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Category: Government
September 23, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Seattle officials ask new housing affordability committee to seek solutions

Mayor Ed Murray vowed Tuesday to address Seattle’s housing affordability crisis the same way he handled the debate earlier this year over raising the city’s minimum wage: by seeking recommendations from an advisory committee. The 28-member Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee, established by a City Council resolution that Murray signed Tuesday, will be co-chaired by Faith Li…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: $15 minimum wage, housing, Mayor Ed Murray

September 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Constantine proposes levy for children as he unveils budget plan

King County may ask voters next fall to approve a new levy for early childhood programs and other youth services, County Executive Dow Constantine said Monday while unveiling his budget plan for 2015 and 2016. Investing in children now will save the county money in the long run by reducing future costs associated with incarceration, violence,…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: budget, Dow Constantine, King County

September 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Seattle city attorney will seek dismissal of 100 pot citations

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes told the City Council on Monday morning that he will seek dismissal of 100 tickets for public marijuana use after a single police officer was found to have written the vast majority of the citations as part of a political agenda. Bicycle Officer Randy Jokela issued about 80 percent of…

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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: marijuana, Seattle City Council

September 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Documents confirm SPD officer punched handcuffed woman

The Washington State Patrol served a search warrant last month for records related to possible injuries suffered by a Seattle police officer who is under criminal investigation over  punching a handcuffed woman, according to newly filed court documents. The officer, Adley E. Shepherd, was relieved of duty in June after patrol-car video raised questions…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: search warrant, Seattle Police Department, Washington State Patrol

September 15, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Seattle mayor proposes new city office to oversee labor laws

Now that Seattle has “captured the nation’s attention” by passing a series of high-profile laws to protect workers and increase their pay, it must make sure that businesses understand and follow the new rules, Mayor Ed Murray said Monday as he proposed creating an Office of Labor Standards. The office would carry out education and enforcement duties related…

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Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news, Government, Politics, Seattle Police Department | Topics: $15 minimum wage, 2015 Seattle city budget, Mayor Ed Murray

September 15, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Authorities investigating alleged misappropriation of money at Sea-Tac Airport

A manager at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Credential Center has been fired after investigations into alleged misappropriation of money in that office. The Credential Center dispenses security badges to airport workers and also collects fines for security violations and lost badges. The manager was fired Aug. 22, according to airport spokesman Perry Cooper. She had been placed…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: Port of Seattle, Port of Seattle Police Department

September 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Chief O’Toole to seek dismissal of pot tickets written by single officer

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has asked city attorneys to seek the dismissal of  all of the citations issued by a bicycle officer who wrote 80 percent of the tickets during the first half of this year for using marijuana in public. The request to the City Attorney’s Office is based on a conclusion the 66 citations…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Kathleen O'Toole, marijuana tickets, Seattle Police Department

September 11, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Seattle City Council may consider growth impact fees for builders

Eighty cities across the state charge growth impact fees when developers build new projects that put additional demand on public roads, schools, parks and fire departments. Bellevue, Shoreline and Federal Way are among them, but Seattle is not. It could become No. 81, however. People in Seattle government have previously discussed impact fees, which require developers to help…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: impact fees, real estate, Seattle City Council

September 10, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Inslee asks feds to reconsider aid for wildfire homeowners

Gov. Jay Inslee is asking the federal government to reconsider providing federal aid to people hurt by the state’s largest wildfire. Inslee said Wednesday that more homes were destroyed or damaged than initially thought. The governor wrote to President Obama, saying temporary housing assistance from the federal government is needed for a full economic recovery. He says hundreds…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: disaster relief, federal aid, Gov. Jay Inslee

September 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Seattle city councilmember faces fine for ethics violation

This post was updated at 5:50 p.m. to include a comment from Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. This is about as scandalous as a senior citizens coffee hour can get. Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw has agreed to pay a nominal $150 fine to settle an ethics violation related her involvement earlier this year in the campaign for…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council, Seattle Department of Transportation

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