Snow in Seattle, vaccine equity and an officer-involved shooting, this week
Bill Radke reviews the week's news with city hall reporter Nathalie Graham of The Stranger, Converge Media founder Omar Salisbury and KUOW reporter Casey Martin.
A winter storm warning is in effect for Seattle, with three to six inches expected to fall in the metro region beginning Friday night. In anticipation of the snow and subfreezing temperatures, Seattle and King county have opened three severe weather shelters which will follow pandemic-related safety measures by keeping beds six feet apart, requiring the wearing of masks and screening for COVID-19 symptoms. How well is the city and county preparing for the storm?
The snowstorm could also impact vaccine distribution with people missing or having to reschedule appointments for a first or second dose. One group of workers - sex workers - argue that they should be made eligible to receive the vaccine now, given the nature of their work which makes them especially vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus.
Also this week, two researchers said they could no longer work with King County Equity Now which the city of Seattle has paid to oversee a multi-million-dollar project to invest city dollars into communities of color. The researchers accuse KCEN of "abusive communication" and marginalizing some Black community members. What impact will this conflict have not only within the Black community but also for city funds intended to support it?
Meanwhile, Seattle police officers shot and killed a Black man near the Northwest African American museum. While activists took to the streets to protest the shooting and amplify calls to defund the police, an investigation has been launched by Seattle's Office of Police Accountability and the Office of Inspector General.
Finally, a Thurston County judge has fined Tim Eyman a record $2.6 million fine for repeated violations of state campaign finance law and barred him from overseeing future political action committees. Our guests share why, despite the ruling, it's probably not the last we'll hear from the anti-tax initiative activist.