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July 2, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Murray names new city transportation chief

A former big-city transportation deputy with experience in developing transit, street cars, bike lanes and pedestrian routes is Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s choice to lead the city transportation department. Scott Kubly, who was previously a deputy transportation director in both Washington D.C. and Chicago, will take over the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) July 28 on an interim basis…

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Comments | Topics: Peter Hahn, Scott Kubly, Seattle Department of Transportation

July 2, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Forward Seattle delivers referendum signatures to oppose $15 minimum wage

Forward Seattle supporters this afternoon delivered what they hope are enough signatures to qualify a referendum for a public vote on the city $15 minimum wage. The group needs more than 16,500 valid voter signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot. City Clerk Monica Martinez Simmons said her staff likely will not finish counting the…

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July 1, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Officials asked to investigate whether signature gatherers made false claims about minimum wage

Supporters of a $15 minimum wage in Seattle have asked King County prosecutors to investigate allegations that signature gatherers for a referendum that would put the measure to a vote in November are making fraudulent claims. Signature gatherers for Forward Seattle, which opposes the $15 minimum wage, have told  people that the measure would raise the…

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Comments | Topics: $15, minimum wage

June 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Pete Holmes apologizes for charter amendment gaffe

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes today apologized for his office’s failure to recognize that a 15 Now charter amendment couldn’t appear on the city ballot until 2015. “I have apologized to our city clients for not spotting the voter-proposed charter amendment issue sooner, and for not concluding our research sooner. I am committed to ensure that the CAO…

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Comments | Topics: 15 Now, minimum wage, Pete Holmes

June 6, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Mayor Murray calls for action on gun violence

At an emotional news conference this afternoon, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said he would call a special meeting of the City Council in the coming weeks to address what he called a “senseless epidemic of gun violence.” Murray said he met this week with the families of two Central District murder victims, killed early Sunday morning, and attended a…

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Comments | Topics: Ed Murray, shooting

June 5, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Pushback builds against $15 minimum wage

Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman filed an initiative Wednesday that would make the state the sole authority for setting the minimum wage and remove Seattle’s ability to strike out on its own. The measure, which could be voted on by the entire state or enacted by the 2015 legislature, makes the state’s power retroactive to any ordinance…

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Comments | Topics: $15, Forward Seattle, minimum wage

June 4, 2014 at 4:49 PM

City Light head could get $110,000 raise

A Seattle City Council committee today approved a raise of up to $110,000 for Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco that would bring his salary to $364,000 a year. Carrasco already is the highest paid employee in the city, but other heads of public power companies make significantly more, the city personnel director Susan Coskey told the council…

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Comments | Topics: Jorge Carrasco, Seattle City Council, Seattle City Light

June 4, 2014 at 2:33 PM

New voter’s guide wording for Seattle Parks District proposal

The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission Tuesday agreed with opponents of a proposed Seattle Parks District that the wording submitted for the city voter’s guide wasn’t adequate. The commission voted 5-0 to add language that gives the maximum property tax that can be levied and notes that a new parks district can levy taxes above the current…

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Comments | Topics: Seattle City Council, Seattle Displacement Coalition, Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission

May 31, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Man stabbed in Occidental Park

A man was stabbed in Occidental Park about 6:30 p.m. tonight. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to Seattle police spokesman Officer Patrick Michaud. Despite numerous witnesses, police couldn’t find anyone who would talk about the incident, Michaud said. The victim initially told police his attacker was a Hispanic man…

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Comments | Topics: occidental park, Seattle Police, stabbing

May 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Judge tweaks ballot title for Seattle parks measure

A King County Superior Court judge has changed slightly the ballot title for a measure that would create a Seattle Parks District. After a lawsuit was filed challenging its sufficiency, Judge John Ruhl Friday added to the title the maximum amount of property taxes that could be levied under the measure — up to 75 cents on $1,000…

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