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.

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.

Retain This: Lorena Gonzalez’s Brazen Deflection on Keeping Police Officers

When some city councilmembers praised Seattle Police for sticking with the job, Council President Gonzalez was having none of it.

Yay! Signs a Seattle Homelessness Program is Working (But Can we Believe the Report?)

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.

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