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Monday, May 21, 2012

Seattle's One Functional Wing of Government

Posted by on Mon, May 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, who oversees all misdemeanor prosecutions and acts as the city's lawyer, has issued his annual report for 2011. It's a good read and a reminder that we have one bravely led floor at City Hall that is both capable of pushing the envelope and accomplishing an agenda. (And, yeah, that's a dig at our timid, innovation-is-the-enemy city council and bold-yet-bungling mayor.) Holmes has his ups and down, of course. He's tempered the hogwild police union by bringing police defense work in-house, unsuccessfully sued a cop, negotiated terms with the state to build a $4.2 billion tunnel, wasted a bunch of money trying to stop the public from voting on that tunnel, successfully sued to shut down a strip club, helped hash out rules for medical marijuana dispensaries, and lots more. Grade that report card how you will, but Holmes is uncommonly accomplished.


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If only you guys could show your appreciation in a way he'd remember when you need a favor, say, if he had a daughter or son you could hire as an intern...
Posted by gloomy gus on May 21, 2012 at 1:14 PM · Report this
Dominic Holden 2
The fortune was ours, gus. Paul Holmes was the best applicant at the time, he earned his internship fair and square, and he never covered anything related to his dad's office.
Posted by Dominic Holden on May 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM · Report this
south downtown 3
would still like to see him address the campaign promise to make opinions from his office public domain...
Posted by south downtown on May 21, 2012 at 1:47 PM · Report this
@2, true - I remember at the time thinking you guys were doing a terrific job keeping who his dad is under wraps, especially since it didn't have anything to do with it and all....
Posted by gloomy gus on May 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM · Report this
It's a lot easier for someone to be effective if they are able to take unilateral action the way a City Attorney can. Our Madisonian system of checks and balances requires the mayor and the council to agree in order for either of them to take significant actions. It doesn't help when a majority of the Council opposes the mayor's agenda and wants to deny him a second term.
Posted by dreadfort on May 21, 2012 at 2:07 PM · Report this
Dominic Holden 6
@4) You must be joking. There was no secret--Paul was on Pete's campaign staff. We didn't think it was necessary to publish a statement because Holmes Junior never did work that would constitute a conflict of interest.
Posted by Dominic Holden on May 21, 2012 at 3:23 PM · Report this
@6, I am joking. Though it was good to learn the paper's logic in not making the connection plain, I really was just idly being a butt about hiring a favorite politico's kid as an intern.
Posted by gloomy gus on May 21, 2012 at 3:54 PM · Report this
Dominic Holden 8
@7) You may recall that we were, in fact, rather at odds with Holmes Senior at the time.
Posted by Dominic Holden on May 21, 2012 at 4:32 PM · Report this
@8, you do realize a favor bank is meant to hold deposits long-term, not short, right? Not that that's what this was! I would never suggest untoward use of a Yale Glee Club member! But if you're playing with the idea that it couldn't have been because of the tone your coverage took during his internship, that doesn't exactly hold all the water there is...
Posted by gloomy gus on May 21, 2012 at 4:54 PM · Report this
trstr 10
I remember someone in Occupy Seattle saying that Pete Holmes told them that he had no interest in prosecuting civil disobedience cases. Someone definitely lied.
Posted by trstr on May 21, 2012 at 6:47 PM · Report this

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