Jean Godden wrote columns first for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and later for the Seattle Times. In 2003, she quit to run for Seattle City Council where she served 12 years. She now writes for Westside Seattle and has been a co-host on The Bridge, aired on community radio station KMGP. You can email tips and comments to Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A friend, a student of urban planning, advised that downtown needs more businesses that work well for the city's captive participants: those living in downtown apartments and condos, residents of retirement communities as well as the office workers, many of them younger, who will return when their offices reopen.
Never before (not even during the 1919 flu outbreak) has a piece of flimsy fabric taken on such broad, far-reaching significance -- on one hand adopted as a fashion statement and on the other sparking such outrage.
In recent years – significantly during the Trump era of climate denial -- there has been pressure on the EPA to roll back cleanup requirements, allowing higher levels of PCBs and other chemicals in the Duwamish, the most polluted rifer in the nation.
Equipped with her trusty pencil (maybe a pen now) she irreverently cartoons everything she spots during her strolls across the city: from vintage fire hydrants (would you believe we have 18,000?) to company logos stamped on the bricks that paved Seattle streets.
For those with long memories, it is incredible to believe that we are still discussing women's reproductive rights nearly half a century after the U. S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade by a 7-2 majority.
A new laws create a new budget office to prepare forecasts, duplicating an office that already exists. In a comic twist, the law says if the council dislikes the economic forecasts, it can ignore them.