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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.

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.

Seattle City Council’s Mad Rush to the Finish Line

We don't expect legislators to stop legislating in their final months in office, but under what circumstances are we comfortable with them dictating terms to their successors?

Understanding The “Broken Windows” Theory: a reading list

There's a popular saying in academic circles: ask ten professors a question, and you'll get twelve different answers. The research studies on "broken windows" raise this same frustration.

City Council moves to protect “soda tax” revenues, despite Mayor’s veto threat

The votes were the culmination of a months-long argument about how quickly to enforce restrictions on spending from the two taxes, and in particular the Sweetened Beverage Tax.

Seattle’s Troubled Soda Tax: Watch That Siphon

Earlier this month, the Seattle City Council met in committee to discuss the Sweetened Beverage Tax passed two years ago. At issue...

The “Point in Time” homeless count is (mostly) crap.

After spending three days going through the 2019 "Point in Time" report, I have come to the conclusion that not only is there little reason to believe the claim that homelessness decreased in King County, but there are also good reasons to view much of the data in the report with skepticism.

Latest Post Alley Posts

Rules, Rules, Rules: The Senate On Trial (Not Just Trump)

Winning their general elections could be severely jeopardized if the public perceives the trial as phony or not taken seriously by the Republicans.

You’re Served: Standing Up To Sheriff Jimmy Clark In The 1964 Deep South

Dispatched to Selma with a summons and complaint, I was instructed to con my way into Clark’s office and serve him with the papers.

Review: “Evgenyi Onegin” – Pain! Passion! Poetry! (hold the irony . . .)

I suddenly realized how lucky we are to have it at all. If the poet who created the story and the composer who set it to music 40 years later had ever actually met, they would probably have disliked each other enough to make collaboration impossible.

Advice to Democrats: Vive Les Cafes!

France is working on a rural agenda, and Democrats in America could borrow some of the ideas for reviving cafes and hang-out places.

All Jumbled Up: The Shifting Politics Of Trade In The China And NAFTA 2.0 Deals

While both Trump and Democrats have been politicizing the trade issue, the President not bashing China and Democrats voting in favor of his USMCA are encouraging. I sense a growing realization that trade wars are not good for the economy.