Topic: Pete Holmes
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June 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM
In a big week for Seattle mayoral candidate Ed Murray, the veteran state Senator today picked up key endorsements from City Attorney Pete Holmes, City Councilmember Tim Burgess and immigrant rights advocate Pramila Jayapal.
All emphasized Murray’s ability to collaborate on important issues and contrasted his leadership style with that of incumbent mayor Mike McGinn, whose administration Holmes characterized as divisive and unwilling to work with other elected officials.
On Thursday, Murray picked up the endorsement of former King County Executive and HUD deputy Ron Sims, solidifying Murray’s status as a front runner in the nine-person race to unseat McGinn.
Holmes said he could have stayed out of the mayor’s race because he has no challenger and will have to work with whoever is elected for the next four years. But he added, “elections matter and mayors matter. Another four years of the current administration is not in the city’s best interests. It’s time to strike a better tone and bring new leadership to the mayor’s office.”
McGinn picked a very public fight with Holmes over who had authority to represent the city over Department of Justice-ordered police reforms. Holmes said that fight, as well as McGinn’s initial resistance to the proposed settlement agreement, prolonged the negotiations and delayed implementation.
Burgess called Murray a “proven, progressive leader” and predicted that the senator would conduct a national search for a new police chief with a track record of implementing reforms.
He also said Murray could engage effectively with the Seattle School District to improve education, particularly for at-risk youth. Burgess added that Murray’s experience with state transportation projects and funding would enable the senator to “revitalize the city’s decaying transportation infrastructure.”
Burgess, who dropped out of the mayor’s race in early May, called Murray “the best choice, by far.”
Jayapal praised Murray’s commitment not only to marriage equality but to immigrant and human rights. She recounted how the senator visited Eastern Washington to view first hand the poor condition of migrant workers’ housing and then championed a bill to provide $8 million in state funds to improve farmworker housing.
She noted the historic passage of an immigrants’ rights bill in the U.S. Senate Thursday and said Seattle needs a strong mayor who can help immigrants access the reforms.
March 13, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Copenhagen is looking at legalizing cannabis, as they call it, and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes will be traveling to the Danish city to offer advice.
Officials in Copenhagen also are exploring the possibility of importing weed from Washington and Colorado, the two states that voted in November to allow legal recreational marijuana use.
According to the Copenhagen Post, city officials think importing Washington weed might be feasible, even though it appears illegal under international law and the U.S. federal government considers all forms of marijuana illegal. The feds already have expressed great concern about Washington’s legal pot leaking into other states; leaking into Denmark seems likely to bring them down on locals like a squatting hippopotamus.
“It’s not at all what we’re interested in doing. We’ve tried to do everything we can to devise a system that keeps our marijuana within our borders,” said David Postman, spokesman for Gov. Jay Inslee. Postman invited the Danes to import other Washington products, from apples to airplanes.
The Copenhagen City Council is holding a conference on cannabis legalization Friday. They’ve invited Holmes, a sponsor of Initiative 502, which enacted our legal pot law. A deputy mayor in Copenhagen said it “would be strange not to use the occasion to address practicalities with Mr. Holmes.”
Through his spokeswoman, Holmes said the state’s law would not allow exporting pot to Denmark. Copenhagen is paying for Holmes’ trip, according to spokeswoman Kimberly Mills, and no city funds will be spent on his visit.
January 18, 2013 at 3:50 PM
State election watchdogs cited Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes for first-time, inadvertent, minor violations of state law in his campaigning last year for Initiative 502, which created the state’s legal marijuana law.
The Public Disclosure Commission also found that Holmes’ assistant Kim Garrett violated the law in the way she scheduled campaign events for her boss on city time, using city equipment.
Holmes and Garrett agreed to the findings — which carry no monetary fine — after a hearing Friday.
State investigators found that while Holmes and Garrett tried to keep the I-502 campaign separate from city work, that effort was difficult because pot policy has been a frequent focus of the city and Holmes’ work.
Operating under Holmes’ direction, Garrett put campaign events on Holmes’ public calendar to keep his schedule free of conflicts, which is allowed.
But investigators reported that Garrett on three occasions went beyond the simple ministerial act of placing events on Holmes’ schedule. In one case, she verified the existence of a magazine that wanted to interview Holmes; in another instance she called a photographer to schedule an appointment, rather than merely recording the date and time of an arranged event. And in the third violation, she discussed the logistics of Holmes’ schedule with an event organizer instead of just placing the event on his calendar.
Holmes and Garrett said they didn’t intend to violate any laws.
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