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Council sets 2018 committee assignments

This afternoon the Council adopted a resolution setting in place its committee structure and responsibilities for next year. With Tim Burgess retiring and Teresa Mosqueda stepping in, changes were inevitable, and the committee areas of responsibility give us a clearer idea of the agendas for each of the Council members in the coming year.

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Lyles shooting takes center stage in Consent Decree case

On November 20th, Judge James Robart, who oversees the implementation of SPD’s consent decree directing police reform, issued an order asking the parties in the case to submit briefs on how two issues should influence his ruling on whether the city is in initial compliance with the consent decree: the shooting last June of Charleena Lyles, and the recent signing of new collective bargaining agreement with SPMA.  The deadline to file those briefs was last Friday.

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Durkan, Holmes, Gonzalez stand up to “bully” Trump over Sanctuary City policies

This morning, Mayor Durkan, City Attorney Holmes, King County Council President Joe McDermot, and City Council member Lorena Gonzalez held a joint press conference to double-down on their support for the city’s “welcoming city” policies, to release a letter sent to the DOJ on the topic, and to announce funding for programs to support Seattle’s immigrant community and DACA recipients.

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