Category Archives: legal

Uber union ordinance goes before the Ninth Circuit, and has a mixed day

This morning a panel of three judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard back-to-back arguments in two cases  challenging the City of Seattle’s ordinance authorizing collective bargaining for Uber and Lyft (and other TNC) drivers.

Both sides found the judges to be deeply skeptical of some of their arguments.

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Burke-Gilman Trail “Missing Link” gets the green light from the Hearing Examiner

Today the Seattle Office of the Hearing Examiner released its decision on the latest appeal of the city’s attempt to complete the “missing link” of the Burke-Gilman Trail through Ballard. The examiner affirmed the validity of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, which clears the project to go forward unless it is appealed further up the line.

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Judge finds city in compliance with police consent decree, police reform shifts to phase 2

This afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge James Robart issued a ruling in the police use-of-force case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice that led to the consent decree and several years of police reform efforts.

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DOJ rescinds guidance on marijuana enforcement, Durkan and Holmes defiant

This morning U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo rescinding Obama-era guidance on federal enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as it relates to marijuana.  Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes had sharp words in response.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan responding to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memo rescinding guidance on de-prioritizing enforcement of marijuana laws

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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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