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August 13, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Mayor Murray details plan to double enrollment in utility-discount program

With Seattle utility rates projected to see double-digit increases over the next several years, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Wednesday announced details of his plan to double the enrollment in the city’s low-income utility discount program by 2018. Murray said the city is streamlining the application process, creating a single portal of entry and expanding outreach to…

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August 12, 2014 at 1:05 PM

City Council OKs Cheasty bike-trail grant with conditions

The Seattle City Council Monday approved a $100,000 grant to go forward with construction of a mountain bike trail in the Cheasty Greenspace on the east slope of Beacon Hill, but put several conditions on the money. Council members specified that they and not the Parks Department would give final approval for the project. The council also…

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August 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Missing Snohomish girl found in Lynnwood with 60-year-old man

A missing developmentally-disabled Snohomish girl was found by Lynnwood police Thursday morning in the company of a 60-year-old man. Police say 14-year-old Elizabeth Harwood appeared to be uninjured, but was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The man was arrested on an outstanding warrant, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office. Harwood left her home in…

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August 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

State Supreme Court rules psychiatric boarding unlawful

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that boarding psychiatric patients temporarily in hospital emergency rooms and acute care centers because there isn’t space at certified psychiatric treatment facilities is unlawful. The court ruled unanimously that patients held temporarily in settings that don’t provide individualized psychiatric treatment violates the state’s Involuntary Treatment Act. “It’s always been…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Health | Topics: mentally ill, psychiatric boarding, Supreme Court

August 6, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Franchise group seeks injunction to block $15 minimum wage

The International Franchise Association today asked a federal judge to issue an injunction to immediately block portions of Seattle’s  $15 minimum wage law from taking effect in April. The organization sued the city in June to declare unconstitutional what it said was discriminatory treatment of franchises by treating them as big businesses under the new wage law….

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Comments | Topics: Dave Meinert, International Franchise Association, Seattle $15 minimum wage

July 27, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Former Mayor Paul Schell dies

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Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell died Sunday morning at Swedish hospital. Schell, who served as mayor from 1998 to 2002 was remembered as a “great city builder” by Mayor Ed Murray, whose office announced the death. Schell was 76.

Schell’s rocky term as mayor was marked by public-safety and political crises including the chaotic 1999 WTO protests and 2001 Mardi Gras riot — events that doomed his reelection bid.

But civic leaders praised Schell as a visionary civic leader who left a lasting imprint on Seattle, starting decades before his election as mayor.

“As a citizen activist, lawyer, director of community development, port commissioner, dean of architecture and mayor he directly shaped the civic infrastructure of Seattle for more than 40 years,” Murray said in a news release.

As mayor, Schell led a successful $196 million Libraries for All bond campaign that funded a new downtown library and rebuilt many neighborhood branch libraries. He also championed a $198 million levy for parks and the zoo, and a $72 million effort that mingled public and private dollars to renovate the Seattle Center Opera House and community centers.

“He had a vision for the city that got articulated in bricks and mortar,” friend and former Mayor Charles Royer said in an interview. “I think if it were not for a couple of those bumps, he would have been been regarded as much more effective than he was given credit for. And he is, in my book, one of the most productive mayors we’ve ever had.”

But Schell’s only term was marred by a string of bad news. The 1999 WTO ministerial conference, which Schell had sought for the city, turned into a fiasco of tear gas, property damage and mass arrests. Two years later, during Mardi Gras, a young man was beaten to death in Pioneer Square while police remained on the sidelines of the unruly crowds. As if that weren’t enough, Boeing announced its corporate headquarters would move to Chicago.

By the time Schell ran for reelection, voters were fed up. He placed third in the 2001 primary, behind then-City Attorney Mark Sidran and then-King County Councilman Greg Nickels, who went on to win the general election.

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: Former Mayor Paul Schell, Mayor Ed Murray

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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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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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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