Transit Advocates Launch Campaign to Pass Seattle Transit Plan

On the heels of the Seattle City Council’s vote this afternoon to place a Seattle transit measure on the November 4 general election ballot, a coalition of transit supporters announced today that they are launching Yes for Seattle Transit, a campaign to pass the Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition 1 plan.

If approved, the Council-approved plan will fund Metro Transit service within Seattle city limits and along key inter-city routes, preventing many of the looming deep service cuts planned within the city due to King County Metro funding shortfalls.

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Two women rushed to Swedish Hospital after possible hazmat exposure

Over sixteen Seattle Fire Department units have been dispatched to a hazardous material report at Keller Supply and Company at 3209 17th Ave. W. in Interbay.

Two women were exposed to something that caused them to have a rash and one to vomit after fainting.

The women were rushed to Swedish Hospital on Cherry Hill in basic life support condition.

Scott Yurczyk, Battalion Chief with Seattle Fire Department, said that no other people in the building experienced medical effects. Furthermore there was no indication to what caused the reaction because there were no reports of fire or a chemical scent.

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Mayor Ed Murray hires Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Director

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today announced Cuc Vu as his choice to lead the City’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA).

“I hope to establish Seattle as a leader in immigrant and refugee integration and create an environment that welcomes the participation and engagement of immigrants and refugees in all areas of Seattle,” said Murray. “Cuc is the perfect choice to lead the office, as her experience on immigrant and refugee issues is bolstered by her passion for equity and equality, working for two decades on some of the most important civil rights issues of our time, including the rights of workers, women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”

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