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September 24, 2014 at 3:13 PM

It’s lights out for Sawant’s plan to change City Light rates

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s proposal to consider radically changing how City Light charges for electricity went dark Wednesday due to a lack of support from her colleagues. Sawant, who chairs the council’s energy committee, asked the committee¬†to vote on her resolution, which said the council would review City Light’s rate structure next year with…

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Comments | More in Local government, Metropolitan King County Council, Politics Northwest | Topics: City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, City Councilmember Mike O'Brien, City Councilmember Sally Clark

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

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 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