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Category: Local government
August 20, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Franchise group blasts Seattle minimum-wage law in radio ad

The International Franchise Association, which represents franchise owners like those who own most McDonald’s restaurants, is taking to the airwaves to criticize an aspect of Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law and unions that backed the measure. But proponents of the law say the gambit won’t sway public opinion. The IFA has already sued the city in federal court, arguing…

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Comments | More in Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Dave Meinert, David Rolf, International Franchise Association

August 11, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Emails: Mayor’s office angered by Seattle City Light’s Carrasco ‘throwing garbage’

Top aides to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray were incredulous and angry at Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco’s bungled effort to respond to negative news stories this summer, newly released emails show. First, a little background. Carrasco had attempted an image-repair media tour in June after The Seattle Times published critical stories on him being duped…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest | Topics: Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

August 7, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Seattle Park District continues trend toward victory

A proposal to create a Seattle Park District to fund city parks and community centers continued to widen its lead in Thursday’s vote count. The measure was leading 53 percent to 47 percent Thursday, with about 132,000 ballots counted. Opponents would need about 70 percent of the remaining votes to defeat the measure. “I want to thank Seattle voters…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Local government | Topics: Seattle Park District

August 6, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Seattle Park District widens lead in Wednesday vote count

A proposal to create a Seattle Park District to fund city parks and community centers widened its lead in Wednesday’s vote count. The measure was leading 53 percent to 47 percent Wednesday, with nearly 114,000 ballots counted. About 52 percent of voters supported the proposal in Tuesday’s count of the first 100,000 ballots. Opponents would need…

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Comments | More in homepage, Seattle City Council | Topics: Proposition 1, Seattle Park District

July 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

ACLU lawyer Alison Holcomb considering a run against Kshama Sawant

Alison Holcomb, criminal justice director for the ACLU of Washington and prime mover behind our state’s legal weed law, said she is “considering very seriously” running for Seattle City Council against incumbent Kshama Sawant. Holcomb has flirted with the idea of working in City Hall before, talking last year about a possible run for mayor or…

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Comments | More in Marijuana, Seattle City Council | Topics: Alison Holcomb, I-502, kshama sawant

July 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM

No pay raise for City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he will not give City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco a pay raise, citing “judgment” issues, including a contract aimed partly at boosting Carrasco’s online image. Murray made the comments at a City Hall news conference Wednesday. The Seattle City Council had authorized a pay increase of up to $119,000 for…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest | Topics: Jorge Carrasco, Seattle City Light

June 30, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Carrasco admits he sought raise, contrary to earlier statement

Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco did a round of media interviews last week in an apparent effort to repair public-relations damage from recent controversies — from a copper theft scam to hiring a consulting firm with public money to boost his online image. But it now looks like Carrasco’s media tour backfired, as…

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Comments | More in Local government | Topics: Jorge Carrasco, Seattle City Light

June 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Public financing of city elections won’t be on November ballot

The Seattle City Council voted today not to consider a public campaign-financing bill for the November ballot. Seattle voters narrowly defeated a measure that would have levied a property tax to create a public financing system for city council elections last year. Councilmember Mike O’Brien sought to have a similar measure referred to his committee for consideration in time…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: mike o'Brien, seattle city council, Tim Burgess

June 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Huffington Post pulls blog item tied to City Light paid PR effort

Huffington Post has removed a blog post connected with a Seattle City Light image-buffing campaign, citing an undisclosed conflict of interest by the blogger. The move follows a Seattle Times report on Sunday that revealed City Light had hired Brand.com to suppress negative Google search results about the utility and CEO Jorge Carrasco. Under the…

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Comments | More in Local government | Topics: Brand.com, Huffington Post, Jorge Carrasco

June 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ goes with the wrong Steinbrueck

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray went on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” talk show very early this morning for a victory lap on Seattle’s historic $15 minimum wage, which he signed into law Tuesday. Murray also was asked by political journalist John Heilemann about Wednesday’s Seattle Times story on the $98,000 no-bid contract the mayor arranged…

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Comments | More in Local government | Topics: Morning Joe, MSNBC, Peter Steinbrueck

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