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December 16, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Withheld documents about gun buyback will cost city $38,000

The city of Seattle will pay $38,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the Second Amendment Foundation over failure to release public records relating to Mayor Mike McGinn’s January gun buyback.

The settlement was signed today by Carl Marquardt, legal counsel to mayor Mike McGinn, and includes an apology for the mayor’s office’s failure to release records about the controversial buyback program that netted about 700 guns but also provoked criticism from public health and gun-rights advocates that it wouldn’t reduce gun violence.

“The city of Seattle acknowledges that it had a duty under the Washington Public Records Act to provide all documents in response to the Second Amendment Foundation’s public disclosure request in a timely manner, and that it did not do so … While the initial failure to produce records in this case was unintentional, the city acknowledges that it did not meet the requirements of the Public Records Act, and for that we sincerely apologize.”

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September 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Murray promises 100 new police officers

Seattle mayoral candidate Sen. Ed Murray said today he would hire 100 new police officers to help address crime in the city and rebuild the ranks of the force, after numbers have fallen over the past four years with retirements and a police hiring freeze because of city budget cuts. The remarks represented a contrast with Mayor Mike McGinn, who has proposed funding 15 new officers in 2014.

Murray’s plan calls for 25 new officers each year for the next four years, above attrition. He said the staffing levels are below similarly sized cities at the same time Seattle continues to grow.

Murray’s call for more police came at the annual breakfast in support of Real Change, the advocacy newspaper for homeless and low-income people. McGinn and Murray were featured speakers and addressed half-a-dozen questions about poverty, social services and homelessness posed by moderator C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX news.

McGinn said police are not the solution and again questioned whether there was a downtown crime problem. He accused The Seattle Times of manufacturing a summer crime spike to undermine his candidacy. He said the enforcement-only model failed in the national War on Drugs and that he has brought people together around his Center City Initiative to tackle the root causes of crime, disorder and untreated mental illness.

Murray said he would not hire new officers until they have the training and skills to avoid problems including bias and excessive use of force, two issues identified by the Department of Justice in its settlement agreement with the city and the SPD.

“I hear it constantly from people who go downtown. They’re hassled or intimidated or mugged. These are not law-and-order, lock em up folks. These are liberal Democrats.”

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Comments | Topics: Ed Murray, Mike McGinn, Seattle mayor's race

August 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Labor Council makes no endorsement for Seattle mayor

The King County Labor Council failed to endorse any candidate for Seattle mayor after a contentious two-hour meeting tonight. The Council’s Executive Board earlier in the day had recommended a dual endorsement of Mayor Mike McGinn and state Sen. Ed Murray, but the motion failed to win the needed two-thirds support from the assembled delegates. Delegates…

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June 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Seattle tells state regulators it wants pot tourism

The city of Seattle embraces pot tourism and wants state regulators to consider allowing private clubs for visitors to consume marijuana in, according to a letter sent to state regulators by City Attorney Pete Holmes. Mayor Mike McGinn supports the letter. City Council President Sally Clark said the council has not formally approved it. “That’s not…

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May 14, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Seattle’s grant of $500K to schools will expand arts education

The city of Seattle is donating an additional $500,000 to Seattle Public Schools so that students in the city’s Central District will receive at least two hours of arts education each week. In an announcement today, Mayor Mike McGinn said the money will come from higher-than-expected revenue from admissions taxes, and will also be used to purchase instruments and art supplies for…

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April 29, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Monday Memo: M’s win series … Seahawks catch Fat Rabbit … Mayoral poll

Whoa! That’s all we can say. M’s take series from Angels Who’s “Fat Rabbit?” Speaking of sports, we couldn’t pass up reading this headline on the Seahawks blog regarding an NFL draft pick: More on “Fat Rabbit” and the rest of the Seahawks’ seventh-round draft picks. Jared “Fat Rabbit” Smith” was one of the players taken…

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February 27, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Holmes rejects McGinn’s efforts to bar him from police reform talks

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said today that he will not abide by Mayor Mike McGinn’s request to step aside from representing the city in its negotiations with a federal monitor to reach an agreement on how to carry out police reforms. McGinn reiterated earlier today that he would not include Holmes in formal talks because…

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February 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Seattle police turn to computer software to predict, fight crime

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Chief John Diaz announced today that police have begun using new “predictive policing” software in the city’s East and Southwest precincts in an effort to reduce crime through analysis of data on crime and location. “This technology will allow us to be proactive rather than reactive in responding to crime,” said McGinn during…

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February 14, 2013 at 11:41 AM

McGinn updates city on progress of SPD’s ’20/20′ plan

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn gathered with top Seattle police brass this morning to update the progress in the city’s “20/20″ policing plan. The “20/20″ plan is aimed at overhauling the Police Department after a Department of Justice investigation found officers had used excessive force and displayed evidence of biased policing. Unveiled in March, the plan…

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February 7, 2013 at 3:52 PM

McGinn ends Seattle police drone program

Mayor Mike McGinn today announced he is permanently grounding the Seattle Police Department’s proposed aerial drone program. “Today I spoke with Seattle Police Chief John Diaz and we agreed that it was time to end the unmanned aerial vehicle program, so that SPD can focus its resources on public safety and the community building work that is the…

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