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February 18, 2015 at 1:33 PM

Seattle mayor’s legal counsel announces bid for City Council

Less than two hours after Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark dropped her re-election bid Wednesday, Mayor Ed Murray’s legal counsel, M. Lorena González, declared for the seat that Clark had been seeking. Seven of the council’s nine spots are moving to representation by geographic district this year. But two will remain citywide seats, including the…

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Comments | More in Local government, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, M. Lorena González, Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark

February 9, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Longtime organizer returns to Nickelsville tent city

Residents of Seattle’s Nickelsville homeless encampment voted over the weekend to reinstate longtime organizer Scott Morrow, said Sharon Lee, executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute, a financial backer of the tent city. They also voted to bar residents Anthony Jenkins and Lisa Hooper, who helped oust Morrow last month, Lee said. Lee’s nonprofit and the church that…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: homeless encampments, Low Income Housing Institute, Nickelsville

February 5, 2015 at 4:15 PM

Results from Seattle mayor’s housing affordability panel

Updating the Seattle City Council’s housing committee Thursday on the progress of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee, city officials presented feedback from three community meetings and early results from an online public survey. The public meetings were held last November and December. There were 2,466 responses to the online survey, which…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: affordable housing, Housing Affordability and Livability Committee, seattle city council

February 3, 2015 at 5:49 PM

Seattle tent-city residents raise concerns about proposed legislation

Residents of two homeless encampments raised concerns Tuesday about a proposed ordinance that would authorize and regulate up to three additional tent cities in Seattle, potentially on city property. Speaking during the public comment period of a Seattle City Council land-use committee meeting, several residents of Tent City 3 thanked Seattle Mayor Ed Murray for proposing…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: homeless encampments, homelessness, Nickelsville

January 21, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Bill would allow Seattle mayor to tap two school board members

A state lawmaker has proposed new legislation that would give the mayor of Seattle the power to appoint two members of the Seattle School Board. The bill will likely prove controversial. Under current law, the board has seven members, each elected to represent a different geographic region within Seattle. The legislation introduced Wednesday by state Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle, would allow a school board…

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Comments | More in Local government, State government, State Legislature | Topics: education, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle School Board

December 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Seattle mayor to appear on Wednesday’s “CBS Evening News”

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is due to appear Wednesday on the national TV program “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley“ to discuss race relations in America. Pelley taped a segment Tuesday with Murray and the mayors of Miami-Dade, Fla., Gary, Ind. and East Orange, N.J., says Jason Kelly, Murray’s press secretary. The segment will air Wednesday at 6:30…

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Comments | More in Local government | Topics: CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, race relations, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

November 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Viet Shelton will be Seattle mayor’s new communications director

Viet Shelton will be Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s new communications director, he says. Starting Feb. 2, the 33-year-old University of Washington graduate will replace Jeff Reading, who announced last week he would be resigning Dec. 12 to take a job in the private sector. Shelton has worked with Murray before and is currently a spokesman in Washington,…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature, Washington state Democratic Party | Topics: Jeff Reading, Rosalind Brazell, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

November 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Seattle mayor says ‘murder of Mr. Brown’ quote was a misstatement

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he didn’t mean to refer to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., as “murder.” During a news conference Monday, after the announcement that a Missouri grand jury wouldn’t bring criminal charges against the officer who shot Michael Brown in August, Murray used the…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Ferguson, Michael Brown, police reform

November 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Sawant says she’s voting “no” on Seattle budget

There will be a rare “no” vote Monday when the Seattle City Council adopts the city’s new budget for 2015 and 2016. Despite getting her way with several amendments earlier this month, Councilmember Kshama Sawant will dissent, she says. Because of the amendments, the council’s budget will include money to investigate a “millionaires tax,” fast track city…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: budget, seattle city council, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant

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