Nearly 7,000 same-sex couples in Washington are getting married in three months — like it or not. The state has begun to phase out domestic partnerships as a result of the marriage equality law, which states that all same-sex couples will be converted to marriage on June 30, says KUOW.
The Secretary of State’s office has alerted all domestic partners to the impending change, hoping to ensure that couples have enough time to dissolve their partnership if they want to avoid the technicality of marriage. “We don’t want any couples to be caught off-guard when their partnership is changed into marriage,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman in a news release early last month. — M.C.
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Bellevue names city manager finalists
Update 4:30 p.m. Bellevue has named four finalists to become the city manager. One of the four candidates is the acting city manager, Brad Miyake. He's held the post since May, shortly after the departure of longtime manager Steve Sarkozy. The public is invited to a reception for the four candidates from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at City Hall. (Details on the candidates and the event are here.) The city council will choose the new city manager, possibly as early as Monday. — J.C.
Bellevue goes mobile
Smartphone users can now have the whole city of Bellevue at their fingertips thanks to a new mobile app called MyBellevue. The app lets users enter service requests, read city news, search for job openings and access the city’s social media pages. It aims to make accessing city information easier in our ever-changing technological world.
“People can still ask for help by phone or online,” said Toni Cramer, Bellevue's chief information officer, in a news release, “but this makes service and information as easy to access as possible via whatever is the most comfortable and convenient way for folks living, working and visiting here.”
Perhaps the city of Seattle will take note and further integrate its city apps. Seattle’s Find It, Fix It app, for instance, allows users to submit service requests, but users have to look to other city apps for news and event features.
You can download MyBellevue — for free — from the Apple App Store, Google Play and Blackberry World. It will soon be available in the Microsoft Window Store. — M.C.
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