Public Safety http://kplu.org en Seattle Mayor Calls For 'Summer Of Safety,' A Coordinated Strategy For Fighting Disorder http://kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-calls-summer-safety-coordinated-strategy-fighting-disorder <p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has issued a sweeping call for a “summer of safety,” an integrated approach to public safety that would lead to longer-term priority.</p><p>Standing before members of the Seattle City Council Wednesday, Murray touched on police reform, racial disparities, infrastructure and mental health. He said up to now, there has been a sense that the city doesn’t really have a clear, coordinated strategy for fighting crime and disorder.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 23:40:39 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17400 at http://kplu.org Seattle Mayor Calls For 'Summer Of Safety,' A Coordinated Strategy For Fighting Disorder With Warm Weather, A Warning About Cold Water http://kplu.org/post/warm-weather-warning-about-cold-water <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147261080&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Warmer temperatures this week mean more people will be out having fun on the water. Authorities say it’s a good time to remember that while the sun might be warm, the water is cold.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:41:40 +0000 Ed Ronco 16342 at http://kplu.org With Warm Weather, A Warning About Cold Water 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 Through Fines, School-Zone Speeding Cams Will Fund Safety http://kplu.org/post/through-fines-school-zone-speeding-cams-will-fund-safety <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Get caught on camera speeding through a school zone, and you may find yourself with a $189 ticket in your mailbox. Those fines add up fast: The city has collected more than $3 million as of last month.</span></p><p>So what happens to all that money? The Seattle City Council voted Monday to direct all of it into a special fund, to pay for safety improvements near schools. That could include sidewalk repairs, better lighting and fixing curbs.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:16:14 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9405 at http://kplu.org With boating season comes risk of cold water shock http://kplu.org/post/boating-season-comes-risk-cold-water-shock <p>Boating season <a href="http://www.nwboatinfo.com/Events-Opening-Day.html">opens this weekend</a> and the weather forecast predicts mostly clear skies and temperatures in the upper 70s.</p><p>The warming temperatures have authorities concerned about water safety and the potential for deadly drowning incidents. Last year, 32 people died from drowning, and more than a third of them in the spring.</p><p>Wade Alonzo with the State Parks <a href="http://www.boat.wa.gov/safety-ed.asp">Boating Safety Program</a>&nbsp;says Washington certainly sees cold water, even when the weather is fair.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 22:44:38 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8627 at http://kplu.org With boating season comes risk of cold water shock Video shows Seattle cop stomping on suspect http://kplu.org/post/video-shows-seattle-cop-stomping-suspect <object height="258" width="440"><param name="movie" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" value="http://www.king5.com/v/?i=116876998" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="AllowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="258" src="http://www.king5.com/v/?i=116876998" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="440" wmode="transparent"></embed></object><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Newly released video shows Seattle Police Officer James Lee stomping on the head of a man detained by a group of cops in city&#39;s Belltown neighborhood last October.</p><p>KING-TV&#39;s Linda Brill reports the incident is bringing <a href="http://www.king5.com/news/local/New-Police-Stomping-Video-116876998.html">further allegations of excessive force by Lee</a>, already under criminal investigation for kicking a teenager in a Belltown convenience store, just minutes before the second confrontation happened.</p><p> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 21:03:42 +0000 KPLU News Staff 878 at http://kplu.org Seattle City Light finds 56 streetlights with voltage issues http://kplu.org/post/seattle-city-light-finds-56-streetlights-voltage-issues <p>Seattle City Light has identified 56 streetlights in the Seattle area that could give off potentially dangerous voltage.&nbsp; That’s the final tally from an <a href="http://powerlines.seattle.gov/2011/01/18/seattle-city-light-completes-streetlight-inspections/">inspection of nearly 37,000 metal streetlights</a> for voltage issues.</p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 15:08:32 +0000 KPLU News Staff 556 at http://kplu.org Seattle City Light finds 56 streetlights with voltage issues Dog Electrocuted on Seattle Sidewalk http://kplu.org/post/dog-electrocuted-seattle-sidewalk <p>Seattle City Light is apologizing to a Queen Anne neighborhood family whose dog was electrocuted Thanksgiving Day while on a walk along a city sidewalk.&nbsp;Lisa McKibben <a href="http://www.q13fox.com/news/kcpq-an-afternoon-walk-turns-deadly-112810,0,5291316.story">tells KCPQ-TV </a>she wasn't sure what had happened at first:</p><blockquote><p>“I couldn't tell because he was just convulsing so much and just screeching I didn't know what was happening and I was screaming for someone to help me,” said McKibbin.</p> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 14:25:39 +0000 Gary Davis 237 at http://kplu.org Dog Electrocuted on Seattle Sidewalk