Globalist asks the Candidates: Are hookah lounge regulations needed in Seattle?

Do hookah lounges need additional regulation in Seattle? The Seattle Globalist asked the Seattle City Council candidates.
Oct 16, 2015

Community policing is the safety solution the ID needs

Two API community leaders say the SPD should really be more like Donnie Chin: truly protect and serve through community policing.
Sep 9, 2015
Cloud 9 in the Central District is one of 11 hookah lounges around the city that appear to be in violation of state laws that prohibit smoking in places of employment. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Replace hookah lounges with safe, healthy spaces for East African youth

A loud minority is demanding hookah lounges get a special exemption from anti-smoking laws. The city shouldn't cave to their pressure.
Sep 2, 2015

Seattle backs down on hookah crackdown (for now)

Hookah lounges can remain open as city officials and hookah lounge owners open dialogue.
Aug 28, 2015
A sign posted in the window of Cloud 9 hookah lounge in the Central District frames the crackdown as an "assault on our Black communities." (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

The hookah lounge crackdown needlessly targets East Africans

Falsely equating hookah lounges with crime, and with East African culture, has many young East Africans feeling unfairly targeted by the city government.
Aug 25, 2015
Meron Alexandar waiting to speak at the Council Meeting defense of hookah bars where she says are safe places. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh)

Passionate defense of Seattle hookah lounges at city council meeting

Seattle hookah lounges shouldn't be the scapegoat for violence, according to diverse residents who packed a City Council meeting Monday.
Aug 11, 2015

Crackdown on hookah lounges in wake of Donnie Chin shooting

International District residents say the hookah lounges have made the neighborhood feel unsafe and have rallied against them in recent weeks.
Aug 3, 2015

Donnie Chin remembered at Sunday night vigil

Hundreds of people gathered Sunday night to honor the commitment and colorful life of International District leader Donnie Chin.
Jul 27, 2015