by Michael Sarko
- The Capitol Hill Times -
Some campaign promises are more concrete than others. Way back in early 2013 when City Councilmember Kshama Sawant announced her campaign to unseat Richard Conlin, she promised her supporters that she would only take an average Seattle worker’s wage and donate the rest of the $117,000 per year City Council salary. This week, Sawant made good on that promise, establishing her Solidarity Fund that will filter donations to various causes. Her first two donations are a $500 gift to community organization Puget Sound SAGE, and a $15,000 donation to the 15Now campaign to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.
The Seattle Police Department and the Search Committee for the new SPD Chief are looking for community input. The Garfield Community Center will host an outreach event on Wednesday, January 29 at 6 p.m. If you can’t make it to that event, the downtown meeting will be at the same time on February 6 at Seattle City Hall.
The City of Seattle is cracking down on unauthorized signage. The City Attorney’s Office has filed suit against Total Outdoor, a company that sells signage that violates the “on-premise businesses only” law. Several signs are listed in the suit and more could be on the slate soon. The law specifically concerns using on-premise signs to advertise goods or services not related to the on-premise business in exchange for large amounts of advertising money.