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Hacks & Wonks

Dec 24, 2021

Crystal is joined by Doug Trumm, Executive Director of The Urbanist, for today’s jam-packed show that covers successful tactics used in the Sawant recall election, Durkan veto of the Council vote to end the hazard pay they enacted, the Starbucks unionization movement coming to Seattle, a City Hall Park land swap without park preservation guarantees, new leadership ahead for SDOT in the Harrell administration, the Legislature suing Inslee over vetoes, and the potential for a white Christmas posing risks to those left out in the cold.

As always, a full text transcript of the show is available below and at

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“What Sawant’s Close 310-Vote Recall Victory Means for Seattle Politics” by Doug Trumm from The Urbanist:

“Sawant’s Recall Maps Show Familiar Path to Victory Through Capitol Hill and Central District” by Doug Trumm from The Urbanist:

“City Council Votes to End Hazard Pay. Grocery Workers Say They Feel ‘Abandoned’” by Hannah Krieg from The Stranger

“Mayor Jenny Durkan will use veto to keep hazard pay in place for Seattle grocery workers” by David Gutman from The Seattle Times:

City of Seattle - Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda Statement in Support of Continuing Grocery Store Worker Hazard Pay:

“Starbucks Workers United says Broadway shop wants to unionize” from Capitol Hill Seattle Blog:

“Controversial City Hall Park Land Swap Moves Ahead” by Natalie Bicknell Argerious from The Urbanist:

“SDOT Director Zimbabwe is Out, What Does This Mean for Seattle Transportation?” by Natalie Bicknell Argerious from The Urbanist:

“Washington Legislature sues Inslee over vetoes, setting up another clash over powers” by Joseph O’Sullivan from The Seattle Times:

“Seattle area to see some snow Christmas weekend” by Christine Clarridge from The Seattle Times:

King County Regional Homelessness Authority - Cold Weather Shelter Dec. 25-29:

City of Seattle - Severe Weather Flyer:

“Warming shelters to open during cold weather” from KIRO7:



Transcript will be uploaded as soon as possible.