Jean Godden

Jean Godden wrote columns first for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and late for the Seattle Times. In 2002, she quit to run for City Council where she served for 12 years. Since then she published a book of city stories titled “Citizen Jean.” She is now co-host of The Bridge aired on community station KMGP at 101.1 FM. You can email tips and comments to Jean at

When Queen Elizabeth came to Seattle

The sighting was something special for Seattle, which in the 1980s was seldom a must-stop destination for dignitaries.

Have Turd, Will Polish: Mark Leibovich’s New Book Examines the Trump Sycophants

Leibovich starts with the view from the Trump International Hotel, “the flagship payola palace” that operated a few blocks from the White House. 

What Could Have Been: Grand Civic Space Languishes as Pit to Nowhere

It does seem that after an angst-ridden 17-year saga, it is time to talk about rethinking the original dream. The hole in the city’s heart has yawned unoccupied under six mayors.

High Flyer: Katy Tur Writes a Deeply Personal Memoir

Often ripped out of bed in the middle of the night, she and younger brother James rode along with Bob and Marika Tur as they patrolled the skies over Los Angeles.

Bored of Seafair? Not When it’s a Poem!

It’s fair to point out that boredom, real or feigned, has been an on-and-off feature of Seafair.

Monster Mash: Ken Auletta’s New Biography of Harvey Weinstein

Those who worked closely with Harvey have long thought about the hole in his psyche that he was desperate to fill.

Rise of the Anti-Feminism Backlash

Some pundits insist the feminist movement is in trouble –  beset by backlash, deserted by the disillusioned younger generation and lacking optimism.

Inside City Hall’s Serious Budget Shortfall

The multimillion-dollar gap -- viewed in the perspective of an annual budget in the $7 billion range -- is perhaps not horrific. But it still is bound to impact what the city can achieve towards meeting its on-going needs and ambitious social goals.

For Your Approval: Does Seattle Need a New Way of Electing Its Leaders?

Seattle City Councilmembers now have to enact Approval Voting outright or place the issue on the ballot with or without an alternative measure.

Left Coast Tsunami: A Swing to the Moderate?

Election results along the so-called Left Coast have pundits predicting that a tsunami, a giant backlash against progressive excesses, is heading our way.