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Category: Government
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…


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

October 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Judge dismisses suit by SPD officers on use-of-force reforms

Sweeping away all claims, U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 100 Seattle police officers seeking to block new, federally mandated use-of-force policies. “It does not shock the conscience to see certain de-escalation procedures imposed on police officers in an effort by their Department to avoid a pattern or practice of excessive use of force,”…


Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Seattle Police Department, U.S. District Court, use of force

October 16, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Gregory Dean retiring after 10 years as Seattle fire chief

  Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean announced Thursday he will be retiring at the end of the year — and this time, he won’t be swayed to stay as he was when he first tried to retire a year ago. Dean, who graduated from Seattle’s Franklin High School and  has spent his entire 44-year career with…


Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Gregory Dean, Seattle Fire Department

October 16, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Robert Utter, former Washington Supreme Court justice, dies at 84

By Brad Shannon/The Olympian Former state Supreme Court justice Robert Utter, who had resigned in protest of the court’s handling of death penalty cases in 1995, died late Wednesday at the age of 84. The Administrative Office of the Courts announced the death, and a public service is planned. Utter served on the court for 23 years…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Robert Utter, Wsahington State Supreme Court

October 15, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Circuit court temporarily halts gay marriages in Alaska

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary halt to gay marriages in Alaska on Wednesday. With the decision, the federal appeals court in San Francisco has allowed the state until Friday to get a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court. If that stay isn’t issued, the federal court action…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: 9th Circuit, gay marriage

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…


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

October 14, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Seattle police, city news to be posted on Nextdoor site

Seattle police and Mayor Ed Murray’s office are expected to announce plans Wednesday to begin posting city news on the Nextdoor private social network. Starting Wednesday, Seattle news will be cross-posted from each city department’s blog or website to specific neighborhoods, groups of neighborhoods, or even the entire city via the online network, said police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb. City and…


Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: City of Seattle, Nextdoor, Seattle Police Department

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…


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

October 9, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Judge has pointed questions in SPD officers’ use-of-force lawsuit

A federal judge on Thursday fired a barrage of skeptical questions at an attorney representing dozens of  Seattle police officers who filed suit seeking to block new, federally mandated use-of-force policies. “Ignored or not agreed with?” U.S. District  Judge Marsha Pechman pointedly asked the attorney, Athan Tramountanas, when he asserted the officers’ concerns about the policies had been ignored…


Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: lawsuit, Seattle Police Department, U.S. District Court

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