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Durkan Proposes Ledger Swap of $56 Million from SPD to Other Parts of City Budget

by Erica C. Barnett

(This article was originally published on The C is for Crank and has been reprinted under an agreement.)


As calls to defund the Seattle Police Department continue, Mayor Jenny Durkan has proposed moving about $56 million out of the Seattle Police Department’s budget into other parts of the city budget — a ledger swap that could actually cost the city more money than the current system and could, advocates say, actually weaken the accountability system.

When announcing the transfers, Durkan’s office described the changes as “actions to transform the Seattle Police Department and reimagine community safety” by responding to requests from community stakeholders. However, it’s unclear where the impetus for the specific changes the mayor proposed — moving 911 dispatch, the Office of Police Accountability, and the Office of Emergency Management out of SPD — came from.

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MLK Labor Council Votes to Expel Seattle Police Officers Guild From Ranks

by Carolyn Bick


The Martin Luther King Labor Council voted at its virtual meeting on June 17 to expel the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) from its ranks.

The more than 150-member coalition of unions voted 153 in favor to 77 against, with a delegate roll-call vote that garnered more than 45,000 delegates in favor of SPOG’s expulsion. 

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News Gleams: District Councils Hit Reset, Ballots Coming, SPOG President Leaving

Changes to District Council System

Drastic changes to the city’s District Council system are expected after Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed an executive order earlier today. Murray says that the order will bring about greater equity to the city’s system for promoting public engagement among residents of Seattle’s neighborhoods.  Continue reading News Gleams: District Councils Hit Reset, Ballots Coming, SPOG President Leaving