At WSB, we only have a tradition of a “one-year review” – listing the 10 stories that have garnered the most comments. (That’s not to say that they were the most read stories – since we publish in blog format, and it’s possible to read multiple stories by scrolling down the home page without multiple clicks, it’s impossible to indicate exactly how many times an individual story has been viewed.) With hours to go in 2021, here’s the countdown:
# 10 – PCC DECLARES AGAINST THE “PAY OF DANGER” MANDATED BY THE CITY
January 29, 2021 – 142 comments
Less than a week before workers in large grocery companies began receiving a city-imposed “risk premium” of $ 4 / hour PCCthe new CEO at the time Suzy monford sent a letter to city leaders to oppose it. A CCP employee told us that this left them and their colleagues feeling “betrayed and belittled.” The company changed its mind soon after; six months later, Monford quit the job she had had less than a year. PCC has yet to announce a new CEO.
# 9 – POWER FAILURE FOR ALMOST 10,000 CUSTOMERS
December 2, 2021 – 149 comments
It was not just a very large breakdown, the Seattle City Light card was slow to show it, so more “we’re in (neighborhood)” comments piled up early on.
# 8 – CITY-SUPPORTED $ 14 MILLION OFFER FOR JUNCTION PARKING LOTS
April 30, 2021 – 155 comments
The land that holds the four Seattle West Junction Association-the rented parking lots are zoned for high and dense development. Housing community roots offered to buy it. The owners of the lots, Trust properties, have not publicly announced a decision,
# 7 – DISTRICT SUDDENLY ADDS A DAY OF HOLIDAY
November 9, 2021 – 165 comments
Seattle Public Schools surprised families two days before Veterans Day by announcing that schools would also be closed the day after the vacation, saying too many employees were taking that day.
# 6 – KING COUNTY VACCINE VERIFICATION PLAN
September 16, 2021 – 173 comments
King County has announced where and when you will soon need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or negative test results).
# 5 – “FREE” JUNCTION PARKINGS WILL NO LONGER BE FREE
January 4, 2021 – 176 comments
After years of raising taxes and various other attempts to raise revenues, the Seattle West Junction Association has started charging for parking in its four leased lots.
# 4 – ELECTION EVENING RESULTS FOR MAYOR, CITY ATTORNEY, COUNCIL
November 2, 2021 – 190 comments
In three city-wide races, the more moderate contenders won.
# 3 – 4 PEOPLE SHOT AT ALKI, 1 KILL
June 29, 2021 – 205 comments
West Seattle’s only murder of the year happened in early summer – 22 Tilorae Shepherd was killed in a quadruple shootout. 19 years old Milton arnold is charged and remains in prison pending his trial, tentatively scheduled for March.
# 2 – WALL TAILS
October 20, 2021 – 307 comments
Three months after a mural was painted on the side of a multi-tenant commercial building at 35th / Henderson, part of it was repainted, highlighting a feud between the cafe that commissioned it and the living room behind the painted wall. A recent development – the show has announced that he is moving.)
# 1 – FEDERAL “CHECKS” COULD ARRIVE AS DEBIT CARDS
January 11, 2021 – 1,912 comments
This story tops the list because of one of those lucky breaks online. We wrote a short article after being surprised to receive our federal “stimulus check” in the form of a debit card, and found out through further research that it was real. No one had written much about it yet, so people across the country looking for information landed on the history of the WSB, and nearly 2,000 comments followed – many people desperately wondering when the would happen to them.
THE PREVIOUS YEARS: Here are our previous lists of most commented stories, dating back to 2011: