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Hacks & Wonks

Sep 3, 2021

Today on the show Crystal is joined by a new co-host, Rich Smith, Associate Editor of The Stranger! They discuss competing plans to tackle homelessness in the mayoral race, a ridiculously racist email sent (recently!) by Bellevue School Board candidate Faye Yang, the deep need for accessibility to be central to transportation planning, and a rare alliance of landlords and renters threatening to sue King County to expedite the distribution of rental relief funds.

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

Find the host, Crystal Fincher on Twitter at @finchfrii and find today’s co-host, Rich Smith, at @richsssmith. More info is available at



“Bruce Harrell vows action on homelessness in parks, M. Lorena Gonzalez responds as Seattle mayoral race restarts” by Daniel Beekman of The Seattle Times: 

“Compassion Seattle measure will now appear on November ballot after court rejects appeal” from the Associated Press via King 5: 

“Bellevue School Board Candidate Argued that Black and Latino Kids Have Lower IQs Due to Genetics, Cited Debunked Book” by Rich Smith from The Stranger: 

“Report Calls for Radical Inclusion of Disabled Nondrivers in Transportation Planning” by Natalie Bicknell Argerious from The Urbanist: 

“Landlord and tenant groups threaten to sue King County to speed up rent assistance” by Heidi Groover from The Seattle Times: 



Transcript will be uploaded in the next week.