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December 5, 2013 at 6:44 AM
A Fox Island fire claims two: A father and his young daughter are missing and presumed dead in their home that was engulfed in flames overnight. The rest of the family was able to make it out safely.
A $15 minimum wage in Seattle? Now that SeaTac has a $15 minimum wage, noise is being made to increase the minimum wage in Seattle. This has always been a hot topic. Would you approve increasing the minimum wage to $15 in Seattle? Vote in our poll.
More pot stores? Seattle City attorney Pete Holmes wants to increase the number of marijuana stores in Seattle from 21 to 50. He says he wants the voter-approved marijuana law to succeed, and without more stores, the state risks pushing customers over to the illegal marijuana market. Specifically, he wants to relax the way the state measures the buffer between pot businesses and prohibited areas frequented by kids.
The body of the man who was buried in feed corn when a silo gave way in Roy has been recovered. The 44-year-old man, Steve Green, was the father of three daughters and a son.
Death to snails: All this cold has at least one benefit. It’s killing invasive snails that threaten native species in a lake near Olympia. Fish and Wildlife folks say they’d be happy if the low temperatures kill even half of the unwanted critters. By the way, these aren’t for-eating snails for a lot of reasons, including that fact that they’re only about the size of a grain of rice. The Olympian has the story.
Weather? Cold through the weekend. National Weather Service forecast
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September 6, 2013 at 4:10 PM
SeaTac voters will get the chance to decide whether the city should increase its minimum wage to a nation-leading $15 per hour, after a state appeals court today reversed a judge’s ruling from August that disqualified signatures needed to place the measure on November’s ballot.
Today’s order, issued by a three-judge panel of the Washington Court of Appeals, has yet to elaborate as to why King County Superior Court Judge Andrea Darvas erred in her Aug. 26 ruling, which disqualified 61 signatures of registered SeaTac voters who signed more than one petition.
But the appeals panel reversed Darvas’ ruling, vacating her order and writ that otherwise would have prevented the ballot measure’s qualification.
“Without a writ, the measure is going to the ballot,” said Dmitri Iglitzin, the lawyer representing the SeaTac Committee for Good Jobs, a citizens’ group supporting the measure.
Harry Korrell, a Seattle lawyer representing Alaska Airlines and other opponents to the measure, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment about the ruling.
Even if opponents’ appeal the ruling, they cannot prevent Proposition One, the so-called “Good Jobs Initiative,” from going to SeaTac voters in November.
August 29, 2013 at 7:28 AM
About 100 demonstrators gathered at Westlake Center in Seattle this morning on a day they hoped would see fast-food workers walking off their jobs and demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour.
Today’s protests are part of a national effort and were under way in cities across the country including New York, Chicago and Detroit.
UPDATE: 9:50 a.m. | At Westlake, a large cheer went up when workers were told protesters successfully closed down a McDonalds restaurant in Detroit.
Protesters said they went to three locations early this morning: a Starbucks in the 1100 block of Fourth Avenue, Specialty’s Coffee in the 1000 block of Third Avenue and Top Pot Doughnuts in the 700 block of Third Avenue.
Vans were expected to take protesters to various fast-food outlets during the day while some protesters planned to focus their efforts in downtown Seattle.
Organizers say they hope that their demonstrations will build throughout the day, ending with a rally at Plymouth Pillars Park at Pike Street and Boren Avenue.
One Seattle demonstrator, David Rolf, president of SEIU, Local 775, which represents health-care workers, said it’s hard to predict exactly what would occur today, noting that demonstrations in the Seattle area three months ago were “a little viral and a little chaotic.”
Those earlier protests and demonstrations occurred at several locations in May.
Shortly after 8 a.m. today, a group of about 20 demonstrators arrived at a Subway shop at Fifth Avenue and Seneca Street downtown, and a handful of them went inside and unsuccessfully tried to get the woman behind the counter to join them.
Then outside the shop, one demonstrator spray-painted the word “Strike” on the sidewalk as the group chanted, “We want change. And we don’t mean pennies.”
Outside Columbia Center on Fourth Avenue, about 20 demonstrator were joined by two young men who said they walked off their job at Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery to participate in the strike.
“I feel like if no one stands up now, it will never happen,” said one of the men, a barista who identified himself simply as Tyler. He said he started work two weeks ago and is paid $10 an hour.
Their walkout didn’t close down the store.
At another Specialty’s, this one at Fifth Avenue and Union Street, a worker brought demonstrators a plate of sandwiches but said she could not join the group, which included her older brother.
“I feel for you guys, but I just can’t do it. I have too many bills to pay. And I love my job,” said barista Cambria McMahon, 19, who’s worked for Specialty’s for nine months. Her older brother, Garrett, 22, is one of two Specialty’s workers who joined the demonstrators an hour earlier at Columbia Center.
“It was definitely scary walking out,” he said. “But I feel if I don’t do something, countless people are going to be stuck in the same rut I am.”
Local demonstrators were expected to bring their protest to several other fast-food locations around town today.
At $9.19 an hour, Washington state has the highest minimum wage in the country.
Gov. Jay Inslee says he supports fast-food workers, but not the $15 hour minimum.
August 26, 2013 at 9:53 PM
The petition to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in SeaTac was halted Monday when a King County Superior Court judge ruled that it did not have the adequate number of signatures to be on the general election ballot in November, according to a report in the SeaTac Blog.
The petition had been signed more than once by 61 of its supporters, Judge Andrea Darvas said, and once the repeat names were stricken, the petition did not have enough signatures, according to the report.
Darvas’ ruling on Monday reversed an earlier statement from the SeaTac city clerk that the petition was sufficient to put the minimum-wage measure before voters.
Where the ordinance goes from here isn’t clear — nor is whether sponsors will be allowed to go back out to get more signatures, the blog report says.
Darvas said SeaTac and the SeaTac city clerk “are prohibited, and must desist and refrain, from sending the initiative measure to King County,” the SeaTac Blog reported.
December 27, 2011 at 11:30 AM
The Associated Press
OLYMPIA — Washington state’s minimum wage increases by 37 cents to $9.04 an hour starting on New Year’s Day.
While the state’s current rate of $8.67 an hour is already the highest state minimum wage in the nation, a few cities, like San Francisco, have their own laws and have higher rates. San Francisco’s current rate of $9.92 jumps to $10.24 on Sunday, making it the first city in the nation to top a $10 minimum wage. The federal minimum wage is $7.25.
Washington is among a handful of states where the minimum wage will increase Sunday.
Washington’s minimum wage is adjusted each year for inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index for the past 12 months, which is up more than 4 percent. The yearly recalculation is required by Initiative 688, which was approved by Washington voters in 1998.
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