Melissa Hellmann

Iosia Faletogo was fatally shot by police on Dec. 31, 2018. Photo via Facebook

Local Samoan Community Reacts to Fatal Police Shooting

Following the death of Iosia Faletogo, community leaders brainstorm creation of cultural home.

 

Seattle Public Schools superintendent finalist Denise Juneau served two terms as Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Parents and Students Weigh In on School District’s Strategic Plan

The draft proposal lists Seattle Public Schools’ priorities for the next three to five years.

 

Seattle Set to Propose Eviction Reform

A forthcoming resolution follows the recommendations from a 2018 report.

 

Members of the Tlingit and Haida Washington Chapter held a meeting between the Washington State Patrol and urban indigenous organizations on December 21, 2018 at Seattle’s Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Urban Indigenous Communities Push for Action to Address Violence Against Women

A new law seeks to strength data collection on missing and murdered indigenous women.

Members of the Tlingit and Haida Washington Chapter held a meeting between the Washington State Patrol and urban indigenous organizations on December 21, 2018 at Seattle’s Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Franklin High School. Photo by Joe Wolf/Flickr

Substance Use Policy Revision Keeps Kids in Seattle Schools

Counseling and an individualized plans for students caught using drugs and alcohol has led to a decrease in suspensions at Seattle Public Schools.

Franklin High School. Photo by Joe Wolf/Flickr
VashonBePrepared President Vicky de Monterey Richoux keeps several bins with supplies in the back of her car. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Vashon Island Seen as National Model for Disaster Readiness

The small island community relies on local volunteers and individual awareness to prepare for a major earthquake.

VashonBePrepared President Vicky de Monterey Richoux keeps several bins with supplies in the back of her car. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Puget Sound Prepares For The Big One

Three years after an alarming report made national headlines, locals are quietly preparing for disaster.

Mary Lynn Pannen, founder and CEO of Sound Options, has consulted thousands of Washington families on geriatric care for 30 years. Photo courtesy of Sound Options

Seattle Takes on Elder Abuse as Reported Cases Rise

Local agencies and geriatric care managers aim to increase public awareness about the epidemic.

Mary Lynn Pannen, founder and CEO of Sound Options, has consulted thousands of Washington families on geriatric care for 30 years. Photo courtesy of Sound Options
The Ride2 transit app will offer on-demand rides to and from West Seattle starting on Dec. 17. Courtesy of King County Metro

Climate Action Coalition Urges City to Respond to Seattle Squeeze

MASS asks the city to prioritize reducing traffic and increasing pedestrian safety ahead of the Alaskan Way Viaduct’s closure.

The Ride2 transit app will offer on-demand rides to and from West Seattle starting on Dec. 17. Courtesy of King County Metro
Andrea Bernard, Allycea Weil, and Phoenix Johnson (left to right) are Licton Springs K-8 parents who want their kids to stay in the Native-centered program. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Licton Springs K-8 Parents Dismayed by Potential School Move

The PTO says children have benefited from the Native-centered program, and that transferring the pupils would disrupt their progress.

Andrea Bernard, Allycea Weil, and Phoenix Johnson (left to right) are Licton Springs K-8 parents who want their kids to stay in the Native-centered program. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Seattle Municipal Court’s warrant outreach event on Nov. 30, 2017. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Seattle Takes Steps to Quash Warrants

City Attorney attempts to address inequities in criminal justice system and enhance public safety.

Seattle Municipal Court’s warrant outreach event on Nov. 30, 2017. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Mustafa Getahun and other Washington Federation of State Employees laundry workers picket University of Washington Medicine at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery on May 17, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Washington Federation of State Employees

University of Washington Laundry Workers Feel Hung Out to Dry

The Rainier Valley facility’s imminent closure leaves over 100 people looking for new jobs.

Mustafa Getahun and other Washington Federation of State Employees laundry workers picket University of Washington Medicine at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery on May 17, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Washington Federation of State Employees
Danni Askini’s Swedish asylum seeker card. Courtesy of Danni Askini

Danni Askini Seeks Asylum in Sweden

The transgender activist says she feels erased.

Danni Askini’s Swedish asylum seeker card. Courtesy of Danni Askini
Rhino riggers protest outside of the Jay-Z and Beyonce show outside of Seattle’s CenturyLink Field on Oct. 4, 2018. Photo courtesy of IATSE

The Backstage Blues: Riggers Complain of Unfair Labor Practices

Theatrical stage employees come for the music and stay for the thrill. But at what price?

Rhino riggers protest outside of the Jay-Z and Beyonce show outside of Seattle’s CenturyLink Field on Oct. 4, 2018. Photo courtesy of IATSE
The Seattle City Council voted in favor of the police union’s contract. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

City Council Approves Controversial Police Contract

Despite strong opposition, the majority of councilmembers ratified the agreement.

The Seattle City Council voted in favor of the police union’s contract. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Seattle police car. Photo by Dmitri Fedortchenko, Flickr Creative Commons.

Community Groups and Seattle Police Chief Weigh in On Police Contract

Seven of nine councilmembers will need to pass the agreement to ratify it. What will they decide?

Seattle police car. Photo by Dmitri Fedortchenko, Flickr Creative Commons.
The team that advocated for I-1631 at downtown Seattle’s Arctic Club on Nov. 6, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Washington Rejects Carbon Fee

Campaign organizers say they will continue pushing for a cleaner future.

The team that advocated for I-1631 at downtown Seattle’s Arctic Club on Nov. 6, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center is run by Florida-based GEO Group. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Did ICE Retaliate Against a Detainee Over Seattle Weekly Report?

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement denies accusation

Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center is run by Florida-based GEO Group. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
George Bakan, Seattle Gay News publisher and community activist, sits outside of his Capitol Hill office on Oct. 26. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

LGBTQ Elders Dream of Aging Among Friends

Critics say the city continues to pass over seniors’ need for services.

George Bakan, Seattle Gay News publisher and community activist, sits outside of his Capitol Hill office on Oct. 26. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Community Members Left in the Dark on Police Contract

A community input group submitted briefs to the federal court on Oct. 29, but is the public’s voice truly heard?