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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:19 PM
The Seattle City Council is considering an ordinance that would require construction companies bidding on city projects to be based in Seattle and hire Seattle workers.
  • The Seattle City Council is considering an ordinance that would require construction companies bidding on city projects to be based in Seattle and hire Seattle workers. 
  • A MODEST PROPOSAL | The Unicorn Prizes
    I did it. I outwitted Google, eBay, Craigslist and Amazon. On July 28, 2014, at 6:17 p.m., the Internet as we know it ended. The World Wide Web is no longer a bestower of all things. 
  • In this difficult-to-find, “public” auction of foreclosed Seattle homes, a couple dozen protesters — with voices, tambourines and noisemakers echoing off the parking garage walls — surround the auctioneer, leaning in and making the auction impossible. 
  • In July, more than 200 people from across the city crowded into Ballard Community Center for a unique evening session of Seattle City Council’s Housing Committee. 
  • We have seen the image of mostly black teenagers rushing into a store together, taking anything they wanted and completely overwhelming the store clerk. You have seen other images of black youths snatching cell phones out of people hands in broad daylight. 
  • For privacy, I’ll call her “My New Friend.” We met in a grief-counseling session. It’s not been a year since I lost my mother. 
  • MILT PRIGGEE | August 2014
    To view more of Milt Priggee's work, visit www.miltpriggee.com. 
  • The July 24 derailment of five of 102 train cars carrying crude oil under the Magnolia Bridge drove home the near-inevitability of even more oil trains coming through Seattle. 
  • The Seattle City Council became the 60th American city to recommend the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) change its policy about the lifetime ban against gay and bisexual men donating blood. 
  • With the results of this year’s primary election not yet official, it’s time to focus on the Nov. 4 general election’s controversial proposition: the monorail ballot measure. 
  • July has been a month of traffic news and blues in Seattle. Officials have made progress on some decisions, while traffic still seems to grind to a halt whenever an accident, event or a little summer rain happens. 
  • The Seattle School Board has appointed retired Marysville School District Superintendent Larry Nyland as the interim leader of Seattle Public Schools, effective Aug. 1. He will serve until June 2015. 
  • On a hot, summer Sunday, Mr. Franklin stopped his new, black Dodge Charger in the alley. I was working on the hedge that borders three sides of the lot. Old Paint, my ancient Nissan pickup, blocked the roadway as I trimmed the hedge back.  
  • My opponents believe that my optimism about the future for African Americans in America is my Achilles heel, but I believe it’s my strength. When you stop believing change is possible, you stop being a change agent. 
  • We have a big problem with City Councilmember Mike O’Brien’s call for workforce housing in Seattle. 
  • It’s been a hugely busy month on the local political scene. But lost in the blizzard of headlines was the truly remarkable — in every bad sense of the word — lawsuit filed on May 28 by more than 100 rank-and-file Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers. 
  • The mayor of this city, Ed Murray, needs to get together with the Gov. Jay Inslee and demand that Seattle corporations, like Microsoft and Boeing, get their act together and help support the community that has enabled their huge success stories. 
  • [I] was so pleased to see my friend Jennifer’s backyard cat sanctuary profiled in your sane and helpful June article (“Keeping Cats Safe and Enclosed,” mid-June 2014). 
  • MILT PRIGGEE | July 2014
    To view more of Milt Priggee's work, visit www.miltpriggee.com. 
  • Yet another city official is seeking his employees’ and the public’s forgiveness for being derelict in his duties. 
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