Mike McGinn http://kplu.org en KCTS Debate: Seattle Mayoral Candidates Forced to Prioritize http://kplu.org/post/kcts-debate-seattle-mayoral-candidates-forced-prioritize <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It isn't always easy to pin down a politician. Most would prefer to list a range of issues they plan to address than choose just one top priority. But Tuesday night, during a debate on </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KCTS-TV</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the candidates for mayor of Seattle, incumbent Mike </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McGinn</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and challenger state Senator Ed Murray, were forced to list everything, from housing to education in the order of importance.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 06:55:54 +0000 Paula Wissel 10595 at http://kplu.org KCTS Debate: Seattle Mayoral Candidates Forced to Prioritize Behind 'Political Grandstanding,' Shared Views on Street Safety http://kplu.org/post/behind-political-grandstanding-shared-views-street-safety <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The race for mayor of Seattle has put public safety downtown front and center, and at first it&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">might seem&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to be following a familiar storyline: a polarized fight between the get-tough camp and the services-oriented approach.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"There are hotspots, and we’ve been very, very slow to act,” said challenger Ed Murray, advocating the hiring of 100 new police officers.&nbsp;</span></p><p>"You know, that's political grandstanding," said Mayor Mike McGinn, arguing we "can't arrest our way out of the problem."</p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 07:00:02 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 10556 at http://kplu.org Behind 'Political Grandstanding,' Shared Views on Street Safety Seattle preserves services, but may lay off 82 workers http://kplu.org/post/seattle-preserves-services-may-lay-82-workers <p>Big budget cuts loom from the state and federal governments, but some city and county leaders say their situation is more stable. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn presented an annual budget that cuts about 2 percent from the city&rsquo;s general fund.</p><p> Tue, 27 Sep 2011 00:10:24 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 2733 at http://kplu.org Seattle preserves services, but may lay off 82 workers More money for street repair in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/more-money-street-repair-seattle <p>The city of Seattle is pouring an extra $3 million into road repair. The city is using money it made selling property along Aurora Avenue North, known as the &quot;Rubble Yard,&quot; to the state Department of Transportation.<span style="">&nbsp; </span> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 00:08:01 +0000 Paula Wissel 2062 at http://kplu.org More money for street repair in Seattle Seattle facing more budget cuts next year http://kplu.org/post/seattle-facing-more-budget-cuts-next-year <p>Police, fire and all other departments in Seattle have been asked to find budget cuts for next year. Mayor Mike McGinn has instructed every office to look for trims because of lagging city revenues.</p><p> Tue, 03 May 2011 22:32:58 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1531 at http://kplu.org Seattle may not need new jail until at least 2030 http://kplu.org/post/seattle-may-not-need-new-jail-until-least-2030 <p>It could be two decades before Seattle needs more jail beds for its misdemeanor inmates. City and King County leaders say that&rsquo;s the <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/news/release/2011/April/14JailAgreement.aspx">expected result of a new agreement</a>.</p><p>The deal extends an arrangement the city and county struck last year to house some of Seattle&rsquo;s jail population in the county&rsquo;s downtown facility. That brought an end to a controversial search for a new city jail site.</p><p>Mayor Mike McGinn says he&rsquo;s glad that&rsquo;s off the table for now:</p> Thu, 14 Apr 2011 22:12:54 +0000 Charla Bear 1210 at http://kplu.org Seattle may not need new jail until at least 2030 Ready, set, walk! http://kplu.org/post/ready-set-walk <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-962044.mp3</p><p>How about going out for a stroll? Today is <a href="http://www.startwalkingnow.org/about_start_walking_day.jsp">National Start Walking Day.&nbsp; </a>The American Heart Association, which sponsors the day,&nbsp; says taking just 10 minutes three times a day to walk will help you live longer.</p><p>Several hundred people turned out at Seattle city hall to kick off Start Walking Day by taking a 30 minute walk around downtown. Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine led the way.</p><p> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 02:18:23 +0000 Paula Wissel 1152 at http://kplu.org Ready, set, walk! Legal questions confront proposed Seattle referendum on tunnel http://kplu.org/post/legal-questions-confront-proposed-seattle-referendum-tunnel <p>Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has filed a legal challenge to a citizen referendum on Seattle&#39;s proposed deep-bore waterfront tunnel.</p><p>Holmes <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/law/news/pr/110329PR_complaint.pdf">has asked a judge to rule</a> on whether the construction agreements between the city and the state that targeted by the referendum are &ldquo;administrative actions&rdquo; which can&#39;t&nbsp;be overturned by the vote.