Melissa Hellmann

Jagajit Singh Samra and his wife Parwinder in their West Seattle business, A Pizza Mart. Courtesy of Keep Seattle Livable for All

Small Businesses Aren’t Too Sweet on New Beverage Tax

The tax on sugary drinks rolled out on Jan. 1, but not everyone is happy.

Jagajit Singh Samra and his wife Parwinder in their West Seattle business, A Pizza Mart. Courtesy of Keep Seattle Livable for All
The front of the Children and Family Justice Center. (Image courtesy of King County website)

Future Funding Sources for Youth Detention Facility Are Uncertain

If King County loses its Supreme Court appeal, where will money to complete construction come from?

The front of the Children and Family Justice Center. (Image courtesy of King County website)
Katrina Johnson, Charleena Lyles’ cousin, speaks at a press conference for De-Escalate Washington’s I-940 on July 6, 2017. (Photo by Sara Bernard)

The State’s Deadly Force Law for Police Could Soon Change

Initiative 940 received enough signatures to head to the state Legislature or the ballot.

Katrina Johnson, Charleena Lyles’ cousin, speaks at a press conference for De-Escalate Washington’s I-940 on July 6, 2017. (Photo by Sara Bernard)

How a Women’s March Organizer Found Her Voice and Passed the Mic

Immigrant. Mother. Detainee. Activist. Asha Mohamed has found resolve since the first Women’s March.

Photo by Taylor McAvoy

Scenes From Seattle Women’s March 2018

From Cal Anderson Park to Seattle Center, Seattle Weekly captures the demonstration’s atmosphere.

Photo by Taylor McAvoy

Seattle Women’s March 2.0 in Photos

Tens of thousands take to Seattle’s streets to support the #MeToo movement and marginalized communities.

  • Jan 20, 2018
Foster parents and advocates rallied at the Capitol on Wednesday. Photo by Gary Love

Foster Parents Advocate for Stronger Rights

Advocates hope to revamp the current system to ease the toll on kids and their foster families.

Foster parents and advocates rallied at the Capitol on Wednesday. Photo by Gary Love
Photo by Joe Hall/Flickr

Automatic Voter Registration Could Come to Washington

Democratic legislators are pushing a number of bills to make voting easier.

Photo by Joe Hall/Flickr
Photo by Visitor7/Wikimedia

Washington Renters’ Protections May Be On the Way

New legislation could make it harder for tenants to be evicted.

Photo by Visitor7/Wikimedia
The Post Exchange and Gymnasium building is one of many structures remaining from Fort Lawton’s past. Photo by Wonderlane/Flickr

As Plans for Fort Lawton Move Forward, a New School Appears Less Likely

The former Army base could ease the city’s low-income housing shortage or school overcrowding. It just probably can’t do both.

The Post Exchange and Gymnasium building is one of many structures remaining from Fort Lawton’s past. Photo by Wonderlane/Flickr

Judge Rules Seattle Is in Compliance with Consent Decree

The news ushers in a two-year monitoring period in which the city can’t slip up.

For Homeless Seattleites, a Reprieve From the Debilitating Burden of Warrants

People lacking a permanent addresses often don’t know when they are supposed to appear in court. And they don’t have the money to pay the fines that follow.

Firs Mobile Home Park residents stand in the King County Superior Court following a hearing on January 4. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Judge Blocks Eviction Cases Brought Against SeaTac Mobile Homeowners

The order buys the about 200 residents more time, for now.

Firs Mobile Home Park residents stand in the King County Superior Court following a hearing on January 4. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Westin Hotel workers hold up signs in support of housekeepers’ rights. Photo by Hannah Long-Higgins

The Office of Labor Standards Sets Plan for Implementation of the Hotel Worker Law

It has been more than a year since the law was approved by voters.

Westin Hotel workers hold up signs in support of housekeepers’ rights. Photo by Hannah Long-Higgins
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at the Museum of History and Industry on May 19, 2016.. Photo by Joe Mabel/Flickr

Local Politicians and Advocates Push for Immigrant Protections

Amid national immigration talks Wednesday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against Motel 6 for discriminatory policies while advocates asked that Congress act on DACA.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at the Museum of History and Industry on May 19, 2016.. Photo by Joe Mabel/Flickr

Ruling in Seattle Is Likely to Reunite Many Refugee Families

The U.S. District Court decision brings back a process that has helped approximately 2,500 families each year.

Amazon box. Photo by Mike Seyfang, Flickr Creative Commons

Delivery Drivers File Lawsuit Against Amazon for Labor Violations

Two Washington drivers allege that Jungle Trux and Amazon failed to pay overtime or grant them breaks.

Amazon box. Photo by Mike Seyfang, Flickr Creative Commons
Ty Nolan, 65, speaks at Tuesday’s visioning workshop on the city’s first LGBTQ-affirming senior housing project. Photo by Alex Garland

LGBTQ Seniors Seek Community in Capitol Hill

Community members shared their vision of the city’s first LGBTQ-affirming senior housing project at Tuesday’s workshop.

Ty Nolan, 65, speaks at Tuesday’s visioning workshop on the city’s first LGBTQ-affirming senior housing project. Photo by Alex Garland
Groundbreaking for the Filipino Community Village project is slated to begin in 2019. Photo courtesy of the Filipino Community of Seattle.

Plans for New Community Village Give Filipino Seniors Renewed Hope

The city announced more than $100 million in investments for affordable housing units Monday.

Groundbreaking for the Filipino Community Village project is slated to begin in 2019. Photo courtesy of the Filipino Community of Seattle.

Homeless Service Providers Refute City’s Reason for Budget Cuts

SHARE/WHEEL testified at City Hall that they had successfully transitioned clients into permanent housing.