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September 23, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Seattle officials ask new housing affordability committee to seek solutions

Mayor Ed Murray vowed Tuesday to address Seattle’s housing affordability crisis the same way he handled the debate earlier this year over raising the city’s minimum wage: by seeking recommendations from an advisory committee. The 28-member Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee, established by a City Council resolution that Murray signed Tuesday, will be co-chaired by Faith Li…

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September 22, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Seattle city attorney will seek dismissal of 100 pot citations

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes told the City Council on Monday morning that he will seek dismissal of 100 tickets for public marijuana use after a single police officer was found to have written the vast majority of the citations as part of a political agenda. Bicycle Officer Randy Jokela issued about 80 percent of…

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September 11, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Seattle City Council may consider growth impact fees for builders

Eighty cities across the state charge growth impact fees when developers build new projects that put additional demand on public roads, schools, parks and fire departments. Bellevue, Shoreline and Federal Way are among them, but Seattle is not. It could become No. 81, however. People in Seattle government have previously discussed impact fees, which require developers to help…

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September 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Seattle city councilmember faces fine for ethics violation

This post was updated at 5:50 p.m. to include a comment from Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. This is about as scandalous as a senior citizens coffee hour can get. Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw has agreed to pay a nominal $150 fine to settle an ethics violation related her involvement earlier this year in the campaign for…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council, Seattle Department of Transportation

August 12, 2014 at 1:05 PM

City Council OKs Cheasty bike-trail grant with conditions

The Seattle City Council Monday approved a $100,000 grant to go forward with construction of a mountain bike trail in the Cheasty Greenspace on the east slope of Beacon Hill, but put several conditions on the money. Council members specified that they and not the Parks Department would give final approval for the project. The council also…

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Comments | Topics: Cheasty Greenspace, mountain bike trail proposal, Seattle City Council

July 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Seattle council delivers votes, not money, for First Avenue streetcar

The Seattle City Council has chosen First Avenue as a future streetcar route, and agreed to seek up to $75 million in federal money, in a resolution passed Monday afternoon. And unlike the two other streetcar routes, this one would use transit-only lanes, so the trains spend less time stuck in traffic. Passenger service would be…

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July 7, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Seattle council repeals ride-service regulations

The Seattle City Council, in a 6-3 vote today, repealed regulations it approved just months ago for app-dispatched ride services like uberX and Lyft. With hopes of ending a year-and-a-half-long debate over how to fairly and safely regulate all ride services, including taxis and for-hire vehicles, most if not all council members hinted they were ready…

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July 3, 2014 at 3:48 PM

City Council to take up new ride-service compromise

The Seattle City Council is expected to vote Monday to repeal its ride-service ordinance passed earlier this year that put a cap on the number of cars accessible via smartphone apps at any one time. The following week, the council will consider a proposed compromise developed by Mayor Ed Murray and a group of rideshare companies, taxi companies…

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June 23, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Seattle preschool plan headed for November ballot

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to place a $58 million property-tax levy on the November ballot to boost the quality and affordability of preschool in Seattle. The measure would cost the owner of a Seattle home valued at $400,000 about $43 a year, according to the city. The money would go to qualified preschool providers to provide…

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June 23, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Kathleen O’Toole confirmed as Seattle police chief

In an 8-1 vote, the City Council today confirmed Kathleen O’Toole to serve as chief of the Seattle Police Department. O’Toole, who was nominated by Mayor Ed Murray on May 19 after a nationwide search, became the first woman to be selected for the job on a full-time basis. She previously served as Boston’s first female police…

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