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June 25, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Mayor Ed Murray presents plan for a safer Seattle

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray vowed this afternoon to crack down on gun violence, reform Seattle’’s troubled police department and create more jobs to keep teenagers off the streets. In front of a full City Council chamber, Murray unveiled an ambitious plan to increase public safety in Seattle, committing to presenting an annual status report to the…

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June 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Deal jettisons driver caps for Seattle ride-service companies

Ride-service providers Lyft, Sidecar and uberX won’t be limited to 150 drivers on the street at a time under new regulations negotiated by the companies and Mayor Ed Murray’s office. The deal also would give hailing rights to taxi companies such as Eastside for Hire, allowing them to better compete. The city also will issue 200…

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June 11, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Murray names Downtown Seattle Association president as deputy mayor

Kate Joncas, the president of the Downtown Seattle Association, will serve as deputy mayor of operations, Mayor Ed Murray announced today. “I look forward to bringing my knowledge and creativity to help achieve the mayor’s vision,” Joncas said at a morning news conference. Murray said he was excited to have Joncas on his staff. “For the…

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June 6, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Mayor Murray calls for action on gun violence

At an emotional news conference this afternoon, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said he would call a special meeting of the City Council in the coming weeks to address what he called a “senseless epidemic of gun violence.” Murray said he met this week with the families of two Central District murder victims, killed early Sunday morning, and attended a…

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June 3, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Confirmation hearings for SPD-chief nominee to begin Wednesday

Kathleen O’Toole, Mayor Ed Murray’s choice to become the next Seattle police chief, will appear before a City Council committee Wednesday for the start of  confirmation proceedings on her nomination. The Seattle City Council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee will ask the former Boston police commissioner a series of questions during the first of several hearings over…

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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: Ed Murray, Kathleen O'Toole, Seattle City Council

May 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Seattle voters could see a car-tab fee for transit

UPDATE, 4:51 p.m.:  King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a new program today that would let cities, employers, or other institutions buy bus service hours, by signing “Community Mobility Contracts.” Cities such as Seattle could either pay for buses that are on the chopping block due to a Metro budget shortfall; add service to crowded routes; or…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: car tabs, Dow Constantine, Ed Murray

May 2, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Search for Seattle police chief narrowed to 3 finalists

The search for Seattle’s next police chief has been narrowed to three finalists. The finalists are Kathleen O’Toole, former Boston police commissioner; Robert Lehner, police chief in Elk Grove, Calif.; and Frank Milstead, chief of the Mesa, Ariz., Police Department. No longer in the running is Patrick R. Melvin, the police chief of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in…

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May 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

3 finalists for SPD chief to be revealed Friday

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced this morning the names of the three finalists for the city’s next police chief will be released tomorrow. Four people are under consideration: former Boston police commissioner Kathleen O’Toole; Robert Lehner, the chief in Elk Grove, Calif., who previously served as police chief in Eugene, Ore.; Patrick R….

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May 1, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Mayor Murray announces his $15 wage plan

In a decade, Seattle’s minimum wage workers would be making double what they are today, under a plan announced this morning by Mayor Ed Murray. Murray’s plan calls for the city’s minimum wage to climb to $15 an hour, phased in over three to seven years depending on the size of business and whether workers receive tips…

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March 18, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Murray says city will review rules on helicopter landing sites

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said this morning the city will review its rules for helicopter landing sites. The close proximity of several news stations and the heavy tourist traffic at the Seattle Center raise questions about safety. “It could have been much worse. It was a quiet day at the Center,” Murray said of this morning’s crash…

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