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  • In light of the heightened scrutiny from the federal investigation into the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) use of force, the department has been open with how it disciplines officers, with news surfacing with unexpected regularity.

     
  • Seattle has made it illegal to dispose of food and food waste in the garbage, as of Jan. 1. 
  • KING-5 TV recently reported that the minimum-wage increase to $15 per hour in the city of SeaTac, which took effect at the start of 2014, has had minimal impact on its businesses and sales and property taxes. 
  • My favorite decade was the 1950s, when life seemed strife-less. We found there were no real hangouts for the 21-year-old group, however. 
  • For weeks, demonstrations rolled through cities large and small in the wake of the decision by a suburban St. Louis grand jury to not criminally charge a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in his fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown.
     
  • The children are mad. They thought the civil rights struggle was over.
     
  • 2014 was a busy year for Seattle. A lot of things changed, but a lot of stayed the same — much to our chagrin. Here are the big issues for 2015:  
  • Acknowledging that it will take much longer than their 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness Plan allows, city and county officials have decided that if they can’t beat homelessness, then it might as well live with it. 
  • It’s time Seattle officials got serious about finding transportation solutions that don’t just involve dedicated bike lanes taking up valuable real estate on roadways. 
  • The recent anti-police-brutality protests around the country and here in Seattle have demonstrated that something needs to be done to give people a clearer sense of what happens during incidents when police officers kill possible suspects in the line of duty. 
  • The activists are right to ask for help from city leaders. Now is the time for us all to thank the elephants for their years at WPZ by funding a retirement — in a sanctuary — that they can really enjoy. 
  • Over the weekend, it was revealed that the Seattle School Board may offer interim Seattle Public Schools (SPS) Superintendent Larry Nyland the permanent position 
  • The most important election result for Seattleites this month wasn’t passage of a pilot program for universal preschool. And it wasn’t the end of Elizabeth Campbell’s monorail fantasy. 
  • We’re now just one year from electing seven councilmembers under the new district election system overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2013.  
  • What kind of nation we will have for the next two years was determined by the recent election results. This, of course, will be spun as a rejection of President Barack Obama, but if you know U.S. history, you know that it was far more than that. 
  • MILT PRIGGEE | December 2014
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  • With Washington as the No. 1 state for property crime in the nation, some Seattle neighborhoods have taken matters into their own hands (and pockets) to do something about it. 
  • Anyone living on or traveling to and from Queen Anne and Seattle Center knows that the Mercer corridor project has made traffic a mess. And the area has seen a recent bout of extra closures and delays. 
  • The full Seattle City Council will vote Monday, Nov. 24, on its amended budget that includes more than $14 million in changes to Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed 2015-16 biennial budget. 
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