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Seattle residents can be fined for putting food in garbage

The City Council has passed a new ordinance to impose a $1 fine if more than 10 percent of the trash is food or other compostables. Officials said they expect to issue few fines but want to remind people of proper disposal practices. 

SEATTLE TIMES

How Seattle's bus service could expand with November vote

A better financial picture at Metro Transit could allow Seattle to do more than just preserve its existing service with money from a proposal on the city's general election ballot.

KIRO-TV

Editorial: Hold City Council accountable for Woodland Park Zoo elephants

The Times Editorial Board writes, "While the Seattle City Council can now raise property taxes without a vote of the people, it no longer has an excuse to duck one of the biggest questions about the future of the parks — what to do about the elephants at the Woodland Park Zoo?

SEATTLE TIMES

Seattle Zoo euthanizes its only African elephant

Keepers found Watoto suffering from an unexpected illness and her health was declining quickly, officials said. It's the second elephant death there in less than a decade.

SEATTLEPI.COM

SPD's pot-ticket specialist returns to the force

Chief O'Toole says the officer has apologized for his use of a coin flip to decide on who he would ticket.

SEATTLE TIMES

Judge orders design review for microhousing

In a ruling involving one development, the judge says the city of Seattle has clearly engaged in erroneous counting of the units. 

CAPITOL HILL SEATTLE

Developers attack Seattle's affordable-housing incentives

Two prominent Seattle developers are taking legal action against city zoning rules that require them to build affordable housing to be allowed to erect downtown buildings to the maximum heights. 

PUBLICOLA

Prominent pastor, Sandy Brown, leaning toward Seattle City Council run

First, though, he's walking across Italy, working on a guide book regarding St. Francis.

SEATTLEPI.COM

One officer has written almost all pot tickets

Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole has launched an internal investigation into the tickets for public smoking of marijuana, usually written only where poor people and minorities congregate.

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