New page for City Council candidates

I just launched a new permanent page on the site: tracking the candidates for City Council this year. It lists the candidates that are officially declared for Positions 8 and 9, along with contact information, financial disclosures, and other useful links on where to get more information about them. Some of the paperwork trickles in over time, especially in the few weeks after a candidate officially files for candidacy. I’ll keep filling in the holes as things appear. Enjoy!

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Police mutual aid agreements: they’re great until they’re not

What happens when a police force exhausts the resources it can deploy to handle a crisis situation such as a riot, a larger-than-expected mass action event, or a natural disaster? Most police departments use “mutual aid” agreements to call on neighboring police departments as needed to supplement their own resources. These agreements benefit small towns and large cities alike, not to mention special public-safety organizations such as the Port of Seattle Police. But they can also create issues when the two departments work under different policies. This has come up twice for┬áthe Seattle Police Department, and by extension the City …

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