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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.

Financial Disclosure Forms Show A Less-Wealthy Seattle City Council

As a result of last year’s elections, the new City Council is much less rich than the previous one — though there are still a couple of millionaires in the bunch.

“Amazon Tax” Bill Introduced in Seattle City Council

When the local economy is melting down, should the Council be passing new taxes on businesses?

West Seattle Bridge Cracks Explained

Since bridges are generally over-engineered, small cracks usually don’t add enough stress on their own to cause further cracking. But combined with the external forces that created the crack in the first place at some point they lead to progressively larger cracks. Then the stresses start accumulating on the part of the concrete that is still intact as the load shifts, and the process accelerates.

What COVID-19 Might Mean For The Presidential Election

This year's presidential election has already been crazy, but COVID-19 could upend the whole apple cart.

Does the Seattle Soda Tax Work? We Still Don’t Really Know

Many studies, but a maze of results. In part, this is because there is no common way to define or measure the public health “success” of a soda tax.

Studies Raise More Concerns About E-Scooter Safety, on Eve of Seattle Rollout

So the picture is now becoming very clear: e-scooters are as dangerous as motor vehicles, if not significantly more dangerous, and are far less regulated.

The New City Council Gets Organized and Sends Some Clues on Priorities

The chairs of those four major committees, Mosqueda, Strauss, Herbold and Pedersen, will be the power brokers for the top issues facing the city. As incoming Council President, Gonzalez will also have her share of power on the second floor of City Hall. That leaves Juarez, Lewis, Morales, and Sawant somewhat at a disadvantage in trying to move big agendas forward.

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.

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Godden on West Seattle: Bring Back the Mosquito Fleet? (and other news)

A new way to get off West Seattle, and a local city's leg-pulling twitter site.

Take Back the Streets: Remaking Seattle As ‘The Outdoors City’

Restaurants are reinventing themselves in this way, knowing that eating outdoors is healthier for resisting transmission of the coronavirus. Might Seattle reinvent itself broadly as an outdoors city, despite the mild and rainy winters?

Coming Up: Live Zoomcast with Mort Kondracke And David Domke on Election 2020

Mort Kondracke Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, a nonprofit membership library in the Pike Place Market, is launching a...

Early Handicapping 2020 Washington State Elections

Until very recently the King County suburbs were the state’s main battleground. Now the swing districts are in Pierce, Mason, Clark, Cowlitz, Skagit, Island, and Whatcom counties. There are ZERO competitive partisan races in King County this year.

Northeastern Oregon, Where Wearing Masks is a Signal

The wearing and non-wearing of masks serves as a convenient statement in this rural county. Wearing one in town I definitely felt like I was signaling my tribal identity, which seems crazy, but there it is."