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July 3, 2014 at 3:47 PM

City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco apologizes for recent controversies

Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco offered public apology Thursday for recent controversies that caused him to lose a $60,000 pay raise. During a hastily called news conference at City Light’s downtown headquarters, Carrasco said he takes “full responsibility” for a copper theft scam and a contract with the online reputation management firm Brand.com. “I am…

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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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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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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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