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.

The City of Seattle is Staring at a $230 Million Deficit. How Did We Get Here?

In short, there are no quick and easy fixes that fully address, in a sustainable way, the City’s general fund deficit. The Mayor and City Council have an impossible task this year.

Data Dump: Why Seattle City Council Will Look Very Different When All the Votes are Counted

What happened?  Voter apathy. The ballot returns are barely above the levels of the August primary, and well below the numbers for two years ago.

The Cost of Solving Homelessness: Dones Calls the Bluff

Mark Dones dared to be honest about what is required to solve homelessness. In so doing, Dones exposed the hypocrisy of local leaders, who want to appear as if they are solving homelessness but are unwilling to (or incapable of) going to bat for the resources it will take to truly do so.

Why Rent Control is Just a Terrible Really Bad No Good Idea

The message to governments is clear: skip the rent control, and jump straight to the part where they invest in building more housing. Admittedly, that’s a tough sell: rent control is very seductive as public policy.

Effective Altruism: The Road to Crazy Town

In the coverage of the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, the press has made much of the devotion of its former CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried, to “effective altruism,” (EA) a...

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.