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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.

“This Us-and-Them Has to Stop” – Council member Juarez Unloads

Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez took a moment during the Council's final 2021 budget meeting to deliver a blunt assessment on police reform, the current political culture, and her hope for a path forward.

Durkan: We’ll Repair West Seattle Bridge Instead of Replacing It

Community feedback, including from the Community Task Force that Durkan convened, was evenly split between the two options.

Everything You Need to Know About Mayor Durkan’s Proposed City Budget

So with no drastic cuts to any departments, how did the City Budget Office balance the budget? Through a combination of actions.

City Council Showdown: Mayor’s Budget Veto Overturned

The good news is that there is now a balanced 2020 budget again. The bad news is that problems still remain.

Q & A with the Director of Seattle’s Office of Police Accountability

What I do hope is that people do read the findings and they read your article and they read other articles that are out there and understand how complex these situations are. That they’re human situations, that they’re often five seconds, six seconds of decisions that are being made.

Coming Wednesday: Will Court Certify Sawant Recall?

For her part, Sawant argues that the petition does not meet factual and legal sufficiency and should be dismissed in its entirety.

After the Vote: City Council’s Start To “Defunding SPD”

Omari Salisbury, Marcus Green and Kevin Schofield discuss the origins of the 50% target, the politics that led to this point, and the deep, often acrimonious divisions in City Hall over the wisdom of moving quickly to cut SPD’s budget.

Mayor Proposes Rethought Transportation Package

Lower ridership means heavy financial losses for Metro and Sound Transit, and some difficult choices about how to adjust transit offerings while minimizing the negative impact on low-income workers who depend upon transit.

CHOP: Tragedy Of Errors, Now In Its Final Act

As the CHOP begins to wind down, we can see its brief existence as a sign of renewed hope for sustainable change in how we address structural racism. But the weeks were also filled with people making dumb mistakes and doubling down on them, and as we enter the final act of this Shakespearean tragedy of errors, it seems few will emerge unscathed.

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The Grinches Who Stole Seattle’s Civic Mojo

Banks, Baby Bells, law firms, architects, Boeing, downtown property developers, media, financial firms, Safeco -- all now controlled by national owners, who apply standard formulas and bottom-line thinking. Seattle is a "province" again.

Brexit Deadline: A Looming Crash

Much of the envisioned UK-EU trade treaty is already in a draft of 600-plus pages, with three areas of disagreement holding up its conclusion. Those few stumbling blocks, however, are deeply embedded in Britain’s disaffection with an alliance it considers a constraint on British sovereignty.

The Obscure Law that Could Throw the Election to Trump

The best example of the act’s inability to deal with what could become a major constitutional fight is its ambiguity as to the solution when multiple slates of electors are sent from a state. In that case, the House and Senate are expected to vote separately on which slate to accept.

More Broken Bridges to Come?

The saga of the West Seattle Bridge, born in the aftermath of a catastrophic marine accident, is likely far from an anomaly. Seattle's bridges (somewhere around 124) are a threatened commodity.

It Takes Self-Confidence to be a Moderate

Moderation should never be confused with indecisiveness. On the contrary, a lack of self-confidence in one’s most basic commitments is often expressed in extremism.