Author: McGinn, Mike
Date published: February 29, 2012
* Waving a bedsheet that read "Bring Diaz Down," Occupy Seattle protesters stormed a mostly empty Seattle City Council meeting on February 27 to demand that the city terminate police chief John Diaz. Upon learning that the council lacks that power, dozens of the 50-strong mob went to the office of Mayor Mike McGinn, where several of them resolutely snuggled on the couch in the foyer. After City Hall closed at 6 p.m., police arrested 10 demonstrators for criminal trespassing.
* Speaking of SPD, the department has hired former Seattlecrime.com owner (and former Stranger crime reporter) Jonah Spangenthal-Lee to write for its blog, SPD Blotter. "Not only does he have a lot of credibility as a journalist, he's run his own crime blog that covered us," says an SPD source.
* The Seattle Police Department is planning to release an It Gets Better video in time for this summer's Gay Pride Parade.
* Sources say the best place to get a free meal in City Hall is Mike O'Brien's office on the second floor, thanks to O'Brien's legislative aide Sahar Fathi, who has been known to bring in homemade doughnuts, edible nameplates, and, most recently, chocolate chip peanut butter bacon cookies.
* Mayor Mike McGinn still hasn't reconfi rmed or replaced Kathryn Olson, the director of the city's police accountability department (aka the Office of Professional Accountability), whose term expired in May 2010. Most recently, Olson defended her decision to exonerate an officer who was caught on video threatening to make up evidence about two suspects he was arresting. At a February 15 meeting of the city council's Public Safety Committee, Olson said: "It was bantering that was going on with the suspect-not necessarily the best of practices-but there was no issue of dishonesty." McGinn's office says it intends to put offthe overdue decision indefinitely.
* The Ingersoll Gender Center, a support organization for transgender people, had its star stolen from the Red Wall of Stars at Capitol Hill's light rail station construction site. The star read, awesomely, "Actually I'm a Planet," and was the only star taken from the public art installation. "I am sad," artist Ilvs Strauss wrote in an e-mail. "And weirdly flattered." Anyone who knows of the star's whereabouts is asked to contact Sound Transit.
BY MAYOR MIKE MCGINN