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.
Researcher and report author Katherine Beckett and her team were funded by several progressive nonprofits, including Blue Meridian Partners and UW's West Coast Poverty Center, to conduct an evaluation of the first six months of JustCARE's work. This week they issued their glowing, wholly uncritical, report on the program.
Even if the hazard-pay measure is suspended, grocery stores will still be footing this bill until late August. The original bill, now under legal attack, stipulated that if pandemic cases dropped significantly, as they have, the bill would be reviewed.
Among the criticisms of the spending plan: transportation gets a short end of the stick, and the money is spread thinly over a series of councilmembers' pet projects. All get a slice of the pie, but there are no big, transformative ideas.
It is well known (and hardly hidden) that Councilmember Sawant’s office staff does not use their “@seattle.gov” accounts the vast majority of the time. Instead, they have set up their own separate Gmail accounts that they use as their primary email accounts for conducting official city business.
In an email response this Tuesday to an inquiry as to how she planned to handle potential conflicts of interest with EOI, Morales said, “The Seattle Office of Ethics and Elections is clear that there is no conflict unless a matter comes before Council in which EOI has a financial interest. If that happens I would have to recuse myself, which I plan to do.” This is incorrect.