City of Seattle is mired in bureaucratic red tape to determine police conduct procedure.
Green is the New Red – Seattle edition. Reaffirming their claim as the pioneering avant-garde of environmentalism, the Church of Seattle City Council Progressivism resolved to advance their version of a Green New Deal yesterday. The 12-page plan, (which is longer than the bill recently rejected by the U.S. Senate on a 57-to-0 vote), is an expansive restatement of Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s (D-NY) utopian dream. (Shift WA)
Happening in Olympia
Impatient to impose Seattle style criminal justice on the rest of the state, city councilmember Lorena Gonzalez announced her candidacy for Washington Attorney General. Not waiting for Jay Inslee or Bob Ferguson to determine their 2020 ambitions, Gonzalez has formed a campaign committee to begin fundraising. (Crosscut)
Seattle’s Community Police Commission unanimously rejected Mayor Jenny Durkan’s plan to address issues raised by a federal judge related to Seattle’s police accountability system. It is the definition of “death by process.” Mayor Durkan proposed: hire consultants to review procedure policies of 20 other cities; wait for the consultants’ report with data and a report to the mayor’s office; the mayor would make recommendations to the CPC; the CPC would make its own recommendations to the council; the council would then vote on its own proposal. Meanwhile, the city argues about process while police officers leaving the force in droves, and the public is increasingly concerned about personal safety. (Seattle Times)
Responding to another Seattle study saying the Snake River should be returned to pristine conditions to save Puget Sound salmon, State Senator Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale) recommends we do the same thing closer to the source in Western Washington. In a somewhat tongue-in-cheek press release, Erickson recommended the state fund a study to consider removing the Ballard Locks and ship canal to restore local lakes to their original levels. In the future Ericksen believes we can investigate restoring the Duwamish tide flats and rebuilding Denny Hill. (Ericksen Press Release)
While the Spokane race for mayor receives most the attention, the vote for council president will also be contentious (the public votes for this office). Current councilman Breen Breggs and Cindy Wendle made it through the primary and will be fighting for the votes of conservative third place finisher Mike Fagan. (Spokesman-Review)
Wapato city council cleans house after an election that saw the sweeping defeat of current mayor and councilmembers aligned with disgraced former administrator Juan Orozco. At their Wednesday meeting the council agreed to a hiring freeze, eliminated many jobs (including city administrator), and asked for the Mayor’s resignation. Mayor Dora Alvarez-Roa received only 8% of the primary vote on Tuesday. (Yakima Herald)
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