Thursday Jolt: Brett Phillips' Green Sweep
Today's winner: 36th District state house candidate Brett Phillips.
Phillips, one of five Democratic candidates running to succeed retiring state Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson in Seattle's 36th District, completed an impressive sweep of environmental endorsements today with a sole endorsement from Washington Conservation Voters, a statewide environmental group.
Phillips, who works as head of sustainable development for Unico Properties , has also received sole endorsements in the crowded race from the Cascade chapter of the Sierra Club and the Cascade Bicycle Club, as well as Earth Day founder and Bullitt foundation president Denis Hayes.
Today's second (potential) winner: Police accountability
KOMO TV reports that Mayor Mike McGinn and the Department of Justice are nearing an agreement on police reforms that would prevent a DOJ lawsuit against the city.
The city and the feds have been an impasse over DOJ's proposed reforms, which McGinn insisted would cost too much and which the feds insisted were the only way to fix Seattle's biased, violent, and unaccountable policing system.
McGinn spokesman Aaron Pickus tells PubliCola, "We don’t have anything new to say outside of the joint statement we’ve been releasing with the DOJ for the past week: 'The City and the Department of Justice are engaged in extensive and detailed discussions. Those discussions are ongoing.'”
We have a call out to city council member Bruce Harrell, chair of the city council's public safety committee.