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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 8:23 AM

The Seattle City Council passed an income tax on the city’s highest earners on Monday, with the next major hurdle to be fighting to keep it.
Individuals will pay a 2.25 percent tax for income above $250,000, as will couples making more than $500,000 and filing jointly. Those who don’t qualify will not have to file documentation showing so.

  • Two bike-share companies ride into Seattle

    Seattle’s new pilot program runs through December, and is open to private companies to fill the bike share gap Pronto’s exodus left behind.
    San Francisco-based bike-share company Spin launched on Monday, July 19, and is being followed by LimeBike out of San Mateo, California.

  • Hands off: New distracted driving law takes effect July 23
    Drivers in Washington will need to keep their hands off their phones while on the road or face a potential fine starting Sunday, July 23.
  • Recent sex-abuse docs against mayor attract council attention
    In light of a Sunday report by the Seattle Times that an Oregon child-welfare investigator in 1984 concluded Mayor Ed Murray likely molested his foster son while living in Portland, City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez is asking the mayor to consider resigning. She is also asking the council to consider whether it needs to take action to remove Murray in order to maintain public confidence in city government.
  • One Center City contemplates Pike/Pine protected bike lanes
    The One Center City Advisory Group continues to strategize how to connect Downtown to Capitol Hill through protected bike lanes on Pike and Pine streets, with the first length likely to be from Second to Eighth avenues.
  • First Hill Find It, Fix It
    First Hill residents had the attention of the mayor and various city department officials during Tuesday evening’s Find It, Fix It Community Walk, where they highlighted neighborhood grievances and heard possible solutions in return.
  • City passes income tax on Seattle's highest earners

    The Seattle City Council passed an income tax on the city’s highest earners on Monday, with the next major hurdle to be fighting to keep it.
    Individuals will pay a 2.25 percent tax for income above $250,000, as will couples making more than $500,000 and filing jointly. Those who don’t qualify will not have to file documentation showing so.

  • Jayapal gives Trumpcare a poor diagnosis

    When Leigh Pate was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2011, her insurance plan had a $5,000 deductible.
    By the time she was in remission, her treatment rang in at more than $300,000, at least $15,000 of which she was liable for. When Pate was diagnosed with fallopian tube cancer in December 2016, she wasn’t sure how she would pay for it.

  • Anti-transgender initiative fails to make signature deadline
    The Just Want Privacy Campaign was a no-show to the Washington Secretary of State’s Office for the Friday deadline to turn over at least 260,000 valid petition signatures to place Initiative 1552 on the November ballot.
    Opponents of the initiative are calling it a victory for the state’s transgender community.
  • Design Commission questions WSCC Addition urban park
    As much as they like the concept, the Seattle Design Commission is still determining whether a nearly 30,000-square-foot rooftop garden on the Washington State Convention Center Addition qualifies as a public benefit.
  • Homeless shelter funding likely out of public benefits package
    Funding to purchase a new homeless shelter for Operation Nightwatch likely won’t make it into the next public benefits proposal for the Washington State Convention Center addition, the developer said.
  • First Hill, SLU streetcar ridership misses projections
    A semi-annual report on the South Lake Union and First Hill Streetcar lines didn’t instill confidence in every city councilmember on the Sustainability and Transportation Committee last Thursday. Still, all approved accepting federal funds to connect the two with a Center City segment.
  • Pike People Street returns

    The tripling down of Pike People Street during the third year of the pilot program to improve safety and walkability in Capitol Hill starts Saturday.
    First tested over three Saturdays in August 2015, Pike People Street is a program that creates a pedestrian-only portion of East Pike while attempting to activate the space for socialization, entertainment, shopping and dining.

  • Signal changes on Broadway
    Changes have been made to improve pedestrian mobility and safety at two highly walked intersections along Broadway Avenue East, and more are on the way as that part of Capitol Hill braces for transit-oriented development.
  • Committee reviews city income tax legislation
    The Seattle City Council addressed some of the finer points of its draft income tax legislation during Wednesday’s Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods & Finance Committee meeting
  • First Hill site cleared for affordable housing

    The Sound Transit Board of Directors approved a resolution Thursday declaring surplus property in First Hill suitable for housing development.
    Staff will now begin the process of determining how to ease the burden of creating affordable housing on the site for nonprofit developers.

  • City runs down impacts of mandatory housing affordability
    The Capitol Hill Renter Initiative was first to receive an overview presentation of the findings on an impact study for Seattle’s Mandatory Housing Affordability program.
  • Update: City denies Bite of Pride permit; Broadway BIA funding new Capitol Hill Pride Festival organizer
    The city of Seattle has denied a permit request from the Capitol Hill Pride Festival, March & Rally for its Bite of Pride event that had been set to replace the historic Pride Weekend festival on June 24, but the Broadway Business Improvement Association has already identified a new organization to take over the festival.
  • Council receives feedback on proposed income tax on highest earners
    Once again, supporters of an income tax on Seattle’s wealthiest residents gathered in City Council chambers, calling for more revenue to combat homelessness and support other public amenities.
  • Mary Ruth Manor ready for next 40 years providing affordable housing
    The new dark green exterior on the Mary Ruth Manor shined against the dreary skies as the affordable housing organization Capitol Hill Housing unveiled the newly renovated apartment building on June 8.
  • Hearing Examiner denies museum expansion appeal

    The Seattle Hearing Examiner has dismissed an appeal of the master use permit issued for the Seattle Asian Art Museum renovation and expansion.

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