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October 20, 2014 at 10:07 AM

No women among 25 best-paid Seattle city employees

There were no women last year among Seattle’s 25 best-paid city employees, and there were just two women among city employees with the 25 highest base salaries in 2013, city records show. Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco topped both lists despite having no overtime pay. His base salary for the year was $243,715.40. Mayor Ed Murray in…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: gender pay gap, Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

October 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Seattle City Council committee takes step on affordable housing ‘linkage fee’

The Seattle City Council moved a step closer Tuesday to establishing a new set of fees on real estate development to pay for affordable housing. The council’s land use committee recommended approval of a resolution directing city staffers to draft legislation to create the so-called “linkage fees.” The full council is expected to vote on the resolution next Monday. The…

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Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news, Government | Topics: linkage fees, real estate development, Seattle City Council

October 14, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Mayor Ed Murray’s former press secretary files $1M discrimination claim

A former press secretary for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says she was subject to discrimination and has filed a claim with the city demanding no less than $1 million in damages. Rosalind Brazel, 42, was Murray’s first press secretary after the mayor took office in January but was replaced in March after being involved in a couple of public snafus, including More

Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: claim for damages, discrimination, Rosalind Brazel

October 13, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Seattle council OKs zoning change for new youth courthouse, jail

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to approve a zoning change allowing King County to build a new juvenile courthouse and jail at the height and width it wants to. The vote was 8 to 1. The lone vote against the change was Councilmember Kshama Sawant. She sided with opponents of the new juvenile-justice complex who…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: crime, juvenile justice, King County

October 7, 2014 at 3:13 PM

First public hearing on Seattle’s budget today at 5:30 p.m.

The Seattle City Council will hold the first of two public hearings on Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed 2015 and 2016 budget at 5:30 p.m. at Garfield Community Center in the Central District. People wishing to provide public comment must sign up between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on sheets provided at the center. The hearing will…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: 2015 Seattle city budget, budget, Garfield Community Center

October 2, 2014 at 11:31 AM

State audit says Seattle poorly tracks millions in federal grants

Update: Find updated, more complete coverage of this story here. Seattle’s Human Services Department played fast and loose with millions of dollars in federal grants in 2013 despite repeated warnings over several years by the state auditor’s office, a new report says. The department, which spent almost $38 million in federal grants last year, “does not have adequate internal controls to effectively…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Seattle Human Services Department, Washington State Auditor's Office

September 29, 2014 at 4:37 PM

New parking meters, time-of-day rates on the way

The Seattle City Council on Monday signed off on money to start replacing or refurbishing all 2,200 of the city’s parking pay stations, a project that will allow the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to begin setting rates that change based on time of day. The council initially approved the project last year but held back $1.3…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Traffic & Transit | Topics: parking, Pioneer Square, Seattle Department of Transporation

September 23, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Seattle officials ask new housing affordability committee to seek solutions

Mayor Ed Murray vowed Tuesday to address Seattle’s housing affordability crisis the same way he handled the debate earlier this year over raising the city’s minimum wage: by seeking recommendations from an advisory committee. The 28-member Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee, established by a City Council resolution that Murray signed Tuesday, will be co-chaired by Faith Li…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: $15 minimum wage, housing, Mayor Ed Murray

September 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Constantine proposes levy for children as he unveils budget plan

King County may ask voters next fall to approve a new levy for early childhood programs and other youth services, County Executive Dow Constantine said Monday while unveiling his budget plan for 2015 and 2016. Investing in children now will save the county money in the long run by reducing future costs associated with incarceration, violence,…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: budget, Dow Constantine, King County

September 15, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Seattle mayor proposes new city office to oversee labor laws

Now that Seattle has “captured the nation’s attention” by passing a series of high-profile laws to protect workers and increase their pay, it must make sure that businesses understand and follow the new rules, Mayor Ed Murray said Monday as he proposed creating an Office of Labor Standards. The office would carry out education and enforcement duties related…

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Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news, Government, Politics | Topics: $15 minimum wage, 2015 Seattle city budget, Mayor Ed Murray

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