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Photo courtesy of Volunteer Park Trust: People working during Volunteer Park Trust's Fall Restoration Day.
Photo courtesy of Volunteer Park Trust: People working during Volunteer Park Trust's Fall Restoration Day.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 11:36 AM
Volunteer Park Trust chairman Brian Giddens shares what's been going on in the park and what's ahead.
  • Assessor: Why property taxes are going up
    It’s that time of year again: property tax statements have recently come out from King County. Taxes are going up, and it’s important to understand why, and it’s also important that we begin discussing some of the problems that are emerging with our property tax system.
  • Recent statements made by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions have many local residents asking this question:  Is Washington state’s legal recreational marijuana law in jeopardy?
  • First a soda tax, then a property tax, and now a countywide sales tax? Why are you considering every tax option except one that would fundamentally transform our unequal tax structure?
  • For the birds: CHS blog takes a break
    Reflecting on a well-deserved break for Capitol Hill Seattle blog's Justin Carder after a decade of service to the neighborhood, and also sharing favorite memories of his competitive pecking.
  • A reoccurring story I keep hearing from my friends and acquaintances in Seattle is what I call the “Big Move.”
    As Seattle grows and develops, the cost of real state and rents have gone through the roof, leading to the displacement of an entire population of people who have lived here all of their lives.

  • Sawant not likely going anywhere
    There are definitely some very sharp differences between supporters of socialist Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and Donald Trump. They can complain all they want, but she still accomplished something the so-called president did not — winning the popular vote.
  • From Russian Seattle with love
    As we grapple with the question of possible influence by Russian President Vladimir Putin over Donald Trump, I became curious about our Russian-American neighbors. Growing up in New York, one couldn’t avoid the influence of the millions of Poles, Jews and other Eastern Europeans who had fled their czarist or communist rulers, but retained an abiding love for Russia’s people and culture.   
  • The schedule for a draft EIS for upzone proposals to coincide with Seattle's Mandatory Housing Affordability program has been extended, meaning two more months to solicit feedback. Unfortunately, renters shouldn't expect anyone from the city to knock on their doors.
  • Seattle has been famous for major protests since the mass demonstrations against the World Trade Organization attracted worldwide attention in 1999. There have been numerous anti-war marches, Occupy Wall Street encampments, civil rights rallies, Black Lives Matter protests, etc., over the last two decades. Our annual Martin Luther King Celebration Day marches remain some of the largest in the country.
  • It would be easy to blame Mayor Ed Murray for pulling the plug, since his office sent the news release last Friday, after five but before six, as has become common custom for the city executive when needing to transmit bad news.
  • Importance of protest in a Trump United States
    The night of Nov. 8, I stood outside of Uncle Ike’s on 23rd and Union, watching with stunned appreciation as the line of people clamoring to get inside snaked through the parking lot. There were more people than I’d ever seen in a pot shop standing outside of this one tonight.
  • Democracy vouchers a worthy experiment for public financing
    Among the typical deluge of bills and junk mail, something else arrived in many Seattle mailboxes earlier this month.
  • Tell you what: I’ve lived in Capitol Hill, off and on, for 32 years. Now it’s time to hit the trail, take off, pack it in, ship out, shove off, shake a leg, make like a baby and head out, amscray, beat it, scoot, split, blow this popsicle stand, clear out, push off, make tracks and kiss this clip-joint goodbye. I’ve got my reasons, not least of which is the ridiculous cost of living here.
  • There’s no arguing that keeping children out of jail would be a great accomplishment for our criminal justice system, and we’ve seen the King County Prosecutor’s Office, in just this past year alone, creating programs aimed at doing just that.
  • Get Engaged 2016-2017 Cohort letter opposing new youth jail

    Get Engaged 2016-2017 Cohort - a group of youth commissioners committed to social justice in Seattle - sent this letter opposing the new Children and Family Justice Center to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine on Dec. 27. 

  • Concerned about all the talk about the Cascadia Earthquake Zone, I’ve been investigating disaster preparation for my co-op building, with the thought of also sharing it with you readers. Unexpectedly, on Nov. 8, it was our nation’s civic fissures that cracked open, sending tremors likely to shake our world far into the future. 
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