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May 23, 2013 at 10:03 AM
Mayor Mike McGinn and Interim Police Chief Jim Pugel announce a new push for safety in city parks this morning.
November 1, 2012 at 10:26 AM
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 rain, sleet and snow come to the Emerald City.
Here’s the city’s list of things to do to prepare for winter:
So button up and batten down.
October 4, 2012 at 12:25 PM
No criminal charges will be filed against the mayor of Pacific or the city’s police department following investigations by the King County Sheriff’s Office and the State Patrol respectively, the Sheriff’s Office said today.
The president of the Pacific City Council, Leanne Guier, had asked for an independent investigation in July following allegations of misconduct by the Mayor Cy Sun and members of the city’s police department.
The Sheriff’s Office asked the State Patrol to look separately into the allegations against the police officers.
The Sheriff’s Office looked into claims of destroying public records, assaulting employees and intimidating a public servant. The results of the investigation were turned over to the King County Prosecutor’s Office who determined no charges would be filed because of a lack of evidence that a crime had been committed.
Similarly, the State Patrol turned its investigation of alleged misconduct by Pacific police officers over to prosecutors who determined there was no evidence to justify criminal charges against any of the officers.
July 10, 2012 at 9:03 AM
Granite Falls Mayor Haroon Saleem was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport shortly after 8 p.m. Monday for investigation of domestic violence, according to Port of Seattle Police.
Police were called to the baggage claim area after witnesses reported that a man, later identified as Saleem, was shouting at family members and threatening them, said airport spokesperson Perry Cooper. Saleem was taken to the King County Jail and booked at 11:54 p.m., according to jail records.
No charges have been filed.
May 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said the changes sought by the Department of Justice to the Seattle police force would cost the city $41 million a year, a number he called “frankly, shocking.”
Speaking on KUOW this morning, the mayor said the potential number of new officers and the amount of training the DOJ is seeking under a proposed consent decree would mean deep cuts to other city programs including mental health and substance abuse treatment, which he said would compromise public safety. The city is facing a $30 million budget shortfall for 2013.
“We are prepared to spend money … but not in a way that compromises public safety,” McGinn said on his monthly radio show appearance.
The mayor also said the degree of oversight being sought by the DOJ would mean getting permission from an outside monitor to change tactics in a developing situation, hampering his ability to issue immediate orders to the police and the department’s ability to respond.
McGinn’s remarks came in advance of Wednesday’s deadline to respond to the proposed consent decree issued by the DOJ in response to findings of widespread and routine excessive force and evidence of biased policing. City Attorney Pete Holmes is scheduled to brief the City Council this morning in executive session over the ongoing negotiations with the DOJ.
The specifics of the consent decree and the negotiations with the DOJ are supposed to be secret, but some details have leaked out to the press in the past week. McGinn said that in talking about the city’s position he wanted to set the record straight.
McGinn said the sticking points between the city and the DOJ are not the monitoring or the oversight, but rather the substance of the DOJ proposal. He said the city will propose a court order and a monitor, but will not agree to conditions that limit its ability to respond to developing events such as violent protests, or that would seriously impact its budget.
February 21, 2012 at 3:52 PM
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s 2012 State of the City Address was light on specifics and passion until a short section near the end when the he responded to concerns about crime and drugs.
Reading from prepared remarks in the City Council chambers this afternoon, McGinn used most of his nearly hour-long speech to recap minor initiatives in downtown parking, Internet access and youth jobs. He didn’t offer many new specific policy ideas, and he didn’t even spend a lot of time talking about a recently unveiled proposal to built an arena in the Stadium District that could accommodate NBA and NHL teams.
But near the end of the speech McGinn brought up the fact that seven homicides have occurred in the city so far this year.
“I am here to tell you that we will stand firm with the people of Seattle against violent behavior, armed robberies, open-air drug dealing and any other form of criminal behavior in Seattle,” the mayor said. “Everyone who lives here, who works here, who shops here, and who comes here to enjoy what Seattle has to offer deserves to feel safe and secure.”
McGinn said the Seattle Police Department is launching “violence prevention emphasis patrols” across the city and emphasized that addressing unmet social needs will be critical.
The mayor also tied crime to the drug trade, a connection that he said warranted the legalization of marijuana.
“It’s time for the state to legalize marijuana, and stop the violence, stop the incarceration, stop the erosion of civil liberties and urge the federal government to stop the failed war on drugs,” he said to loud applause.
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