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The Emerald has discovered that Mayor Bruce Harrell received small personal campaign donations from both the CEO of and a department director within ShotSpotter — a gunfire detection system that Harrell has been championing for almost 10 years — in both his 2013 mayoral campaign and his 2021 mayoral campaign.
The Detective Cookie Chess Park had its grand opening on a resplendent Saturday afternoon as community members, neighborhood activists, and government officials celebrated what likely was Seattle’s feel-good story of the weekend.
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The Seattle Police Department moved a black van known as the “mobile precinct” to the intersection of Third Ave. and Pine St. in downtown Seattle on Thursday morning, scattering the dozens of people gathered there.
While the move came a day after the second fatal shooting at the corner in less than a week, the department had started preparing to clear the intersection weeks earlier—the second phase in a crackdown on crime “hot spots” announced by Mayor Bruce last month. That campaign, called Operation New Day, began two weeks ago, when police cleared a similar site at the intersection of 12th Ave. S. and S. Jackson Street in the Little Saigon neighborhood; the mobile precinct van was parked at that intersection until Thursday, when it moved downtown.
Public Health — Seattle & King County will lift its requirement for vaccination status verification at indoor entertainment and recreational events including bars and restaurants and large outdoor events as of March 1, according to county officials.
In his first State of the City speech, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the City is working to bring City employees back into the workplace and hiring more police officers to expand the department. In addition, Harrell cited budgeting gaps for the upcoming year and said that the City is exploring new departmental strategies for public safety.
In a press briefing Friday morning, Mayor Bruce Harrell and other City officials spoke on the City’s public safety strategy for the coming year — outlining a focus on certain crime “hot spots” in the city, emergency response options outside of the police, and adding staffing to the police department.
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Morning Update Show — Thursday, Dec. 16
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