All posts by Kevin Schofield

Kevin Schofield is a freelance writer and the founder of Seattle City Council Insight, a web site providing independent news and analysis of the Seattle City Council. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he worked for Microsoft Corporation for 26 years. That culminated in a term as Chief Operations Officer for Microsoft Research, the division of the company focused on advancing the state of the art in computing. Upon leaving Microsoft in 2014 he decided to embrace his love of writing. Kevin volunteers at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, where he also serves on the Board of Directors. He is also Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. Beyond writing, his personal passions are his twin daughters, photography, cooking, and playing the guitar. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Is there lead in Seattle’s drinking water?

First there was Flint, Michigan’s horrific revelations of high levels of lead in the city’s water supply. Last week, Tacoma revealed that it had found high levels of lead in samples taken from older homes, and this morning it was reported that two Tacoma schools tested for lead in its water last year.  This has raised questions about whether the residents of Seattle should also be concerned about lead in their water. This morning, officials from Seattle Public Utilities briefed the City Council on the issue, and the good news is that almost no one in Seattle should be worried. But understanding how lead gets into the water, who is at risk, and what SPU does to ensure our water is high-quality, is a complicated affair worth taking a few minutes to understand.

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Scott Kubly’s last stand?

SDOT Director Scott Kubly was ushered into office with city officials hailing him as a “transportation visionary.” But in the last year his repeated missteps have eroded his support. If the 2-week closing of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, starting next weekend, goes badly it may be the final straw that causes the Mayor to usher him back out.

SDOT Director Scott Kubly
SDOT Director Scott Kubly

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This week: water quality, SPD overtime, labor issues, and more!

The Seattle City Council will hear several interesting briefings this week, covering water quality, police overtime, secure scheduling and paid family leave, and directed investigations of labor violations.

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