The Seattle City Council’s highly anticipated vote on whether to cap active drivers for Lyft, uberX and Sidecar has been delayed a week. The Council was expected to vote this Monday on a proposal that would limit how many drivers the companies, which rely on smart-phone apps for dispatching, could have on the road at one…More
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Six cases of officer misconduct reversed by interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey will be reopened to determine if all or some of them should be reinstated, the City Council was told today during a special meeting to examine Bailey’s actions. In a stunning revelation, a city official acknowledged that officials have been unable to find…More
Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey and other city officials will appear before a special meeting of a City Council committee Wednesday to answer questions about Bailey’s controversial handling of seven police disciplinary cases. The 2 p.m. meeting of the public-safety committee stems from last week’s revelation that Bailey had withdrawn a misconduct finding…More
Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess has written a pointed email to Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey asking for an explanation of Bailey’s decision to lift a one-day suspension of an officer who threatened to harass a journalist and instead impose the lesser penalty of additional training. It was also disclosed today that Bailey…More
Corrected version: A previous version of story incorrectly reported that licensed marijuana processors and retailers would be exempt from Seattle’s business and occupation tax. They would not be. Marijuana growers would not get a local tax exemption for farmers and agriculture in a proposal by Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes. In a letter to City Council members,…More
The Seattle City Council and Mayor Ed Murray will honor Seattle civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Samuel McKinney by naming a Central Area street in his name. McKinney, 87, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church from 1958 until his retirement in 1998, was a leading voice of the city’s black community as it fought discrimination, unfair housing…More
Seeking a tool to attract top police-chief candidates, the Seattle City Council’s public-safety committee today approved a measure that would allow chiefs to hire law-enforcement officers outside the department as assistant and deputy chiefs.
The new ordinance is likely to be approved by the full nine-member council on Tuesday, coinciding with the nationwide search for a permanent police chief launched last week by Mayor Ed Murray. It would repeal a 1978 restriction that limited police chiefs to selecting senior commanders from the current pool of captains and lieutenants.
In addition to the chief search, the move comes at a time when the city is adopting broad reforms to comply with a 2012 settlement agreement with the Department of Justice to curtail excessive force and biased policing.
“Truly effective and sustainable reform necessitates strong leadership; removing barriers to attracting the best possible candidates will help us achieve this leadership,” Councilmembers Bruce Harrell and Tim Burgess wrote in a memo supporting their joint proposal.More
Seattle police officers will soon have authority to write $27 tickets for consuming pot in public, similar to the sanctions for publicly drinking alcohol.
But don’t expect an avalanche of tickets from the cops who gave out bags of Doritos at Hempfest. The law unanimously approved by the City Council Monday calls for police to give warnings “whenever possible” before issuing fines.
The new fines take effect 30 days after the legislation is signed by the mayor.
“Everyone’s probably going to get several free passes,” said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb, a spokesman for the Seattle Police Department. “We want to be generous.”
Under the new law it’s likely that officers would fine only chronic offenders who ignore warnings, Whitcomb explained. He said giving warnings won’t be a hassle for police, and called them a good thing. Whitcomb said beat-officers patrolling places like Westlake Park get to know some people as fixtures. If officers find someone consuming after several warnings, then they’ll conclude that warnings aren’t working and will issue a fine.More
Corrected version: Due to an editing error, a previous headline on this story gave an incorrect fine amount. A majority of Seattle City Council members in a committee vote today approved fines of $27 for public pot smoking. The full council is expected to endorse the action Monday. City Attorney Pete Holmes had initially proposed $50 fines; when administrative fees…More
The Seattle City Council Monday unanimously approved $2 million to fund an expanded surface parking lot at the Woodland Park Zoo. The 165-stall parking lot will be built in 2014 and will expand the inner north parking lot where portable trailers housing administrative offices are now located. Those offices will be moved to near the zoo’s…More