The Daily Troll: Marriage conversion deadline coming. More aid sought for Oso. Who's that looming along Elliott Bay?

Bellevue government: One convenient app.

Domestic partnerships 

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.

Oso update

Gov. Jay Inslee has approached President Barack Obama with an additional request for federal disaster assistance in the wake of the Oso slide. The latest request involves help clearing debris and other emergency response measures. On Monday, Inslee asked Obama for money to help provide housing for people who lost their homes, to replace personal property, and defray transportation costs, medical and funeral expenses. Federal dollars would also provide unemployment insurance for people who lost jobs due to the slide and for crisis counseling.The latest death toll is 27; 22 are still missing. Preliminary state and federal  assessments put the mudslide-related damage at $32.1 million. — J.S.

Olympic Sculpture Park

A 46-foot-tall face of a girl will be looming over Puget Sound shortly as the newest installation at the Olympic Sculpture Park. The white fiberglass resin sculpture named “Echo” is the work of Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. According to MyNorthwest, the statue is based on the 9-year-old daughter of a restaurant owner near Plensa’s Barcelona home. “Echo” was originally located in Madison Square Park in New York City in 2011. A time-lapse video of that installation can be seen below. — M.C.
 
 

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.

 

Joe Copeland is political editor for Crosscut. You can reach him at Joe.Copeland@crosscut.com.

John Stang is a longtime Inland Northwest newspaper reporter who earned a Masters of Communications in Digital Media degree at the University of Washington. He can be reached by writing editor@crosscut.com.

Mackenzie Ciesa is an editorial intern for Crosscut and a graduate of the University of Washington's journalism program. When she’s not busy writing, she enjoys seeing live music and wistfully wishing it was football season.


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