City Council Candidate Debora Juarez Pleaded Guilty to a DUI in 2012: In this week's primary, Juarez led the vote count to represent North Seattle's District 5. Daniel Beekman at the Seattle Times reports that Juarez "was driving east on North Northgate Way about 3:08 a.m. on Aug. 5, 2012, when she hit the head of a guardrail where North Northgate Way and North 105th Street diverge, according to a police report. Her blood-alcohol content measured 0.185 percent and 0.177 in a pair of samples about 4:50 a.m. the same morning. The legal limit for driving is 0.08... Juarez pleaded guilty on Oct. 29, 2012. She was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay a $595 fine. She was allowed to perform 48 hours of community service in lieu of spending 24 hours in jail, the minimum time required for her offense, due to medical conditions. Juarez completed an alcohol evaluation, an eight-hour alcohol- and drug-information school and a DUI victims panel."
It's Official: Jean Godden Will Only Be a City Council Member for Another Five Months: Godden conceded yesterday afternoon, after the latest ballot count from this week's primary election showed that she continued to trail behind challengers Rob Johnson and Michael Maddux. Johnson and Maddux will face off in the November general election.
Serving Seattle has been the highest honor I've had. Watch for surprises in the next 5 months, I promise to leave with a bang not a whimper!
— Jean Godden (@ReelectJean) August 7, 2015
Michael Maddux Is on Blabbermouth This Week, By the Way: Listen to the podcast here.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Has Installed Surveillance Cameras in the Central District: Brendan Kiley investigates: The ATF says the cameras aren't being monitored live but are recording to a hard drive in connection with an ongoing investigation. The agency apparently has an agreement with Seattle City Light that allows them to install cameras. "The question is not whether gun violence is a major problem that needs to be addressed," Brendan writes. "The answer to that is an obvious yes. The question is whether Seattle can establish meaningful surveillance policies—don't suck up the identities of everyone at a protest with StingRays, for example—without federal agencies being able to summarily preempt them just by picking up the phone and calling Seattle City Light."
"It's Like Discrimination." That's how the co-owner of the Aladdin Hookah Lounge located off of Denny Way explained the mayor's plan to shut down the city's 11 hookah bars to Publicola. "While having East African immigrants standing by the mayor’s side provides great political optics for Murray’s tough love politics," Josh Kelety writes, "other East Africans say it’s shortsighted. 'We’re not having a problem with hookah lounges. We’re having a problem with gangs,' [East African liaison for the 37th Legislative District Hassan] Diis says."
The City Will Start Automatically Enrolling Some Low-Income Residents in the Utilities Discount Program: "Any individual or family who lives in a subsidized apartment with income requirements that also meet UDP income eligibility will be automatically enrolled in the utility discount," the mayor's office announced yesterday. The could benefit up to 5,000 utility customers.
Crosswalks in the Central District Have Been Painted with the Colors of Pan-African Flag: "Three crosswalks near Martin Luther King Jr. Way have been painted with red, black and green stripes, colors said to represent the Pan-African flag," the Seattle Times reports. "The unauthorized color scheme reportedly appeared around the time of the Umoja Fest last weekend, and more than a month after the city unveiled 11 rainbow crosswalks on Capitol Hill to celebrate gay pride. A community group, United Hood Movement, is taking at least partial ownership of the Central District crosswalks’ new look, calling it a statement against the area’s gentrification and part of an effort to unify the community."
Confidential to KING 5: If you're going to run a fear-mongering piece like this about how teenagers can get birth control at school without telling their parents—information that is not even new—please do some reading. Requiring students to discuss birth control with their parents before accessing it, as this story implies should be happening, doesn't make teenagers stop having sex. Research shows they're more likely to just have unsafe sex instead.
Did You Know 5,000 State Lawmakers and Staffers Are in Town? It's for the National Conference of State Legislatures. "The presentations and panels delved into all sorts of government minutiae, from recycling, to drones, to police-worn body cameras, state debt and budgeting," the Seattle Times reports. Plus, of course, a panel called "Legalizing Marijuana: Potholes and Possibilities" to learn about how Washington and Colorado are faring with that whole pot legalization thing.
Everything That Happened at That #ShellNo Action in Portland: "The protest also stretched taut the contradictions within Portland," write staffers at Willamette Week in this impressive story piecing together what happened at the protest. "This remains an industrial river city, one where thousands of jobs depend on the marine commerce that hums up and down the Willamette. It is also a place with a pulsing environmental conscience, and hundreds of activists eager to take a local stand to save a warming planet. The standoff at the St. Johns Bridge pressed those two identities face to face—and forced Gov. Kate Brown and Mayor Charlie Hales to pick a side."