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.

Research: Secondhand Smoke from a Bong is Dangerous to Your Health

It’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that secondhand smoke from bong smoking is incredibly harmful, both while someone in the room is smoking and for a very long time afterward.

What Does It Mean to Call Someone a Fascist?

Writing on fascism, Trotsky noted its ultra-nationalist streak and that it stoked (and fed off) the anger and grievances of the middle class while at the same time being pro-corporation and anti-worker.

Wake-up Call: Supreme Court Shows Its Hand

Any shred of belief that the courts are immune to this can now be safely discarded; they are deeply complicit.

Harrell to Council: Your Path to Win-Win

Harrell has a difficult tightrope to walk here. He wants to assert his momentum and mandate without being perceived as a bully; he also doesn’t want to concede so much to the Council that he weakens his own power to negotiate. Elected officials are adept at selectively quoting; in their public responses we can be sure that the Councilmembers will choose to highlight Harrell’s concessions to their agendas without mention of what he asked for in return.

Mosqueda’s City Budget Cuts: Something to Hate for Everyone

Councilmember Mosqueda’s complaint is not that the August revenue forecast was wrong; it’s that the forecast was very accurate when she wanted it to be wrong.

New Election Numbers are Definitive

The leads that all four maintain are now greater than the number of ballots remaining to be counted (about 6,800).

Measuring Seattle’s Soda Tax: This is Why That’s So Difficult

A few weeks ago the Seattle City Auditor issued a new evaluation report on the city’s Sweetened Beverage Tax, the latest (and perhaps the final) in a series since...

How the 2020 Census will change Seattle City Council Districts

District 7 will have to shed some territory, and the South End districts will have to shuffle voters. Nearly all the districts will have to change.

State Auditor: ‘Several Problems’ with Black Brilliance Contract

The State Auditor wrote: "in my view, the city exercised only the bare minimum of accountability and transparency in this matter."

Seattle Gets a Mixed Economic Forecast

Nationally office space vacancy rates are running a few percentage points higher than before the pandemic, but in Seattle and neighboring cities, it’s much worse.