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Kevin Schofield

Kevin is a city hall reporter and the founder of SCC Insight, a web site focused on providing independent news and analysis of the Seattle City Council and Seattle City Hall in general. In a previous life, he worked for 26 years in the tech industry in a variety of positions but most notably as the COO of the research division at Microsoft. Kevin volunteers at the Woodland Park Zoo, where he is also on the Board of Directors. He is also the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Harvey Mudd College.

Polls: CASE Tries To Makes A Case For Its City Council Election Narrative

The Chamber of Commerce's PAC released some selected poll results this week. To no one's surprise, the results support their message of discontent with the status quo in City Hall.

The City Council Election: A Pox On Both Your Houses

We all get it: you despise each other. And there's truth behind both of your narratives. But now you've both committed to all-out war on each other, and you're tearing our city apart. That's right: our city.

We Should be Condemning All “Big Money” PAC Spending, Not Just Amazon’s

Those who are crying foul over Amazon's million-dollar contribution to a political action committee are conveniently overlooking the large war chests of their political allies.

Seattle City Council’s Mad Rush to the Finish Line

We don't expect legislators to stop legislating in their final months in office, but under what circumstances are we comfortable with them dictating terms to their successors?

Understanding The “Broken Windows” Theory: a reading list

There's a popular saying in academic circles: ask ten professors a question, and you'll get twelve different answers. The research studies on "broken windows" raise this same frustration.

City Council moves to protect “soda tax” revenues, despite Mayor’s veto threat

The votes were the culmination of a months-long argument about how quickly to enforce restrictions on spending from the two taxes, and in particular the Sweetened Beverage Tax.

Seattle’s Troubled Soda Tax: Watch That Siphon

Earlier this month, the Seattle City Council met in committee to discuss the Sweetened Beverage Tax passed two years ago. At issue...

The “Point in Time” homeless count is (mostly) crap.

After spending three days going through the 2019 "Point in Time" report, I have come to the conclusion that not only is there little reason to believe the claim that homelessness decreased in King County, but there are also good reasons to view much of the data in the report with skepticism.

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Bipartisan Salutes to Impeachment Witnesses for Public Service. Really?

Two words pop into my head every time I hear House members – from both parties – thank the impeachment inquiry witnesses for...

An Anatomy of Boeing’s Problems. And Seattle’s.

As for the impact on Seattle if Boeing is really crippled, I wonder how well local planners are taking that into account.

Gordon Sondland – The Transactional Witness And His Northwest Power Moves

How does a businessman whose image at home has been relatively benign, if at times controversial, find himself in this sort of hot water, with the heat being turned up by both parties?

Trump Trashes Yet Another Strong Woman

Should any president now or in the future be allowed to get away with such behavior?

After Day One: Failure To Move The Needle

While everybody here is pretty much on the mark for the way they and people in the liberal bubble saw and reacted...