The Seattle Police Department and King County Prosecutor's office are investigating a Washington State assistant attorney general for alleged fraud and identity theft related to an adult hookup site.
Earlier this month, according to a police report, a woman (unnamed in the report) told police that someone had been impersonating her online and had arranged sexual encounters using her name and phone number. Between December 25, 2006, and May 15, 2008, the woman says she received between 25 and 30 phone calls from people looking for sex.
The Stranger is not naming the man, as no charges have been filed. Kristin Alexander, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, says the office knows about the investigation but has not put the employee on leave. Alexander also says it does not appear that any state computers were used to connect to the hookup site. JONAH SPANGENTHAL-LEE
A developer and a neighborhood group have reached a deal to move forward with a 10-acre big-box development, anchored by a Target, at the south end of the International District. The Dearborn Street Coalition for Livable Neighborhoods, which includes more than 40 neighborhood and labor groups, appealed the development's permit in June.
Under the agreement, Dearborn Street Developers will build 200 units of affordable housing onsite, and will spend $1 million on traffic mitigation, commercial district improvements, and designs for a community center. Construction workers will also be paid competitive wages.
"The two biggest problems that working families in this community face are a lack of affordable housing and not enough quality jobs," says David West, director of the labor-advocacy nonprofit Puget Sound Sage, a member of the co-alition. "We think we've come up with an agreement that fits both those issues." DOMINIC HOLDEN
Earlier this year, the city council set aside $350,000 to assist tenants making less than $42,000 a year who were displaced by a recent wave of condo conversions. In May, Mayor Greg Nickels snagged more than $200,000 from the fund to shore up a budget gap at the city's Human Services Department (HSD), and the city enlisted Seattle nonprofit Solid Ground to distribute the remaining $100,000.
According to data released by HSD this week, Solid Ground only managed to distribute a total of $2,631 to four households. Solid Ground also received $2,295.
The city has repeatedly claimed there simply weren't enough displaced tenants in need of the money. However, given that more than 6,000 rental units have been converted to condos since 2004, it seems highly unlikely that only four households would have been eligible for the program. JONAH SPANGENTHAL-LEE