Afternoon Jolt: Pot Map Reality Check
The day's winners and losers.
1. Today's losers: Some of the applicants to open legal pot stores in Seattle.
Yesterday, AP reporter Mike Baker posted a Google map of all the potential pot shops that could open in Seattle, tweeting, "If all these pot shops get approved, Seattle residents will have plenty of options."
And there are a ton of applications. However: If you overlay Baker's map with the city's own map of the areas where pot stores are likely to be allowed—under Seattle rules pot stores cannot within 1,000 feet of schools, day cares, parks, and other public facilities—many of the applicants will be out of luck.
For example: A proposed store at 7th and Union in downtown Seattle (Good Patient Network LLC); one at West Mercer and 1st Ave. N. on Lower Queen Anne (Queen Anne Liquor and Wine); and one at N 49th Street and Stone Way in Wallingford (Iconic Inc.) would not be allowed.
Oddly, the map appears to indicate that a proposed pot store at Fourth Ave. S. and S. Lander St., adjacent to Seattle Public Schools' headquarters, is A-OK.
Check out Baker's map here, and the map of areas where the city believes pot stores will be allowed, here.
2. Today's winner: City of Seattle whistleblowers.
The city is adopting new rules to make it easier for whistleblowers to file claims of retaliation by their department heads.
Currently, city employees who report wrongdoing by their coworkers or superiors and experience retailation (like demotions or firings) have to report the retalation to the mayor's office, who in turn reports the employee's claim to the head of their department for investigation—the same person often accused of retaliating against the employee.
Under legislation adopted by a council committtee today, employees claiming retaliation will report their claim directly to the city's Ethics and Elections Commission, taking their bosses out of the equation. It also gives employees the ability to report improper actions by others directly to their bosses, and protects them from retaliation if they do so.
"We've seen a lot of employees who don't have much confidence in [reporting retaliation] to the executive," Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission director Wayne Barnett says. "We're going to bring our independence to bear on the investigation of retaliation complaints."