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Category: Government
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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

April 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Appeals court kicks ‘psychiatric boarding’ case to state Supreme Court

The state Supreme Court is getting a chance to rule on the constitutionality of making involuntarily-detained mentally ill residents wait for hours or days in hospital emergency rooms before receiving treatment. A Pierce County-based appellate judge on Wednesday kicked a major case about so-called “psychiatric boarding” to the high court, although it’s not yet known whether…

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0 Comments | More in Government | Topics: mental health, psychiatric boarding, state supreme court

April 3, 2014 at 9:14 AM

4 members of delegation ask for tax extension for victims of mudslide

Four members of Washington’s congressional delegation representing Snohomish County on Thursday asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to extend the tax-filing deadline for victims of the mudslide in Oso. The IRS in the past has granted such reprieve for victims of natural disasters. Most recently, it gave a six-month extension for people affected by September 2013…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Congress, delegation, extension

April 2, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Prosecutors told of potential problem with SPD in-car videos

The King County Prosecutor’s Office said today that it has been informed of a potential problem with Seattle police patrol-car video that could affect prosecutions. “We’re just learning of this and we will be meeting with city officials to find out more,” Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the Prosecutor’s Office, said in an email. Donohoe said there was…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: in-car video, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Seattle Police Department

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