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December 9, 2013 at 3:33 PM

City to pay $235K to settle lawsuits in SPD alley confrontation

The city of Seattle has agreed to pay $235,000 to settle public-records and civil-rights lawsuits brought by a man who alleged the Seattle Police Department illegally withheld documents from him.

The sum, which includes attorney fees and costs, will be paid to Evan Sargent, who sought the documents as part of his assertion that he was assaulted by an off-duty Seattle police officer in 2009.

As part of the settlement, the city made no admission of liability.

A King County judge imposed a $70,000 fine on the Police Department for violations of the state’s Public Records Act, prompting the city to appeal.

The state Court of Appeals found the department had failed to adequately explain all of the reasons for withholding some information from Sargent’s attorneys, but said the violations were unintentional and that fine was “completely disproportionate.” The court ordered the case sent back to the King County court to refigure the fines.

The case was then appealed to the state Supreme Court, where it was pending when the settlement was reached Friday.

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: City of Seattle, Public Records Act, Seattle Police Department

June 13, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Seattle to keep shelter beds open through summer

The City of Seattle will continue to operate two homeless shelters through Sept. 30, offering an emergency place for 115 people to sleep at night. The shelters, one at City Hall and the other at Angeline’s Center for Homeless Women, were both scheduled to shut down June 15. Both shelters were originally opened for winter, but earlier…

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February 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Misrepresentation in longshore workers’ arena lawsuit?

Key to the arena lawsuit filed by the longshore workers union is the argument that the Memorandum of Understanding reached in October with investor Chris Hansen, Seattle and King County commits the government to a Sodo location in violation of state environmental laws. The agreement names the Sodo site, where Hansen owns land, and creates “irreversible momentum” to develop…

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Comments | Topics: Arena lawsuit, City of Seattle, Dow Constantine

January 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Seattle gets C+ for financial transparency

How easy is it to find online information about the City of Seattle’s spending? WashPIRG, the public interest research group, released a report card on the 30 largest U.S. cities today and gave Seattle a C+ grade. The city did well in having detailed, checkbook-level financial information available online, said Micaela Preskill, a WashPIRG advocate. But she…

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Comments | Topics: budget, City of Seattle, washpirg

November 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM

City of Seattle: Be prepared for winter folks

If all this rain hasn’t been a warning, winter’s a-comin’ and Seattle Mayor McGinn wants to make sure you’re ready to deal with it. (Even if you don’t live in Seattle, there’s some good information to be had here.) Hizzoner’s staff has put together a list of things to think about and gather if and when…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Weather Beat | Topics: City of Seattle, mayor, prepare

October 24, 2012 at 3:30 PM

City, feds formally ask judge to appoint L.A. consultant as SPD monitor

The City of Seattle and the Department of Justice, as expected, filed a joint request Wednesday asking a federal judge to appoint Los Angeles police consultant Merrick Bobb as the independent monitor to oversee police reforms. The request, in a four-page motion, was submitted to U.S. District Judge James Robart, who is presiding over a settlement…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: City of Seattle, Justice Department, Monitor

August 29, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Flat-rate taxicab trips to Sea-Tac airport increased today

A flat rate for Seattle taxicab rides from the downtown hotel district to Sea-Tac Airport has increased from $32 to $40. The new fare took effect today. The fare is based on the average taximeter fare from the middle of downtown to the airport, according to a city of Seattle news release. The law defines the downtown…

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Comments | Topics: City of Seattle, King County Council, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

July 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Seattle has new tribal relations liaison

Seattle has a new tribal relations liaison for the Office of Intergovernmental Relations. Nicole Willis will represent the city and work with local tribes on a variety of issues including natural resources, land use, sacred sites. She will also work with Urban Indian community representative organizations and to help improve collaboration with the city. According to a city…

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June 25, 2012 at 5:44 PM

City, feds release key documents in SPD talks

City officials have released for the first time their official proposal to address a Department of Justice finding that Seattle police officers routinely use excessive force. The proposal, which was submitted to the Department of Justice on May 16, had been kept secret under a confidentiality agreement between the two sides but was released late this…

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