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Category: Government
April 23, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Snohomish County postpones vote on landslide-zone building ban

The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday morning decided to postpone a vote on an emergency moratorium that would halt new construction in areas at risk of landslides. The six-month moratorium, proposed by Council Chair Dave Somers, would disallow any new residential building-permit applications in areas within a half-mile of slopes in landslide hazard zones that have been mapped…


0 Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Oso mudslide, Snohomish County Council

April 22, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Snohomish County may ban development in landslide-prone areas

The Snohomish County Council will consider an emergency moratorium on development in areas at risk of landslides. Dave Somers, president of the council, said he’ll propose a vote on the six-month ban at a council meeting Wednesday. Somers, who was in Arlington today during President Obama’s visit to the site of the March 22 mudslide, said the…


0 Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Oso mudslide, Snohomish County Council

April 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Bremerton police to test wearing video cameras

The Associated Press BREMERTON — Police expect complaints against officers will decline if officers wear video cameras that record every encounter, Chief Steve Strachan recently told the City Council. The department expects to receive cameras next month that two officers will test as the department makes a final decision about wearable cameras, the Kitsap Sun reported Sunday. Each…


0 Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: body cameras, Bremerton Police Department, Steve Strachan

April 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Rideshare companies move toward forcing vote on new rules

Seattle’s rideshare services submitted signatures today to place a referendum on the August ballot that would overturn new regulations limiting their numbers. Brad Harwood, spokesman for Keep Seattle’s Ride Options, said the group has collected “way more” than the 16,510 signatures needed to get the measure before voters. The city is  immediately blocked from enforcing…


0 Comments | Topics: Keep Seattle's Ride Options, Lyft, Seattle rideshare services

April 16, 2014 at 12:05 PM

City going out of state for next SPD chief

The search for Seattle’s next police chief has been narrowed to 10 candidates, all from out of state, according to sources familiar with the search. The only internal candidate to apply, Assistant Chief Nick Metz, was among 10 applicants removed from a list of 20 candidates reviewed on Friday by Mayor Ed Murray’s search committee, the…


0 Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: Mayor Ed Murray, police-chief search committee, Seattle Police Department

April 15, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Pot vending machines may be allowed in new stores

Pot vending machines may be coming to Washington’s pot stores. They’re apparently rolling into Colorado, or at least into one Colorado shop. The Denver Post reported that an “automated, age-verifying climate-controlled” vending machine is being installed inside a Colorado medical marijuana dispensary. Washington state is considering allowing such machines in its recreational pot shops, according to Randy…


0 Comments | More in Government, Health | Topics: Initiative 502, liquor control board, marijuana

April 14, 2014 at 3:48 PM

State Supreme Court to hear case on ‘boarding’ mentally ill residents

The state Supreme Court has decided to accept a case that could fundamentally change the way severely mentally ill residents are handled when most in need of treatment. The justices said today they will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of so-called “psychiatric boarding” — when residents involuntarily committed for mental-health treatment are parked for hours or…


0 Comments | More in Government | Topics: mental health, Pierce County, psychiatric boarding

April 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to name new police chief in May

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced today that he plans to disclose his choice for the city’s new police chief during the workweek beginning Monday, May 19. Murray’s 12-member search committee is to receive a list of resumes today from a recruiting firm that gathered applications. The committee is expected to reduce the list to about 10 candidates…


0 Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: Mayor Ed Murray, police-chief search, Seattle Police Department

April 10, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Water agency deciding on marijuana policy

By Mike Faulk Yakima Herald-Republic The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is mulling the legality of federal water contracts supporting marijuana businesses, but a spokesman for the agency said no decision has been made. “At the request of various water districts in the West, Reclamation is currently evaluating how the Controlled Substances Act applies in the context of Reclamation…


0 Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: federal government, irrigation water, marijuana

April 10, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Audit: State sold computers with Social Security numbers, tax info still on them

Several state agencies likely gave away or sold hundreds of surplus computers that still contained confidential information, such as Social Security numbers, medical records and tax forms, according to an audit released Thursday. Auditors examined only the computers sent to surplus by 13 agencies over a six-week period last summer. But they estimated that 109…


0 Comments | More in Government | Topics: IT, security, state audit

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