Q&A: City Attorney Pete Holmes on Deciphering What Trump Policies Mean for Seattle

“On January 25, Trump issued this executive order vowing to yank federal funds from cities that refuse to hand over undocumented immigrants for deportation, and local politicians have remained steadfast in their message that Seattle will remain a sanctuary. Mayor Ed Murray said he is willing to risk “every penny.”

But in determining what the true consequences will be, officials like city attorney Pete Holmes are navigating murky waters, further clouded by unfettered presidential tweets. So they’re looking for answers. As announced at Murray’s State of the City …

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City Inside/Out: Marijuana Lounges


Recreational marijuana is legal in Washington state, but it’s illegal to use it publicly. Advocates are now asking our state Legislature to let cities legalize “consumption lounges” where patrons could use pot socially without breaking the law. A plus for pot tourism or a public safety hazard? Should pot parlors go to a public vote? Both sides weigh in.

On the show:
Vicki Christophersen, Exec. Director, WA CannaBusiness Association
Pete Holmes, Seattle City Attorney
Yusuf Kabdi, Somali Community Leader
Daryl King, Owner, Bacon Mansion B&B Cmdr.
Pat Slack, Snohomish Co. Regional …

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Seattle leaders promise to fight immigration executive order

SEATTLE – Seattle City leaders are promising to fight back against President Trump’s immigration related Executive Orders issues Wednesday, including one that takes aim at so-called Sanctuary cities.

The new administration’s action promises to strip federal grant money from cities that harbor illegal immigrants.

“This is the darkest day in immigration history in America since the internment of the Japanese Americans since the Second World War. Mr. President, I have a message for you. Seattle has been here before, we’ve experienced this dark history before and we …

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Pete Holmes weighs in on Trump administration response to City’s drug policies

Holmes describes [recently nominated Attorney General Jeff] Sessions as a “do the crime, serve the time” type of prosecutor, and says “I’ve not had a high degree of regard for him. … Candidate Trump himself said we’re going to return to ‘Law and Order.’ I’m not sure if he knows what that means, but that has a long history which is ‘lock ‘em up.’ There’s not a lot of patience for nuance or stopping and reflecting.”

Read more by visiting Crosscut’s original article.

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City asks federal judge to step into Seattle police labor dispute tied to reforms

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has asked the federal judge overseeing court-ordered police reforms to step into a labor dispute with the Police Department’s management union, saying the conflict could have a “material effect” on the timing of proposed accountability measures.

In a request filed Tuesday evening, the city asked U.S. District Judge James Robart to hold a hearing to clarify the impact of an unfair-labor-practice complaint filed Oct. 20 by the Seattle Police Management Association (SPMA), which represents 74 captains and lieutenants.

If Robart agrees to …

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One Man’s Fight to Free His Son from America’s Incarceration Addiction

Despite [the best efforts of father Bill Austin], it appeared that Nathan would soon be the property of Colorado’s Department of Corrections. Unless a miracle happened.

That miracle arrived in the form of an odd coupling of a maverick City Attorney from Seattle who once instructed his subordinates to not prosecute marijuana smokers prior to legalization, and a straight-laced Assistant District Attorney in one of Colorado’s most conservative bastions.

“Bill is the persistent widow,” Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes says from his Columbia Tower office on a recent …

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Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes endorses I-873 Anti Police Brutality Initiative

In his second term as Seattle City Attorney,  Pete Holmes already had a history of police review and advocacy.  Pete Holmes review of police started with his appointment in 2002 by City Council as an original member of SPD’s first civilian oversight body, the OPA – Office of Professional Accountability Review Board and served as the departments chair from 2003 to 2008. In his first actions as City Attorney in 2010 Pete dismissed all pending marijuana possession cases and the following year became a primary sponsor of Initiative 502 which …

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Seattle Police Reform Work Moves Forward

A Federal Judge said Monday that substantial progress has been made within the Seattle police department. It was more than four years ago, that the department was accused of unconstitutional policing. Tiosozenquita . Back then the Justice Department said SPD engaged in a pattern or practice of using unnecessary or excessive force.

City Attorney Pete Holmes said out of 9,300 crisis incidents this year, 149 had reportable use of force and most of it was low level force. Holmes says that is a big …

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Pete Holmes sues Monsanto over chemical discharge cleanup costs

Facing hundreds of millions of dollars in lawsuits, the giant biotechnology company Monsanto last year received a legislative gift from the House of Representatives, a one-paragraph addition to a sweeping chemical safety bill that could help shield it from legal liability for a toxic chemical only it made.

“Call me a dreamer, but I wish for a Congress that would help cities with their homeless crises instead of protecting multinational corporations that poison our environment,” said Pete Holmes, the city attorney for Seattle, one of six cities …

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