Friday news roundup

Lots of legal news today…

… and don’t forget that the Council plans to vote this afternoon on appointing someone to fill the vacancy left by Tim Burgess when he moved up to the Mayor’s office.

The Stranger reports that a judge denied the ACLU’s motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the city from cleaning up unsanctioned homeless encampments.

Seattle Times and Capitol Hill Times cover further legal developments in two defamation cases against Councilmember Kshama Sawant.

Puget Sound Business Journal says that Mayor Burgess’s proposal for retirement plans makes a lot of sense.

Crosscut looks at the election contest between incumbent Council member Lorena Gonzalez ad general election challenger Pat Murakami.