Mayor Ed Murray 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 Murray Appoints Joncas Of Downtown Seattle Association As Deputy Mayor http://kplu.org/post/murray-appoints-joncas-downtown-seattle-association-deputy-mayor <p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has named&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Downtown Seattle Association President and CEO</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Kate </span>Joncas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as his new deputy mayor of operations.</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:39:25 +0000 Martha Kang 17080 at http://kplu.org After 2 Deadly Shootings In A Week, Seattle Mayor Says 'We Must Find A Solution' http://kplu.org/post/after-2-deadly-shootings-week-seattle-mayor-says-we-must-find-solution <p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he plans to call an emergency meeting of the Seattle City Council to discuss the “epidemic of gun violence” in the wake of two shootings that claimed three lives in the city in the past week.</p><p>“This city and this nation must address this sense of violence,” said the mayor at a Friday news conference with dozens of community leaders standing by his side. “We have to find a way to move forward.”</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 22:17:14 +0000 Martha Kang & Kyle Stokes 17029 at http://kplu.org After 2 Deadly Shootings In A Week, Seattle Mayor Says 'We Must Find A Solution' Seattle Police Chief Nominee Endorses Hiring Outside Assistants http://kplu.org/post/seattle-police-chief-nominee-endorses-hiring-outside-assistants <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152704240&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Confirmation hearings begin today for Kathleen O'Toole, the woman nominated to be the new Seattle police chief. Kathleen O’Toole will appear before the Seattle City Council Public Safety Committee.</p><p>One issue stirring controversy among the top brass in the Seattle Police Department is O’Toole’s plan to hire assistants from outside the department. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 16939 at http://kplu.org Seattle Police Chief Nominee Endorses Hiring Outside Assistants Seattle City Council Unanimously Approves $15 Minimum Wage — Highest In Nation http://kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-unanimously-approves-15-minimum-wage-highest-nation <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152684374&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously approved an ordinance to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 per hour, the highest in the nation.</p><p>Starting on April 1, 2015, the clock will begin ticking for Seattle-based employers to boost their minimum wage workforce up to $15 per hour. Raises will be phased in over the next three to seven years, depending on how large the business is and what other benefits it offers.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:39:46 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer & Bellamy Pailthorp 16902 at http://kplu.org Seattle City Council Unanimously Approves $15 Minimum Wage — Highest In Nation Seattle Police Officers File Civil Rights Complaint Over Use Of Force Policies http://kplu.org/post/seattle-police-officers-file-civil-rights-complaint-over-use-force-policies <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151770451&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>More than 100 Seattle police officers have filed a federal civil rights complaint against city and federal authorities.</p><p>They allege the agreement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Seattle restricting police&nbsp; use of force has put both police and the public in danger. Thu, 29 May 2014 02:00:27 +0000 Paula Wissel 16854 at http://kplu.org Murray: No Committee Consensus Yet On Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Proposal http://kplu.org/post/murray-no-committee-consensus-yet-seattles-15-minimum-wage-proposal <p>The committee exploring the proposal to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 has not reached a consensus, Mayor Ed Murray said Thursday.</p><p>Murray, who had called a news conference to unveil a plan for raising the minimum wage, said the Income Inequality Advisory Committee had not yet reached a firm agreement. He added the negotiations are ongoing.</p><p>“I’d rather get it late and get it right than rush it and get it wrong,” he said.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:52:39 +0000 Ashley Gross 16264 at http://kplu.org Murray: No Committee Consensus Yet On Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Proposal Why Are Seattle Restaurant Owners Pushing For A So-Called 'Tip Credit'? http://kplu.org/post/why-are-seattle-restaurant-owners-pushing-so-called-tip-credit <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143898828&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re a restaurant server in Texas or Mississippi, you probably earn $2.13 an hour from your employer. That’s the federal minimum wage for people who earn tips.</span></p><p>But here, servers earn at least $9.32 an hour, and then earn tips on top of that. Washington is one of seven states that require that tipped workers get the same minimum wage as everyone else. But with talk of a $15 an hour minimum wage, restaurant owners are pushing back.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:39:23 +0000 Ashley Gross 15825 at http://kplu.org Why Are Seattle Restaurant Owners Pushing For A So-Called 'Tip Credit'? Seattle City Council Mulls Creating Park District To Fund Repairs http://kplu.org/post/seattle-city-council-mulls-creating-park-district-fund-repairs <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143604173&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The city of Seattle says its parks need major repairs and it doesn’t have the money to pay for them.</p><p>On Monday night, the Seattle City Council will hear from the public on the idea of creating a special park district that could levy its own taxes.</p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:14:17 +0000 Ashley Gross 15770 at http://kplu.org Seattle City Council Mulls Creating Park District To Fund Repairs Murray Reinstates Misconduct Finding For Embattled Seattle Police Officer http://kplu.org/post/murray-reinstates-misconduct-finding-embattled-seattle-police-officer <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says it was wrong to change penalties against a police officer who threatened to harass a journalist. The comments mark an about-face for the mayor.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In July, Dominic Holden of The</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Stranger was taking pictures as officers questioned a man in the International District. He says Officer John Marion got angry with him and threatened to come to The Stranger’s offices and “bother” Holden while he was at work. </span></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:53:23 +0000 Ed Ronco 14021 at http://kplu.org Murray Reinstates Misconduct Finding For Embattled Seattle Police Officer Mayor: Seattle To Stay On Weekly Trash Pickup Schedule http://kplu.org/post/mayor-seattle-stay-weekly-trash-pickup-schedule <p>Seattle will not switch its trash pickup schedule to every other week following an unpopular pilot program.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Ed Murray asked the Seattle City Council to shelf the proposed plan and keep the city on its current weekly pickup schedule.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 20:06:28 +0000 Ed Ronco 13945 at http://kplu.org Mayor: Seattle To Stay On Weekly Trash Pickup Schedule Why Democrats Are Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage http://kplu.org/post/why-democrats-are-suddenly-talking-about-minimum-wage <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">We’re hearing a lot these days about raising the minimum wage.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">President Obama talked about it in his State of the Union address last month. SeaTac voters approved a $15 per hour base wage last fall. And there’s a push now to adopt the same in Seattle. Even in Idaho, there’s a minimum wage campaign afoot.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">It turns out this is no accident; it's part of a national effort to put the issue before politicians and voters.</p><p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:10:42 +0000 Austin Jenkins 13739 at http://kplu.org Why Democrats Are Suddenly Talking About Minimum Wage Seattle Civil Rights Leader Honored With Street Sign http://kplu.org/post/seattle-civil-rights-leader-honored-street-sign <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A street in Seattle’s central area has been named Reverend Dr. S. McKinney Avenue, for the local civil rights leader.</span></p><p>Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an ordinance&nbsp; Wednesday, February 12, designating 19th Avenue, from East Union to East Madison Street, Reverend Dr. S. McKinney Avenue. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 04:56:42 +0000 Paula Wissel 13593 at http://kplu.org Seattle Civil Rights Leader Honored With Street Sign