Trump administration. Next, Councilmember Kshama … Continue reading
Mayor’s Budget Lowlights: business as usual – still favoring Downtown, South Lake Union (SLU), and streetcars
Another bailout of the SLU Streetcar: city planners question whether plan runs afoul of the city’s race & social justice initiative Yet, Mayor moves forward with a $151 million plan for a new “Center City” streetcar serving downtown. Like northend police … Continue reading