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August 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM

City seeks new Parks Department head

By Daniel Beekman Seattle Times staff reporter Seattle’s acting Parks Department superintendent is stepping down for health reasons and to make way for a new leader who will be hired after the city conducts a national search, Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday. Murray said the search will be completed by January. Christopher Williams, 50, who has served as acting…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Christopher Williams, Seattle Parks Department

July 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

City drops tree-cutting charges against former Magnuson Park volunteer

The Seattle City Attorney’s Office  has dropped charges against a former Magnuson Park volunteer land steward accused of wrongly cutting down trees. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department requested the charges against Kurt Zwar, which were filed in April. But on Thursday, Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams asked that the charged be dropped, writing that while “it is clear…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: Danny Westneat, Magnuson Park, trees

July 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Seattle’s minimum-wage law won’t face referendum vote

Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law won’t face a referendum in the fall. King County Elections today said two referendum attempts failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. One, brought by business group Forward Seattle, submitted 18,929 signatures, but only 14,818 were found to be valid. The other referendum, by Save Our Choice,  submitted…


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June 16, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Council approves big pay raise for City Light CEO

The Seattle City Council today voted 6-2 to approve a raise of up to $120,000 for City Light Chief Executive Officer Jorge Carrasco. Carrasco, already the highest-paid city employee at nearly $245,000 a year, now has a pay range up to $364,000, though a spokesman for Mayor Ed Murray has said Carrasco would get about $305,000 in a…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Jorge Carrasco, Seattle City Light

June 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Deal jettisons driver caps for Seattle ride-service companies

Ride-service providers Lyft, Sidecar and uberX won’t be limited to 150 drivers on the street at a time under new regulations negotiated by the companies and Mayor Ed Murray’s office. The deal also would give hailing rights to taxi companies such as Eastside for Hire, allowing them to better compete. The city also will issue 200…


Comments | More in General news, Politics | Topics: Ed Murray, Lyft, Seattle City Council

June 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Murray names Downtown Seattle Association president as deputy mayor

Kate Joncas, the president of the Downtown Seattle Association, will serve as deputy mayor of operations, Mayor Ed Murray announced today. “I look forward to bringing my knowledge and creativity to help achieve the mayor’s vision,” Joncas said at a morning news conference. Murray said he was excited to have Joncas on his staff. “For the…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: deputy mayor, Ed Murray, Kate Joncas

June 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Franchise owners sue to stop Seattle’s minimum-wage plan

A group of Seattle franchise owners today sued to stop the city from moving forward with its current proposal to raise the minimum wage. The franchise owners argue that the law unfairly treats them as large-business owners, though they are independently owned and operated as small businesses. Under the proposal, they must increase their minimum wage…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: $15, franshisees, minimum wage

May 18, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Sunday Memo: Embracing a new pot economy … Staying in school … Do you know what you’re chewing?

Weather: Saturday turned out to be much nicer than expected, so here’s hoping today will, too. Though I’m sure I just jinxed it.  The National Weather Service calls for a high of 64 with showers likely. The rest of the week ranges from cloudy to mostly sunny, with highs nearing 70. Enjoy.   More

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March 23, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Rescuers say voices are no longer coming from mudslide area

With at least 18 people still missing and hundreds waiting to hear about the fate of loved ones in a mile-wide mudslide, Snohomish County Executive John Lovick said rescuers haven’t reported hearing any voices from the slide area since Saturday night. “The anxiety of that is beyond description,” Gov. Jay Inslee said at a noon news…


Comments | More in General news, Homepage | Topics: Jay Inslee, John Lovick, mudslide

January 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Annual count finds 14 percent more homeless in King County

Last night, 3,117 people had no shelter in King County, a 14 percent increase from the 2,736 people volunteers counted living without shelter last year, according to the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness’s One Night Count. Volunteers counted 2,392 unsheltered homeless people in Seattle, with about a third staying in cars or trucks. One Night Count…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: homelessness, One night count

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