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September 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Seattle to get 10 new cops under federal grant

The Seattle Police Department will hire 10 new police officers with a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel said the officers will be deployed into each of the city’s five precincts as part of SPD’s Community Police Team program. Pugel said the new hires will patrol known crime “hot…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle Police Department, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan

September 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM

McGinn’s proposed 2014 budget reflects improving economy

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn today submitted a proposed 2014 general fund budget to the City Council that, for the first time in four years, doesn’t make major cuts. The improving economy translates into increased city revenues that the mayor said will allow him to add 176 employees next year after laying off almost 550 between 2010…

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Comments | Topics: 2014 Seattle city budget, Mayor Mike McGinn

September 19, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Seattle Police Officers’ Guild endorses Murray for mayor

The Seattle Police Officers’ Guild (SPOG) announced Thursday it is endorsing Sen. Ed Murray for mayor, snubbing Mayor Mike McGinn, who appeared to represent the interests of the rank and file when he fought the Department of Justice over the extent of police reform. Guild President Sgt. Rich O’Neill said in a written statement, “Many view Seattle…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle Police Officers' Guild, Sen. Ed Murray

September 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM

McGinn adds money for 15 more police officers to 2014 budget

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn will include funding for 15 additional police officers in his 2014 budget. At a morning news conference today, McGinn said those numbers are in addition to the officers he said, after the downtown shooting of a Metro bus driver in August, that he would add next year. McGinn said the 42 new…

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Comments | Topics: hiring police officers, Mayor Mike McGinn

September 16, 2013 at 2:05 PM

McGinn calls untreated mentally ill on Seattle streets an ‘emergency’

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn called untreated mentally ill people on Seattle’s streets an emergency at a Monday news conference and called for increased funding for mental-health treatment beds.

McGinn said an effort to fund mental health services in the 2011 Legislature through repeal of an out-of-state sales tax exemption was defeated by business. The mayor called on the Seattle business community, which has been critical of his inaction on downtown crime, to help identify a funding source to support additional treatment beds.

“This is a longstanding issue for the city, the county and the state,” McGinn said, adding that he wanted people to feel safe downtown.

After the August shooting of a Metro bus driver by a man with mental-health and drug issues, McGinn said that violent crime downtown was down and criticized statistics in The Seattle Times showing that on four beats around Westlake Park, violent crime was relatively steady over the past five years with a notable spike in July.

Three days after the shooting, McGinn announced that he was directing an additional $400,000 for police-emphasis patrols through the end of the year, but that downtown was only one of several neighborhoods that would get the stepped-up enforcement.

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Comments | Topics: Mayor Mike McGinn, mental health treatment funding

August 15, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Mayor adds police patrols to crime hot spots

Mayor Mike McGinn today announced an additional $400,000  to extend summer police patrols through the end of the year in crime hot spots across the city’s five precincts. The money will buy about 180 extra officer hours per month, largely through overtime. “We know people want to feel safe and secure in all of our neighborhoods, not…

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Comments | Topics: crime hot spots, Mayor Mike McGinn, police funding

July 22, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Seattle council says spend traffic-ticket money only on safety projects

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to spend money raised by school-zone traffic-camera tickets exclusively on road- and pedestrian-safety projects near schools. Mayor Mike McGinn has also repeatedly said he wants to invest all those funds–which amounted to $3.3 million after the pilot program’s first six months–into road safety projects near schools. But he wanted…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Mayor Mike McGinn, Nick Licata, Seattle City Council

July 21, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Sunday Memo: Ed Murray’s UW job … Westneat talks with Mayor McGinn about Whole Foods … The Bite continues

Good morning. Weather: Fog this morning will give way to a lovely day. Partly to mostly sunny, highs in the 70s. Here’s the forecast. It’s good to be Ed Murray:  State Sen. Ed Murray was hired by the University of Washington in 2009 at a time the school was being hit with budget cuts and layoffs. His…

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Comments | Topics: Mayor Mike McGinn, Se. Ed Murray, Whole Foods

June 17, 2013 at 2:35 PM

City Council leaders reject McGinn’s light rail study

The leaders of the City Council Transportation and Budget Committees Monday said they would not recommend Mayor Mike McGinn’s funding request for study of a light rail crossing of the Ship Canal. Instead, Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen and Tim Burgess said they would prioritize safety and maintenance projects in the city, including at East Marginal Way, where a bicyclist…

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Comments | Topics: Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle City Council, transportation

May 17, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Overcast skies fail to dampen bicyclists’ enthusiasm for riding to work

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn joined other bicyclists for a ride down Dexter Avenue on Friday during Cascade Bicycle Club’s annual Bike to Work ride and rally to City Hall. City of Seattle transportation planner and avid cyclist Eric Mamroth estimated 100 cyclists attended the rally. He said attendance in past years had been…

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