by Michael Sarko
- The Capitol Hill Times -
Delighting the hyphen keys on the keyboards of news reporters throughout the city, Ed Murray is now officially the mayor of Seattle, after two months of being the mayor-elect. Mayor Murray was inaugurated along with new City Councilmember Kshama Sawant at a packed City Hall ceremony on Monday. The two newbies hit the ground running with the next stage in an ongoing discussion about raising the minimum wage in Seattle.
The protests at Eastside Catholic High School are about to go beyond the student parking lot. The protesters, mostly students from the school, have been demonstrating against the firing of Vice Principal Mark Zmuda, who was let go late in 2013 after staff at the school discovered he had married his same-sex partner. The students have called for a nationwide “Z-Day” protest on January 31, asking supporters of Zmuda and others in similar positions to wear orange in solidarity.
Some lawmakers in Olympia want to take away liquor licenses from stores that suffer from theft. Representative Christopher Hurst of Enumclaw plans to introduce a bill into the Washington State House of Representatives that would expand the powers of the Liquor Control Board to police stores that report liquor theft, and strip them of their licenses to sell if they can’t reign in the loss. As of today, the Northwest Grocery Association has taken no position on this bill.