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Category: Government
December 19, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Veronica Alicea Galván named to King Co. Superior Court bench

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday the appointment of Veronica Alicea Galván to the King County Superior Court bench. Galván is a former Assistant City Attorney for the city of Seattle who currently presides over the Des Moines Municipal Court and operates a dual-language courtroom that allows cases to be heard in Spanish. She earned her law…

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December 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Sue Rahr named to Obama task force on policing

Sue Rahr, the executive director of the Washington State Criminal  Justice Training Commission, was named Thursday to President Obama’s task force on building trust between police and communities throughout the country. Rahr, the former King County sheriff who in 2012  took over the commission and its training academy for police agencies throughout the state,…

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December 16, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Seattle task force on homelessness to present its ideas Thursday

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness has completed its work, and a City Council committee will hear the group’s recommendations Thursday, said Jason Kelly, Murray’s press secretary. The deadline for the group to provide its recommendations was Monday. Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim will brief the council’s housing committee. Murray has not yet decided…

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December 16, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Obama rules out oil-drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he’s removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska’s coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling. The president said in a video announcement that Bristol Bay and nearby waters, covering an area roughly the size of Florida, would be…

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December 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Seattle Housing Authority puts rent change on hold

The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) has shelved its controversial plan to raise rents for thousands of tenants. There will be no rent policy change until 2016 and the SHA may scrap the plan altogether. “We have decided to put consideration of the Stepping Forward proposal on hold,” SHA Executive Director Andrew Lofton wrote Monday in a letter…

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December 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM

SPD assistant chief Nick Metz finalist for chief in Aurora, Colo.

Assistant Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz is one of four finalists to become the next police chief in Aurora, Colo., according to a news release issued by the large Denver suburb. Metz, 52, also was a recent candidate for the job of Bellevue police chief, but the city scrapped the search and decided to start over…

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December 15, 2014 at 3:28 PM

O’Toole opens all 5 assistant chief jobs to competition

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced Monday she will open the department’s five assistant chief positions to competition beginning in January, a move that could lead to a significant realignment in the top ranks. Applications will be open to anyone in the department who holds the rank of lieutenant or above, including the current assistant…

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December 11, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Bill passes that could bring overhaul of ice breaker Polar Sea

Congress on Wednesday passed legislation funding the Coast Guard for another year and included a provision authorizing the refurbishment of the Seattle-based Polar Sea icebreaker if it is a  cost-efficient option. Without the Polar Sea, the United States has only two operational icebreakers. Refurbishing the vessel could take five years and involve some 300 workers, according to Sen….

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December 9, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Seattle Police Department watchdog fields protest-related complaints

The Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability has received three complaints in the past 24 hours in connection with recent street protests over police brutality and racial bias in the criminal justice system, an official said. Two of the complaints relate to use of force by police and one relates to rudeness/professionalism, the office’s civilian director, Piece Murphy, said Tuesday…

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December 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Metropolitan King County Council allows tent encampments for 10 more years

The Metropolitan King County Council has approved legislation allowing tent encampments to operate in the county’s unincorporated areas for another 10 years. The county has permitted the homeless encampments since adopting a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness more than nine years ago. Homelessness has hardly ended in that time, with almost 10,000 households turning to the county…

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