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July 28, 2014 at 6:16 PM

SPD Chief O’Toole announces top staff appointments

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole today announced her first major appointment to her top staff. In a posting on a department website, O’Toole wrote: “I am pleased to announce that I have added Mike Wagers to my staff as SPD’s Chief Operating Officer. Mike will oversee the Patrol Support Bureau, Administrative Services, Information Technology, Human Resources and…

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July 27, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Former Mayor Paul Schell dies

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Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell died Sunday morning at Swedish hospital. Schell, who served as mayor from 1998 to 2002 was remembered as a “great city builder” by Mayor Ed Murray, whose office announced the death. Schell was 76.

Schell’s rocky term as mayor was marked by public-safety and political crises including the chaotic 1999 WTO protests and 2001 Mardi Gras riot — events that doomed his reelection bid.

But civic leaders praised Schell as a visionary civic leader who left a lasting imprint on Seattle, starting decades before his election as mayor.

“As a citizen activist, lawyer, director of community development, port commissioner, dean of architecture and mayor he directly shaped the civic infrastructure of Seattle for more than 40 years,” Murray said in a news release.

As mayor, Schell led a successful $196 million Libraries for All bond campaign that funded a new downtown library and rebuilt many neighborhood branch libraries. He also championed a $198 million levy for parks and the zoo, and a $72 million effort that mingled public and private dollars to renovate the Seattle Center Opera House and community centers.

“He had a vision for the city that got articulated in bricks and mortar,” friend and former Mayor Charles Royer said in an interview. “I think if it were not for a couple of those bumps, he would have been been regarded as much more effective than he was given credit for. And he is, in my book, one of the most productive mayors we’ve ever had.”

But Schell’s only term was marred by a string of bad news. The 1999 WTO ministerial conference, which Schell had sought for the city, turned into a fiasco of tear gas, property damage and mass arrests. Two years later, during Mardi Gras, a young man was beaten to death in Pioneer Square while police remained on the sidelines of the unruly crowds. As if that weren’t enough, Boeing announced its corporate headquarters would move to Chicago.

By the time Schell ran for reelection, voters were fed up. He placed third in the 2001 primary, behind then-City Attorney Mark Sidran and then-King County Councilman Greg Nickels, who went on to win the general election.

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July 3, 2014 at 3:48 PM

City Council to take up new ride-service compromise

The Seattle City Council is expected to vote Monday to repeal its ride-service ordinance passed earlier this year that put a cap on the number of cars accessible via smartphone apps at any one time. The following week, the council will consider a proposed compromise developed by Mayor Ed Murray and a group of rideshare companies, taxi companies…

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June 2, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Seattle mayor misses deadline to compromise on new ride-service rules

Today was Mayor Ed Murray’s self-imposed deadline to negotiate a regulatory compromise between the city of Seattle and companies providing illegal ride-services uberX, Lyft, and Sidecar. But mayor’s spokesman Jeff Reading says Murray is going to spend another week discussing city regulations that were initially set to go into effect in mid-April. According to…

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May 5, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Alaska Airlines’ $2.5 million helps Seattle bike share take off

Seattle’s first 500 floating-rental bicycles will bear the name of Alaska Airlines, which announced today it will give $2.5 million to Puget Sound Bike Share. The bikes will be painted green and blue, like the colors of Sounders FC. They will be available at up to 50 stations in the University District, Capitol Hill, Eastlake,…

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April 16, 2014 at 12:05 PM

City going out of state for next SPD chief

The search for Seattle’s next police chief has been narrowed to 10 candidates, all from out of state, according to sources familiar with the search. The only internal candidate to apply, Assistant Chief Nick Metz, was among 10 applicants removed from a list of 20 candidates reviewed on Friday by Mayor Ed Murray’s search committee, the…

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April 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to name new police chief in May

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced today that he plans to disclose his choice for the city’s new police chief during the workweek beginning Monday, May 19. Murray’s 12-member search committee is to receive a list of resumes today from a recruiting firm that gathered applications. The committee is expected to reduce the list to about 10 candidates…

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February 12, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Firm selected for SPD chief search

A California-based firm will help in the search for a new Seattle police chief, Mayor Ed Murray announced today. Bob Murray & Associates, of Roseville, Calif., was among eight firms that were considered and among three who talked with the city, according to a news release. “The experience and expertise of Bob Murray & Associates in…

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February 4, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Police now say up to 500,000 expected for Seahawks parade

The Seahawks parade is slated to start just south of Seattle Center, at Denny Way, at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Spectators should be prepared for a crowd of up to 500,000 people, and they should bundle up, because it’s going to be downright freezing. Temperatures along the downtown parade route are expected to be in the mid-20s, says…

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