Mayor’s bid to business on homeless is a stretch

Does Seattle Mayor Ed Murray take business and Seattle’s strong economy for granted? Maybe not. But he shouldn’t assume the golden goose is invulnerable to outside shocks or policy blunders from City Hall.

Before coming to Seattle, I covered business news in five big cities and two smaller ones. In every case, the mayors were de facto chief economic development officers.

Recruiting new companies, retaining existing ones and focusing on business and job creation were among their most important tasks. Along with failing to plow the streets after a snowstorm, indifference to the local economy could mean electoral doomsday for these mayors.

Seattle is different.

In his State of the City address this past week, Mayor Ed Murray noted cranes on the skyline, high median income and 90,000 jobs created since 2010. But he did so almost as a bystander.

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