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 22:06:07 +0000 Liam Moriarty & KPLU News Staff 1097 at http://kplu.org Legal questions confront proposed Seattle referendum on tunnel Restaurateur Tom Douglas vs. Mayor Mike McGinn on changes to Seattle parking rates http://kplu.org/post/restaurateur-tom-douglas-vs-mayor-mike-mcginn-changes-seattle-parking-rates <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-960070.mp3</p><p>Seattle&#39;s downtown restaurant owners are still grumbling about rate hikes for metered street parking.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/parking/paidparkingrates.htm">city&#39;s new scheme</a> has been in place for a little over a month. But the controversy hasn&#39;t gone away. One of the city&#39;s most famous restaurant owners is going public with his concerns.</p> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 18:30:43 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1084 at http://kplu.org Restaurateur Tom Douglas vs. Mayor Mike McGinn on changes to Seattle parking rates Improvements planned for Seattle Center Food Court http://kplu.org/post/improvements-planned-seattle-center-food-court <p>It looks like the Seattle Center Food Court will soon be run by a concessionaire that has current contracts with Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo.&nbsp;</p><p>The Seattle Center has announced a letter-of-intent with Lancer Hospitality.&nbsp;</p><p>The space was built originally as an armory, completed in 1939.&nbsp; Located at the base of the Space Needle, it was famous in the 1970s for the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubbleator">Bubbleator</a> amusement ride (now in Burien) and for at that time newfangled food attractions, such as Orange Julius smoothies.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 13:25:18 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 896 at http://kplu.org Improvements planned for Seattle Center Food Court Seattle Mayor says more police should live in city http://kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-says-more-police-should-live-city <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-954115.mp3</p><p>With 82-percent of Seattle&#39;s officers living outside the city limits, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says it&#39;s hard to have a good local police force. It&#39;s also difficult to do anything about it because state law prevents cities from requiring officers to live where they work. McGinn says there could be an opportunity, though, when 300 officers who are eligible for retirement leave the force.</p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 01:12:33 +0000 Paula Wissel & Charla Bear 853 at http://kplu.org Seattle Mayor says more police should live in city Friday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/friday-mornings-headlines-8 <p>Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><ul><li><strong>Seattle Mayor Vetoes Tunnel Plan as Expected</strong></li><li><strong>Arraignment in Kent Today in 49th Green River Killing</strong></li><li><strong>Investment Firm Buys Majority Stake in Haggen Chain</strong></li><li><strong>Boeing, Alaska Air Employees Awarded Bonuses</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>McGinn Vetoes Tunnel Plan in Symbolic Move</strong></p><p>Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is staying out on a limb and keeping his election promises, using his veto power Thursday in a symbolic attempt to stop the tunnel along the Seattle waterfront from being built. Fri, 18 Feb 2011 13:51:26 +0000 KPLU News Staff 825 at http://kplu.org Friday morning's headlines Seattle forum on police conduct draws anger, demands for change http://kplu.org/post/seattle-forum-police-conduct-draws-anger-demands-change <p>Hundreds packed a Seattle forum on police accountability Thursday evening, an event which quickly turned into a showcase of public anger over recent incidents involving questions of excessive force against ethnic minorities.</p><p>The event, sponsored by Mayor Mike McGinn and The Stranger, was organized in the wake of tensions following the <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kplu/news.newsmain/article/2367/0/1696760/Law.and.Justice/Native.Community.Responds.to.Shooting">shooting death last year </a>of First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams by Officer Ian Birk.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 15:54:05 +0000 KPLU News Staff 711 at http://kplu.org Seattle forum on police conduct draws anger, demands for change Saying goodbye to decorative street lights? http://kplu.org/post/saying-goodbye-decorative-street-lights <p>Those quaint streetlights that grace some neighborhood business districts in Seattle may be history. <span style="">&nbsp;</span>Seattle City Light wants to limit the installation of decorative streetlights in the future.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This comes in the wake of the city&rsquo;s ongoing inspection of light poles, some of which have been emitting dangerous levels of electricity.</p><p class="MsoNormal"> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 20:37:17 +0000 Paula Wissel 478 at http://kplu.org Saying goodbye to decorative street lights? More bad light poles in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/more-bad-light-poles-seattle <p>Seattle&rsquo;s ongoing inspection of streetlights has turned up more dangerous structures.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>But city officials insist the potential harm to people and pets is minimal.&nbsp;</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-943570.mp3</p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 09:50:45 +0000 Paula Wissel 473 at http://kplu.org More bad light poles in Seattle