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August 21, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Broken water main will snarl Sodo traffic until Wednesday night

UPDATE 4:10 P.M.| Water service will be restored in the area between 10 p.m. and midnight tonight, when crews expect to have repaired the broken water main, said a Seattle Public Utilities spokeswoman. Traffic will continue to be impacted after the repair, though, as crews clean up extra water and mud until Wednesday night. The following will…

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Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Seattle Public Utilities, Sodo

June 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Seattle proposes 12 percent hike in garbage, sewer rates

Garbage, sewer and drainage rates for Seattle residences would go up about 12 percent by 2015 under a proposal by Seattle Public Utilities.  In 2016, garbage rates would go up another 1.6 percent. The proposed increases were sent to the Seattle City Council this week and will be considered during budget deliberations in the fall. The monthly…

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Comments | Topics: garbage, Seattle Public Utilities, sewer

March 13, 2012 at 9:51 AM

City sues former Seattle Utilities worker accused of $1 million theft

The city of Seattle has started civil litigation against Joseph Phan, the former Seattle Public Utilities project engineer charged in what authorities say is the largest embezzlement of public funds in recent King County history. King County prosecutors have charged Phan, 44, with 70 counts of theft for allegedly stealing $1.1 million from the city.  On Friday,…

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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: civil suit, fraud, King County Superior Court

March 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Former SPU employee charged with 70 counts of theft

A former Seattle Public Utilties project engineer was charged today with 70 counts of theft for allegedly stealing nearly $1.1 million by diverting customer checks from water main extension projects into a private bank account. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said it is the largest embezzlement of public funds in modern King County history. “I don’t…

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Comments | More in Government, The Blotter | Topics: charged, Dan Satterberg, Joeseph Phan

March 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Seattle City Council requests independent audit after $1 million theft

Seattle City Councilmembers today called for an independent audit of Seattle Public Utilities’ financial practices in the wake of the arrest of a former employee on suspicion of stealing $1 million in developer payments for water main extensions. City Councilwoman Jean Godden, chair of the Libraries, Utilities and Center Committee, asked the Seattle City Auditor to…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: Audit, Joseph Phan, Seattle City Council

December 7, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Sixth city employee disciplined for utility-bill fixing

The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission added a sixth city utility employee to its disciplinary action Wednesday in an ongoing investigation of bill fixing. Last week, the Commission announced that it had reached settlement agreements with four current and one former employee who admitted that they had made adjustments to their own or a family…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: bill fixing, Seattle Public Utilities

December 2, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Seattle Public Utilities fires three for fixing bills

Seattle Public Utilities on Friday fired three employees and suspended a fourth for accessing their own or a family member’s utility account and adjusting their bills. The action comes as the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission in a parallel investigation found that five SPU employees had accessed accounts and adjusted bills or payment plans in violation of…

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Comments | More in Government | Topics: firing, fixing bills, Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission

November 23, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Officials responding to gas spill in downtown Seattle

State officials are responding to a gasoline spill in downtown Seattle, although they don’t know how much gas leaked or how it happened. The gasoline apparently came from an underground storage tank at a former gas station on 9th Avenue and Madison Street, said Curt Hart, a spokesman for the state department of ecology. It got into…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Department of Ecology, gasoline spill, Seattle Public Utilities

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