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August 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM
A bicycle-pedestrian collision that left a pedestrian seriously hurt in a Madison Park crosswalk last Friday morning has prompted community groups to plan a “vigil walk” for traffic safety Saturday.
The Madison Park Community Council’s website says the 10 a.m. event will start at the Wells Fargo Bank, 4009 E. Madison, near where the collision occurred.
City and community leaders, including Mayor Mike McGinn, are expected to attend.
The accident occurred just before 9 a.m. last Friday at the intersection of East Madison Street and McGilvra Boulevard East. Neither the 26-year-old cyclist nor the pedestrian, who was reportedly well-dressed but not carrying identification, has been officially identified.
At the time of the collision, Fire Department medics said the pedestrian, who had been in a marked crosswalk, suffered “life-threatening” head injuries and was taken to Harborview Medical Center. The cyclist, described as having scrapes and bruises, also was taken to Harborview.
Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said the department’s Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is investigating the case. He said the investigation was triggered by the severity of the pedestrian’s injury, not by any conclusion that a crime had been committed.
The investigation could “take a long time,” he said, and if evidence of a crime is found, it would be presented to the King County prosecutor.
Aaron Pickus, McGinn’s spokesman, said the mayor plans to attend the Saturday event, but it’s not clear if he will speak. Pickus said representatives of the city’s Transportation Department have had some contact with Madison Park community groups about possible ways to improve safety in the area.
January 29, 2013 at 7:50 AM
Mayor Mike McGinn’s message Monday night to a packed room of marijuana advocates and entrepreneurs: Be good neighbors, respect Seattle values, eat at local restaurants.
Speaking under chandeliers at the Washington Athletic Club, McGinn marveled at what he called the “new normal.” It was like addressing real-estate agents or homebuilders, he said, except with a lot more cameras watching.
Noting he was the first big-city mayor to come out for legal pot, McGinn said he came to realize, as a spate of murders rocked the city last year, that black-market drugs caused too much violence. The mayor said he thought legal, regulated pot for adults would make it harder for kids to get weed.
The mayor also noted that so many medical marijuana dispensaries have sprouted in his neighborhood “they’re putting the green in Greenwood.”
He asked the 100-plus pot entrepreneurs and advocates convened by the National Cannabis Industry Association to appreciate Seattle’s virtues from historic buildings to local foods.
The mayor then spoke of the kind of budding business he wanted to see.
“We like local, crafted, authentic. We want to know our products. We don’t want genetically modified organisms. We want fair trade.” His big concern with the new industry: “Will it speak to local values, contribute to local causes, behave responsibly?”
In other words, the new normal.
There weren’t a lot of question/answers last night, but the mayor did say this: No, he wasn’t going to let pot stores invade single-family neighborhoods. Yes, restrictions under the new statewide law would make the area for pot stores smaller than the overall area for business in the city.
But mostly the mayor, with legal counsel Carl Marquardt and state Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland, at his side, acknowledged the new industry was governed by a new state law calling for a model untested in the world, for which rules did not yet exist.
By December, you’re supposed to be able to go into a state-sanctioned store and buy a state-licensed and heavily taxed bit of holiday cheer. But the state has only started the rule-making and key Democratic lawmakers are already calling for a delay in implementing voter-approved Initiative 502.
State Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, writing in his blog, called for a one-year delay. But later Monday, Carlyle backpedaled, saying he didn’t have a specific strategy. He was just trying to elevate issues, he said, particularly about how tax rates will be applied to the new law and whether more study is needed in the delicate balance between supply-price-taxes and black-market competition.
“How we tax marijuana has historic international implications,” said Carlyle, chair of the House Finance Committee. “I’m 100 percent on board with the spirit of the initiative … I’m just troubled by the enormity of the task relative to designing a taxation scheme that doesn’t have unintended consequences with respect to the black market and over-pricing.”
January 9, 2013 at 3:51 PM
Surrounded by cheering, Southeast Seattle community leaders, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn Wednesday announced he was running for re-election. The mayor said he wanted to continue to focus on his priorities, education, public safety, social justice and the environment.
He announced plans to improve early childhood education in the city and to seek a city measure to fund expanded rail lines. The mayor was flanked by some of his campaign co-chairs including, Estela Ortega, executive director of El Centro de la Raza, Tony Lee, a low-income housing advocate, and Kip Tokuda, a former state representative.
The mayor acknowledged adversity during his first term, but cast it all as external events — a poor economy, snow storms, the May Day protest march and a garbage strike. Through it all, he said, he kept his 2009 promises to protect social services, public safety and maintain city basics such as street repair and replacement of the seawall.
“How we worked on these issues is as important as what we worked on. We did it by listening to you,” the mayor said.
The small but crowded room at the Filipino Community Center was a dramatic contrast to his announcement four years earlier when he was largely unknown as a Sierra Club and neighborhood activist who made opposition to the Highway 99 tunnel the centerpiece of a campaign that ousted two-term Mayor Greg Nickels.
McGinn didn’t dwell on some of his political defeats over the past four years such as voters strongly approving the tunnel construction or rejection of a $60 car tab that would have helped to fund his planned rail expansion. He also declined to address the number of A-list candidates lining up to run against him, including State Sen. Ed Murray, City Councilman Tim Burgess and former City Councilman Peter Steinbrueck.
Instead McGinn focused on his accomplishments — maintaining human services and police budgets in the face of declining revenues, working for the successful passage of an expanded Families and Education Levy, restoring funding for potholes and road maintenance and getting police out of their cars and onto the streets.
“I’m proud of what we’ve done, and I look forward to working on the future together,” McGinn said.
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