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February 14, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Harborview’s top leader makes abrupt exit

Eileen Whalen, a noted trauma-services expert who has served as executive director of Harborview Medical Center since 2008, has abruptly resigned. In a short memo to staff on Friday, Johnese Spisso, chief health system officer, UW Medicine, and vice president for medical affairs, University of Washington, said Whalen’s resignation became effective on Thursday. Spisso said she will…

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0 Comments | Topics: Eileen Whalen, Harborview Medical Center, Johnese Spisso

December 16, 2013 at 4:29 PM

King County blocks new medical-marijuana shops

The Metropolitan King County Council today approved a one-year moratorium on new medical-marijuana dispensaries and gardens in the unincorporated areas of the county. In a unanimous vote, the council adopted the emergency legislation proposed by County Executive Dow Constantine. The bill went through an expedited process and takes effect immediately. Constantine believed the normal process might have alerted…

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0 Comments | More in Government, Health, Politics | Topics: Initiative 502, King County Council, medical marijuana

November 18, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Struggling Seattle shelter for young adults likely to get city funding

A struggling young adult shelter at YouthCare’s James W. Ray Orion Center will likely stay open next year after the Seattle City Council’s budget committee voted unanimously Monday to grant the shelter $130,000. The full council is expected to vote on the budget next Monday.

The contribution more than matches the $120,000 in funding the Metropolitan King County  Council approved last week for the shelter. Combined, the funds will make it possible for the 15-20 bed center to stay open at least five nights a week next year.

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0 Comments | Topics: King County Council, Orion Center, Seattle City Council

September 25, 2013 at 9:15 PM

King County OKs impounding impaired boaters’ vessels

Under new legislation, the King County Sheriff’s Office can impound vessels of people found to be operating boats out on the water while impaired. The sheriff’s office got the authority after a measure sponsored by King County Council members Rod Dembowski and Reagan Dunn  was unanimously approved this week, according to a sheriff’s office release. Previously, deputies…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: bui, impounding, King County Council

October 2, 2012 at 11:57 AM

County Council reviews arena deal

The Metropolitan King County Council reviewed the city’s revised proposal for a new sports arena in Seattle this  morning and is likely to vote on the deal this month. Meeting as the budget committee, eight council members heard staff analysts describe the city changes, which were generally well-received, and asked questions. Bob Ferguson was the only…

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0 Comments | More in Government, Politics, Sports | Topics: arena, Chris Hansen, King County Council

September 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Seattle City Council approves new arena

The Seattle City Council voted to approve an agreement with investor Chris Hansen to build a $490 million sports and entertainment arena in Sodo. Council members praised the revised agreement as providing significant protections for the public’s $200 million contribution and providing a revenue stream to address transportation issues in Sodo and the future of KeyArena. “This…

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0 Comments | Topics: King County Council, Seattle City Council, sports arena

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

August 15, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Port agrees to sell rail corridor for use as a trail

From Staff Reporter Keith Ervin  The Port of Seattle Commission has agreed to sell much of the Eastside Rail Corridor to King County for future use as a trail. The $15 million deal, approved by the commission Tuesday, still needs ratification by the Metropolitan King County Council. After the Port bought the 42-mile Renton-to-Snohomish rail line from BNSF…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Eastside Rail Corridor, King County Council, Port of Seattle

July 30, 2012 at 1:41 PM

King County Council approves arena proposal

UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: Council Chair Larry Gossett and Kathy Lambert say they’ll vote in favor of the arena deal, which seals the deal. The 6-3 vote was taken to applause from the audience. UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: Peter von Reichbauer says he’ll vote no. Joe McDermott indicates he will vote yes. UPDATE 5:15 p.m.: Three Council Members —…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Government, Sports | Topics: Chris Hansen, King County Council, Seattle City Council

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