Josh Kelety

King County Bans Solitary Confinement of Juveniles

Policy shift comes as part of a settlement in response to a 2017 lawsuit

Bellevue police arrest the suspect as seen from as seen from King County Sheriff’s Guardian One helicopter. Screenshot from the King County Sheriff Air Support YouTube page
Bellevue police arrest the suspect as seen from as seen from King County Sheriff’s Guardian One helicopter. Screenshot from the King County Sheriff Air Support YouTube page

Race For King County Prosecutor Heats Up at Seattle Forum

Former public defender Daron Morris slams incumbent Dan Satterberg for the use of bail in the county justice system

Democratic Socialist to Run Against Rep. Adam Smith in Nov. Election

After coming up short in early results for Aug. 7 primary, Sarah Smith moves into second place

Sparks Continue to Fly Over Safeco Field Maintenance Funding

PFD board member argues that $180 million in public money for stadium upkeep lets Mariners off the hook.

The Roundup: White supremacy, teacher salaries and a homemade bomb

• Over 100 people rallied outside the Crossroads Bellevue shopping center on Aug. 5 to protest the presence of white supremacist fliers that emerged around… Continue reading

Adam Smith Beats Democratic Challenger in 9th Congressional District

The incumbent easily outpaced his Republican and Democratic Socialist challengers.

King County Executive Dow Constantine addresses One Table members at the group’s Aug. 3 meeting at Seattle City Hall. Photo by Josh Kelety

One Table Has No Clear Game Plan for Regional Homelessness

Seattle and King County’s joint task force to address the crisis still only has vague strategies.

King County Executive Dow Constantine addresses One Table members at the group’s Aug. 3 meeting at Seattle City Hall. Photo by Josh Kelety
Organizations like the ACLU are pushing against law enforcement using facial recognition software. A recent test of Amazon’s tech falsely identified 28 members of Congress as criminals. Image courtesy ACLU

Property Tax Levy for Law Enforcement Fingerprinting System Could Lead to Facial Recognition

Civil liberty advocates argue that the ballot measure’s language opens the door for inaccurate facial ID technology.

Organizations like the ACLU are pushing against law enforcement using facial recognition software. A recent test of Amazon’s tech falsely identified 28 members of Congress as criminals. Image courtesy ACLU
King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, a previous sponsor of the legislation to put $180 million in public funding towards Safeco Field upkeep, has pulled her support from the bill. Photo by Cacophony/Wikipedia Commons

King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles Reverses Course on Safeco Field Funding

One of the proposal’s original sponsors now wants to allocate more money to affordable housing.

King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, a previous sponsor of the legislation to put $180 million in public funding towards Safeco Field upkeep, has pulled her support from the bill. Photo by Cacophony/Wikipedia Commons
Photo by David Wilson/Flickr

Advocates Call on King County to Fund Affordable Housing Instead of Safeco Field

While pressure mounts, councilmembers are non-committal about the plan to spend $180 million on stadium upkeep.

Photo by David Wilson/Flickr
Prior to the City Council’s vote, Bellevue community members were able to place votes 
on what type of zoning homeless shelters should be located in. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo
Prior to the City Council’s vote, Bellevue community members were able to place votes 
on what type of zoning homeless shelters should be located in. Evan Pappas/Staff Photo
Under new proposed policies, Metro would reduce fare evasion fines and make punishments less severe. Photo by SounderBruce/Flickr

County Executive Proposes More Forgiving Metro Fare Enforcement Policies

The move comes after an audit found the current system disproportionately impacts homeless riders.

Under new proposed policies, Metro would reduce fare evasion fines and make punishments less severe. Photo by SounderBruce/Flickr
The King County Sheriff Office claims that the suspect that a deputy shot during an altercation at a parking garage near Kent Station was carrying a rifle. Photo by Josh Kelety

King County Sheriff’s Deputy Fatally Shoots Suspect in Kent

The incident occurred after a suspect in a stolen car allegedly reached for a rifle.

The King County Sheriff Office claims that the suspect that a deputy shot during an altercation at a parking garage near Kent Station was carrying a rifle. Photo by Josh Kelety
King County Council is proposing measures that would impact gun storage and sales. Photo by zaphad1/Flickr

King County Councilmembers Push Safe Storage Gun Regulation

Gun rights groups have threatened legal action over the measure.

King County Council is proposing measures that would impact gun storage and sales. Photo by zaphad1/Flickr

Seattle Mariners Won’t Renew Safeco Field Lease Without County Taxpayer Funds

A potential reallocation of $180 million in maintenance funds puts things in a “very precarious” position.

Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta stands alongside family members, Burien Police Chief Ted Boe, and Burien City Manager Brian Wilson at a July 23 press conference. Photo by Josh Kelety

Burien Mayor Assaulted in Potential Hate Crime

The King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the attack against the Latinx Mayor Jimmy Matta.

Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta stands alongside family members, Burien Police Chief Ted Boe, and Burien City Manager Brian Wilson at a July 23 press conference. Photo by Josh Kelety
Vashion Island Rowers Jacob Plihal and Baxter Call (second from left and far right) train for the World Rowing Under 23 Championships on the water between Quartermaster Harbor and Point Defiance. Photo by Christine Plihal
Vashion Island Rowers Jacob Plihal and Baxter Call (second from left and far right) train for the World Rowing Under 23 Championships on the water between Quartermaster Harbor and Point Defiance. Photo by Christine Plihal
While King County Metro has been testing out several trial electric buses since since 2016, the agency aims to have a fully electric bus fleet by 2040. Photo by SounderBruce/Flickr

King County Rolls on With Its Electric Bus Fleet Plans

With an overhaul set by 2040, a new report shows the economic and health benefits of going electric.

While King County Metro has been testing out several trial electric buses since since 2016, the agency aims to have a fully electric bus fleet by 2040. Photo by SounderBruce/Flickr
Nikkita Oliver speaks at a July 17 No New Youth Jail press conference in front of the construction site of the King County Youth Detention Center. Photo by Josh Kelety

King County Youth Detention Center Moves Forward Despite Opposition

As community criticism of the project mounts, King County tries to take a middle road.

Nikkita Oliver speaks at a July 17 No New Youth Jail press conference in front of the construction site of the King County Youth Detention Center. Photo by Josh Kelety