Friday news roundup

The charges against former Council candidate Sheley Secrest top the news this morning.

Erica C. Barnett, Seattle Times, The Stranger, SeattleMet, AP, and South Seattle Emerald all report that the City Attorney’s Office has filed criminal charges against former City Council candidate Sheley Secrest for defrauding the Democracy Voucher program.  Kudos to Erica for breaking the story!

Capitol Hill Times looks at the path forward for the proposed city-wide MHA upzone.

Northwest Asian Weekly reports on the Council’s approval of the expansion of the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park.

Crosscut reports that Seattle City Light is months behind in hooking up new buildings to the power grid, delaying the opening of new housing.

NextCity looks at whether safe consumption sites can overcome legal objections.

SeattleMet covers pending state legislation to ban the death penalty.

The Urbanist reports that the Northgate Link light-rail extension project is on time and under budget.

Seattle Times has an editorial arguing that the City of Seattle should stay out of the fight over a proposed liquid natural gas plant in Tacoma.