1. Last Tuesday's primary results looked promising for Democrats. In the Ninth Congressional District, Democrat Sarah Smith will face 11-term incumbent Adam Smith in the November general election—the first time in the district that both candidates advancing are Democrats.
Other Republican incumbents are in trouble, including fourth-ranking Republican House member Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Eastern Washington and Jaime Herrera Beutler in Southwest Washington. Kim Schrier maintained her second-place lead in the high-profile Eighth Congressional District race against Jason Rittereiser.
U.S. senator Maria Cantwell competed against 28 other candidates in her reelection bid, but she still received a majority of the votes. And in the state legislature, the GOP was at risk of losing four Senate seat and 15 House seats.
2. A ground service agent stole a plane off the tarmac and crashed it into Ketron Island at SeaTac International Airport on Friday night. The Seattle Times reported that Richard Russell, an employee of Horizon, flew the stolen jet for about an hour and a half before crashing it into the woods near Steilacoom in Pierce County. The incident prompted concerns over how Russell could steal a plane from one of the busiest airports in the country.
3. KUOW reported that six more women have come forward and accused David Meinert of sexual misconduct and assault, a total of 11. All six women used their full names in the article and included a Seattle Times food critic and an employee of Strategies 360, the same public relations firm representing Meinert. None of the women reported their encounters to police.
Since the original story broke, Meinert no longer has a stake in Lost Lake Cafe, The Comet Tavern, Grim's, and the restaurant group Guild Seattle. Meinert did not respond to the new allegations.
4. Efforts to save the Showbox continued last week when city council members in committee approved a bill that extends the Pike Place Market Historical District to the Showbox temporarily. Council members on Monday passed the legislation, which essentially protects the music hall for 10 months while the city figures out a longterm plan.
5. A Seattle City Council committee approved Carmen Best's nomination to be the next Seattle police chief, and the full council made it official on Monday.
Best, the interim chief and former deputy chief under Kathleen O'Toole, was originally left out of the final round; she was brought back as a candidate after community members were outraged and a finalist withdrew his application. She will be the city's first person of color as a police chief.
6. A federal judge ruled that a legal challenge to the $1 per day wages paid to immigrants at the Tacoma detention center can proceed as a class action lawsuit. Washington state's minimum wage is $11.50 per hour while ICE's detention standards list $1 per day as the minimum amount to be paid to detainees in a work program.
7. A report released from the city shows that people of color are underrepresented among top-level positions, and women are underrepresented at all levels. The report comes from efforts by mayor Jenny Durkan and her administration to respond to harassment and discrimination claims in the city government.
8. Law enforcement raided Belltown's Foundation Nightclub and seized guns, cash, and several drugs including a "date-rape" drug. Seattle police and Homeland Security agents arrested 12 people after the months-long undercover investigation. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board suspended the night club's liquor license.
9. Crosscut reported on the debate surrounding the University of Washington's expansion and the city's power over the institution. The UW estimates that in the next 10 years, the Seattle campus will increase to more than 80,000, up from 72,523 today. The university wants to build 6 million square feet of new classrooms, offices, housing already within the current campus.
Now it's up to the city council to decide whether the university has to change its master plan based on recommendations from the Seattle Department of Constructions and Inspections.
10. Problems with the city's new online system for construction permits, inspections, and complaints has set builders' projects back by weeks or months. The Seattle Times reported that the new online system cost $14 million and repeatedly stalled and lost permits in its rollout. Between April and May, the number of permit applications completing initial review dropped by 75 percent.
The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections plans to create a customer service team to handle complaints and problems about the new system.