Melissa Hellmann

Mayor Signs Retirement Savings Plan Into Law

Along with signing the City budget, the mayor also put into motion the nation’s first city-faciliated, privately-administered retirement savings plan.

 

City Budget Includes Funding for Georgetown-South Park Trail

Tired of feeling like islands, South Park and Georgetown residents pushed the city for greater connectivity between the communities.

 

Seattle Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland speaks about a new agreement between the city and Seattle Public Schools at a Monday press conference. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Former Army Base Could Address School District’s ‘Capacity Crisis’

The city and Seattle Public Schools entered into an agreement on Monday to plan for new schools and Fort Lawton’s future.

 

Covington Man Charged for Threatening Seattle Church

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office charged a 25-year-old man for emailing pastors: “Time to engage the artillery and kill you all.”

Tent City 5 Campers Move to Interbay Tiny House Village

About 65 homeless people move to a new location in the neighborhood where they’re guaranteed electricity, heat, and a roof over their heads.

The City Passes Up Opportunity to Tax Big Businesses

The tax would have raised $25 million annually to help address the homelessness crisis.

Illustration by Joshua Boulet

A New Tax on Airbnb Awaits the Mayor’s Signature

The City Council voted to tax operators, but regulation is still up in the air.

Illustration by Joshua Boulet
Teresa Mosqueda speaks to her supporters on election night. Photo by Naomi Ishisaka

How Will Teresa Mosqueda Change City Hall?

Drawing on her lived experience, the newly elected councilmember says she aims to advocate for women and marginalized communities.

Teresa Mosqueda speaks to her supporters on election night. Photo by Naomi Ishisaka
Residents at SeaTac’s Firs Mobile Home Park received a closure notice for October 31, but most have chosen to stay in their homes. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Residents of SeaTac Mobile Home Park Make Plans to Acquire Land

“The path out of poverty lies with owning real estate, not renting it.”

Residents at SeaTac’s Firs Mobile Home Park received a closure notice for October 31, but most have chosen to stay in their homes. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Jenny Durkan Claims Victory, Will Become Mayor of Seattle Later This Month

A second ballot drop widened her lead and pushed opponent Cary Moon to concede.

Jenny Durkan Emerges From Election Night With Seemingly Insurmountable Lead

But the Cary Moon campaign refuses to quit in the fight to become mayor.

Seattle police car. Photo by Dmitri Fedortchenko, Flickr Creative Commons

Advocates Wonder If One Aspect of a Police Union Contract Could Erode Reforms

A tentative agreement creates an additional appeals process for disciplined police officers.

Seattle police car. Photo by Dmitri Fedortchenko, Flickr Creative Commons
Photo by Casey Jaywork

As Seattle Takes Big Steps Toward Police Reform, Some Activists of Color Remain Wary

Big news on the consent-decree front. But not everyone’s celebrating.

Photo by Casey Jaywork
Daniel Brown, 37, has been houseless in Seattle for the past three years. He attended the protest because he said he’s “desperate for change in my own life.” Photos by Melissa Hellmann

‘We Sweep Trash, Not People’: Advocates Again Demand an End to Sweeps

On the two-year anniversary of the ‘state of emergency’ on homelessness, some question what’s changed.

Daniel Brown, 37, has been houseless in Seattle for the past three years. He attended the protest because he said he’s “desperate for change in my own life.” Photos by Melissa Hellmann

Under Threat From Development, Residents of a Mobile Home Park Fight to Stay

Around 200 residents face eviction and an unforgiving King County housing market.