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January 14, 2015 at 12:44 PM

Seattle mayor asks City Council to authorize more tent cities

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposed new legislation on homeless encampments Wednesday, asking the City Council to authorize more tent cities — under certain conditions — in response to an uptick in street homelessness and illegal camping. Murray had promised last month to present the council with a bill in January, saying the legislation would “make…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: homeless encampments, homelessness, Nickelsville

December 16, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Seattle task force on homelessness to present its ideas Thursday

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness has completed its work, and a City Council committee will hear the group’s recommendations Thursday, said Jason Kelly, Murray’s press secretary. The deadline for the group to provide its recommendations was Monday. Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim will brief the council’s housing committee. Murray has not yet decided…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness, homelessness, Seattle City Council

December 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Seattle Housing Authority puts rent change on hold

The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) has shelved its controversial plan to raise rents for thousands of tenants. There will be no rent policy change until 2016 and the SHA may scrap the plan altogether. “We have decided to put consideration of the Stepping Forward proposal on hold,” SHA Executive Director Andrew Lofton wrote Monday in a letter…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: Andrew Lofton, rent, Seattle Housing Authority

December 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Metropolitan King County Council allows tent encampments for 10 more years

The Metropolitan King County Council has approved legislation allowing tent encampments to operate in the county’s unincorporated areas for another 10 years. The county has permitted the homeless encampments since adopting a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness more than nine years ago. Homelessness has hardly ended in that time, with almost 10,000 households turning to the county…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: homeless encampments, homelessness, Metropolitan King County Council

December 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Murray thanks SPD for handling of protests, but complaints under review

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray gave police a pat on the back Monday, thanking them in an email for their work during weekend street protests over police brutality. In an email to all Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers, Murray wrote, “I’m writing to express my thanks for your professionalism and restraint as you helped facilitate protests over…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics, The Blotter | Topics: Ferguson, Lisa Daugaard, Public Defenders Association

November 21, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Seattle mayor pardons tofu turkey ahead of Thanksgiving

This is what Thanksgiving in Seattle looks like, apparently. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray pardoned a tofu turkey Friday. Murray posed for photos with the phony fowl at City Hall to draw attention to “hunger in our community” ahead of Thanksgiving and the holiday season, spokesman Jason Kelly said. The stunt wasn’t a nod to People for the Ethical Treatment of…

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Comments | Topics: food banks, hunger, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

November 14, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Mayor appoints new Seattle Housing Authority board members

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has appointed to the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) board two new commissioners who may try to block a controversial plan to raise rents for thousands of tenants. Under the plan, called Stepping Forward, SHA would use apartment size rather than tenant income to set rents for households with at…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Jermaine Smiley, low-income housing, public housing

November 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Seattle City Council may add minimum-wage investigators, funding to mayor’s budget

Seattle’s much-heralded new minimum wage is scheduled to take effect on April 1, but Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed 2015-2016 budget includes just one additional staff member next year to investigate businesses that may be breaking the city’s labor laws. That’s not nearly enough, says City Council President Tim Burgess, who’s asking his colleagues this…

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Comments | Topics: Mike O'Brien, minimum wage, paid sick leave

October 20, 2014 at 10:07 AM

No women among 25 best-paid Seattle city employees

There were no women last year among Seattle’s 25 best-paid city employees, and there were just two women among city employees with the 25 highest base salaries in 2013, city records show. Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco topped both lists despite having no overtime pay. His base salary for the year was $243,715.40. Mayor Ed Murray in…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: gender pay gap, Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

October 14, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Mayor Ed Murray’s former press secretary files $1M discrimination claim

A former press secretary for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says she was subject to discrimination and has filed a claim with the city demanding no less than $1 million in damages. Rosalind Brazel, 42, was Murray’s first press secretary after the mayor took office in January but was replaced in March after being involved in a couple of public snafus, including More

Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: claim for damages, discrimination, Rosalind Brazel

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