Week In Review
Summary: Bill Radke hosts a panel of commentators every Friday to talk over the big stories in the Puget Sound region. Produced by KUOW, Seattle’s public radio station.
Seattle's head tax debate gets down to the nitty gritty. Can the mayor bring business and the City Council on board? And with all the yelling about a head tax and homelessness, has Seattle become an angry city? And if we have, is it about time? Plus, Starbucks says no purchase required to use their bathroom and Google unveils an artificial intelligence robot that can schedule its own haircut appointment.
What happened this week? High home prices, taxes, homelessness and Amazon all collided in a debate over a proposed tax on Seattle employers, for one thing. And if you blinked you missed it, but Ichiro's playing career with the Mariners appears to be over.
The Seattle City Council proposes a new tax on business to pay for homelessness, and Mayor Durkan says she wants a levy to pay for education. Are voters getting what was promised the last time they said yes? Also this week: A judge says voters will decide the future of Washington's law on prosecuting police who use deadly force, Governor Inslee proclaims on HBO that Washington state has "the best weed in the United States," and Alaska Airlines says no more goats or frogs – but maybe pigs –
Starbucks apologizes for allegations of racial bias at a Philadelphia store. Former FBI director James Comey claims President Trump is "morally unfit" for the office. A Seattle City Councilmember tweets a controversial take on Barbara Bush. How do you want the Seahawks to treat their cheerleaders? And a sign on Interstate 5 told us what we all maybe needed to hear.
This week, Mark Zuckerberg went to Washington and answered lawmaker's questions about Facebook. What it is, how it works, and what we should do about it?
This week, KOMO anchors had to read a script written by their conservative bosses, Sinclair Broadcast Group. Seattle considered several traffic solutions, including prescribing downtown drivers a traffic decongestant And a UW researcher says bowhead whales are singing jazz.
This week, Seattle lost its Russian consulate, lost its “first in time” rental law, lost the Battery Street Park, lost everything... except the season opener. The Seattle Mariners won that, 2-1.
You give Facebook your personal information. Facebook shares it with companies that use it against you. So what are you going to do about it? Also President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that included some money for Sound Transit's Lynnwood line — now if only the Seattle Streetcar project could get some of that money. Or should it?
Students walked out of school over guns and Pennsylvania swung a Congressional district from red to blue. Will Washington state do the same in the upcoming midterms? Will you recognize the Seahawks next season? And does a dog deserve a seat on a Metro bus?
Ichiro Suzuki is back in a Seattle Mariners uniform, Amazon says it's figured out why its Echo smart speakers are spontaneously laughing out loud and state lawmakers finish up their work and go home.
It's not often a legislature passes a bill with bipartisan, supermajority support and the governor vetoes it anyway, but that's what happened this week. Maybe a statewide editorial page conniption had something to do with it. We'll recap the fight in Olympia over government transparency, tell you about some new gun laws and share an idea for how to bring back the Sonics with no new stadium, and no basketball.
America's gun debate stretches from a Florida high school to the halls of the Washington state legislature. Speaking of Olympia, should WA legislators have to show us all their emails and texts? Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan warns of a budget deficit. The FBI comes to Seattle to discuss its number one unsolved case. And Jeff Bezos is part of a team building a clock deep inside a mountain that will keep time for ten thousand years.
We'll look back at this week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Also, the College Republicans rally at the University of Washington raised questions over free speech on campus. Another question: Can a health club ban a white supremacist from training at their gym? Is Washington state on the brink of abolishing the death penalty? And could Hamilton possibly be as good as the hype?
Does a $17,000 security fee infringe on free speech on the University of Washington campus? Is it "hostile architecture" when the city of Seattle uses fences and bike racks to keep people from camping in public areas? Did West Seattle homeowners pay enough of a cost for cutting down city-owned trees to enhance their views? And does Paul Allen play and sing as good as Jimi Hendrix? Quincy Jones thinks so.
The Amazon spheres: corporate hype or a Seattle icon to rival the Space Needle? We'll tell you what we learned from a behind-the-scenes look at the end of former Seattle mayor Ed Murray's career. And a controversial FBI memo is finally released -- we'll see what all the dossier is about. Also, would you pay $40 for custom Sasquatch license plates?