This post was updated at 5:50 p.m. to include a comment from Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.
This is about as scandalous as a senior citizens coffee hour can get.
Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw has agreed to pay a nominal $150 fine to settle an ethics violation related her involvement earlier this year in the campaign for the creation of a Seattle Park District, according to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission (SEEC).
Bagshaw improperly mixed city business with campaign advocacy on July 17 when she brought pro-park district literature to a coffee hour hosted by the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens that was billed as a discussion of the park district proposal, SEEC Executive Director Wayne Barnett determined.
The two-term councilmember says she wasn’t told the coffee hour would be a city event. Bagshaw says she didn’t know about the city’s role and wouldn’t have brought campaign flyers to the coffee hour otherwise.
“The mayor’s office called the campaign and asked for a speaker to talk about Proposition 1, so I didn’t even question it,” Bagshaw said Tuesday.
Bagshaw left the flyers on a table at the event and they were later distributed to seniors, but not by her, Barnett found.
The settlement must be approved by the SEEC, which is scheduled to meet Wednesday.
It will also review a proposed $750 fine for Dahvee Enciso, a Seattle Department of Transportation employee who requested that the agency hire his brother-in-law as a temporary worker without disclosing their relationship.
Enciso, 34, a Traffic Signs and Marking crew chief, forwarded the brother-in-law’s resume to SDOT human resources in April 2013, describing the relative as “someone I would highly recommend,” Barnett found.
The relative was hired the next month and was assigned to Enciso’s crew, making $23 an hour, plus overtime. It wasn’t until September 2013 that Enciso disclosed the family relationship to human resources.
The brother-in-law was reassigned and then left SDOT in December 2013.
Enciso could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.