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Category: Government
November 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

$2.5 million claim filed against city of Seattle over crash involving Councilmember Clark

A $2.5 million claim has been filed against the city of Seattle, citing a collision more than two years ago in which a vehicle driven by Councilmember Sally Clark injured a bicyclist. The claim, brought by Steve Fairbanks, a former Lakewood, Pierce County, man who now lives in Oregon, represents the first step in a potential…


Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Sally Clark, Seattle City Council, traffic collision

November 23, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Seattle U.S. attorney collects $6.9 million in cases

The Associated Press SEATTLE — Federal prosecutors in Seattle say they collected $6.9 million in criminal and civil cases in the 2014 fiscal year. Annette Hayes, the acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, says federal authorities took in an additional $12.2 million in forfeited assets related to criminal activity. She says the collections show…


Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: Alaska Airlines, Annette Hayes, Federal Aviation Administration

November 21, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Seattle mayor pardons tofu turkey ahead of Thanksgiving

This is what Thanksgiving in Seattle looks like, apparently. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray pardoned a tofu turkey Friday. Murray posed for photos with the phony fowl at City Hall to draw attention to “hunger in our community” ahead of Thanksgiving and the holiday season, spokesman Jason Kelly said. The stunt wasn’t a nod to People for the Ethical Treatment of…


Comments | Topics: food banks, hunger, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

November 14, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Public memorial for Gov. Inslee’s father to be held Sunday

A public memorial for Frank Inslee, a well-known Seattle educator, school counselor and coach, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Golden Gardens Bathhouse, 8498 Seaview Place N. in Seattle. Inslee, who died Oct. 13 at the age of 88, was the father of Gov. Jay Inslee. He was a fourth-generation Washingtonian, a Navy veteran,…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Frank Inslee, Gov. Jay Inslee

November 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

SPD officers to appeal dismissal of use-of-force suit

In court papers filed Friday, 89 Seattle police officers said they intend to appeal the dismissal of their federal lawsuit seeking to block new use-of-force polices. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman threw out the suit last month, ruling that the policies designed to address excessive force in the Seattle Police Department reasonably balance the need for…


Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Seattle Police Department, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, use-of-force lawsuit

November 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Mayor appoints new Seattle Housing Authority board members

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has appointed to the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) board two new commissioners who may try to block a controversial plan to raise rents for thousands of tenants. Under the plan, called Stepping Forward, SHA would use apartment size rather than tenant income to set rents for households with at…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Jermaine Smiley, low-income housing, public housing

November 13, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Paseo files for bankruptcy

Update: Read the full story here. Paseo has filed for bankruptcy. The popular Seattle restaurant, which surprised sandwich fans by abruptly closing both of its locations Tuesday, lists assets of $81,971 and liabilities of only $30,425 in a petition for Chapter 7 voluntary bankruptcy filed Wednesday in Seattle federal court. But the petition also lists the Internal Revenue Service and…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: bankruptcy, food, Paseo

November 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Seattle City Council may add minimum-wage investigators, funding to mayor’s budget

Seattle’s much-heralded new minimum wage is scheduled to take effect on April 1, but Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed 2015-2016 budget includes just one additional staff member next year to investigate businesses that may be breaking the city’s labor laws. That’s not nearly enough, says City Council President Tim Burgess, who’s asking his colleagues this…


Comments | Topics: Mike O'Brien, minimum wage, paid sick leave

November 3, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Judge: Liquor Board broke open-meetings law in work on pot rules

The Associated Press A judge says the Washington Liquor Control Board broke the state’s open public-meetings law 17 times as it began working on rules for the recreational-marijuana industry. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Christine Schaller issued the ruling Friday in a case brought by Arthur West, a critic of the legal pot law. The judge said…


Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: legal marijuana; Washington State Liquor Control Board

November 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Governor: Wear red and white Monday to support Marysville

Gov. Jay Inslee is urging people across Washington to wear red and white on Monday to support communities affected by the Oct. 24 shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. Red and white are the school’s colors. “School will be back in session at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Monday, Nov. 3. When students and staff walk back into…


Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Gov. Jay Inslee, Marysville Pilchuck High School, Marysville-Pilchuck shooting

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