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Hacks & Wonks

Sep 15, 2021

Last Friday, Crystal and Executive Director of America Walks (and former Seattle mayor), Mike McGinn, talked for so long that it made for a two-part show! In the second half of the conversation, Mike and Crystal get into the SPD's calls being predominantly non-criminal, the surge in gun violence in Seattle and the need for the new mayor to respond with the police force they have (not the one they wish they had), the benefits of decriminalizing jaywalking, the continued refusal by the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission to request an investigation into Mayor Durkan's alleged illegal deletion of text messages, and the vital importance that the law be applied equally to all people - regardless of whether or not they are a public employee or an elected official.

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

Find the host, Crystal Fincher on Twitter at @finchfrii and Mike McGinn at @mayormcginn. More info is available at


“Nearly half of Seattle police calls don’t need officers responding, new report says” by Elise Takahama from The Seattle Times: 

“Seattle police intervening in fewer mental health calls, data shows” by David Kroman from Crosscut: 

“Durkan Won’t Sign Crowd Control Weapons Bill, Raises Specter of Court Challenge” by Paul Kiefer from Publicola: 

“Seattle gun violence surges in 2021, as police force dwindles” by Angela King and Dyer Oxley from KUOW:

“King County’s rise in gun violence doesn’t have an easy explanation” by Nate Sanford from Crosscut: 

“Our Letter on Decriminalizing Jaywalking: California Could Demonstrate National Leadership by Passing Timely Legislation” from America Walks: 

“Seattle 911 response times climbed in summer 2020. Now, police and activists debate what comes next.” by Lewis Kamb, Daniel Beekman, and Manuel Villa from The Seattle Times: 

“Recidivism and Reentry: What makes people more or less likely to succeed upon release?” from the Prison Policy Initiative: 

“Employees who blew whistle on Seattle mayor’s missing texts file lawsuit against the city” by Lewis Kamb and Daniel Beekman from The Seattle Times: 

“Mayor’s office knew for months Durkan’s phone settings causes texts to vanish, emails show” by Lewis Kamb, Daniel Beekman, and Jim Brunner from The Seattle Times: 

“Obama leaves Trump a mixed legacy on whistle-blowers” by Eyal Press from The New Yorker: 

“Thousands of Washington state workers seek exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine mandate” by Joseph O’Sullivan from The Seattle Times: 

“Seattle police union pushes back on Jan. 6 investigation” by David Kroman from Crosscut: