Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and challenger Egan Orion clashed Thursday over corporate taxes, rent control and whether Sawant’s combative political style amounts to counterproductive grandstanding or a grit necessary to win progress for working people in the city. In the District 3 council debate before hundreds at Town Hall, Sawant, a Socialist Alternative member seeking election to a third term, returned again and again to demands for higher taxes for wealthy corporations such as Amazon to pay for services including public housing. Sawant called Orion the “poster child” for big business, citing corporate-backed PAC expenditures on his behalf. “They are trying to flip City Hall and reverse our victories,” she said. Orion, a first-time candidate, cited his work as an LGBTQ and neighborhood business leader, including as an organizer of PrideFest Capitol Hill, saying he’d bring a “collaborative style of leadership” to the … [Read more...] about Sawant, Orion battle over taxes, rent control and political style in District 3 Seattle City Council debate
MEMPHIS, TENN. — A possible expansion of Graceland would mean more jobs and economic growth. >> Read more trending news The future of the home of rock ’n’ roll legend Elvis Presley was up for discussion during Tuesday’s Memphis City Council meeting. Representatives with Elvis Presley Enterprises told the council that this decision would be a big deal for the city.The goal is to move forward with possible redevelopment of Graceland – if Memphis city leaders agree on the plan. EPE representative Joel Weinshanker said the first step is increasing the amount of money put into the project. “Just an increase from 50 to 65 percent, but it will put more money into the city treasury – where guaranteeing that by increasing tax increment financing, the amount that we put into it, doesn’t go down,” Weinshanker said. EPE sued the city of Memphis after complaints of delaying the approval … [Read more...] about Graceland expansion discussed at Memphis City Council meeting
No matter what, residents of Magnolia, Queen Anne and downtown Seattle will elect a new City Council member in November who wants to hire more police, replace the Magnolia Bridge and bury last year’s business head tax. That’s because District 7 candidates Andrew Lewis and Jim Pugel, during a Thursday night debate at Town Hall, took similar positions on some of Seattle’s most divisive political issues, opting to draw distinctions largely based on endorsements and experience. All seven of the council’s district seats are up for grabs this year, and the two candidates in each district who won the most votes in August’s primary election advanced to the Nov. 5 general election. Lewis, a 29-year-old assistant Seattle city attorney, promised to bring problem-solving urgency to City Hall, citing his generation’s impatience with high home prices and alarm over climate change. “My friends trying to build a life here in this city are frustrated,” he … [Read more...] about What’s the difference between Jim Pugel and Andrew Lewis? A few details emerge at District 7 Seattle City Council debate
By Seattle Times staff reporter Seattle City Council candidates Andrew Lewis and Jim Pugel will clash Thursday night in a District 7 debate at Town Hall Seattle. The debate begins at 7:30 p.m. District 7 includes runs from Pioneer Square to Magnolia, also including downtown, South Lake Union and Queen Anne. All seven of the council’s district seats are up for grabs this year. The two candidates in each district with the most votes in August’s primary election advanced to the Nov. 5 general election. Thursday night’s District 7 debate is the fifth in a series hosted by Seattle CityClub, with The Seattle Times, Seattle Channel, KUOW, KCTS/Crosscut, KING-TV and KOMO-TV as media partners. Daniel Beekman: 206-464-2164 or [email protected]; on Twitter: @dbeekman. Seattle Times staff reporter Daniel Beekman covers Seattle city government and local politics. … [Read more...] about Watch live: District 7 candidates Lewis and Pugel clash in Seattle City Council debate
Teresa Mosqueda had read about Seattle’s child care crunch — the excruciating wait-lists and the eye-popping costs. Then she became pregnant. “To see it in a report is one thing,” the City Council member said. “To call through a list of providers that the city gave me and hit a dead end and then go to Google and just search ‘child care’ … is a whole other experience.” That whole other experience is what she and Councilmember M. Lorena González are carrying with them at City Hall as they pursue policies meant to help new mothers and babies, including child care-compatible development, child care subsidies and workplace changes. As the council’s only at-large members, representing all Seattle, Mosqueda and González are among City Hall’s most influential leaders. Seattle has never had a council member become a new mother while in office before, as officials can best tell (the city’s archivist … [Read more...] about Seattle may have never had a brand-new mother as a City Council member. Soon, it’ll have two.