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June 23, 2014 at 4:58 PM

City approves taller buildings, more density near Mount Baker station

The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 today in favor of a plan designed to increase urban density in the 10-block area surrounding the Mount Baker light-rail station. Councilmembers said the rezone will work in conjunction with the larger-scale neighborhood plan to make walking and biking safer, while creating space for new jobs and housing. The legislation also will…

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March 15, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Jesus still invoked at Longview council meetings

Take Our Poll LONGVIEW (AP) — The Rev. Larry Pedigo of Highlands Baptist Church delivered the invocation at Thursday’s City Council meeting and ended the prayer, “In Jesus’ name, Amen.” “Amen,” came the hearty response in the council chambers, The Daily News reported Friday. Longview Mayor Don Jensen told the audience that until…

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March 10, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Former city councilmember Richard McIver dies at 71

Longtime Seattle City Councilmember Richard McIver, 71,  died at Swedish Medical Center Saturday night, according to long-time political associates. Mr. McIver, who served on the city council for more than 20 years before stepping down in 2009, had battled a series of health issues, his former chief of staff Paul Elliott said Sunday morning. Councilmember Jean Godden, a longtime…

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October 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Longshoremen’s union to sue over Sodo arena location

The local longshoremen’s union said today that it will file a lawsuit challenging plans to build a sports arena in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood. The group said the Sodo location jeopardizes jobs and freight mobility. “Our union supports the return of the NBA to Seattle and we are not opposed to an arena somewhere in the Puget…

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December 7, 2011 at 1:35 PM

City Council to address high towing fees

The Seattle City Council announced Wednesday that it will consider legislation early next year to limit the fees tow companies can charge. Councilmember Nick Licata said he was inspired to act following Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat’s story about an $800 towing fee incurred by one Seattle resident. Westneat subsequently followed-up on that original column…

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