When you walk through the touristy Pike-Pine corridor in downtown Seattle, it’s hard to miss the smoke shops that pervade the area. On the ground level window display of Smoke Plus, on the busy intersection of Pike and First Ave., there are boxes of cigars, glass pipes of various colors and sizes, and a lineup of grandiose hookah pipes with long coils shoved against each other. A sweet scent permeates the shop’s perimeter that leads down to the basement.
Chamber sues over Seattle law letting Uber drivers unionize
SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, on March 3, sued the city of Seattle over a new law that allows drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to unionize over pay and working conditions.
Seattle lawyer gets 25-year prison term for rapes
By Associated Press Seattle lawyer Danford Grant, who pleaded guilty on May 7 to reduced charges of raping masseuses, was sentenced on May 19 to 25 years in prison. The plea helped Grant avoid a trial that could have earned him up to life in prison. Grant’s victims were all Asian immigrant women who worked […]
Inagi co-chairing diversity committee for Attorney General-elect Bob Ferguson
Candace Inagi, vice president of Asian Pacific Americans for Civic Engagement and Senior Adviser for External Affairs for the Mayor’s office, is co-chairing Attorney General-elect Bob Ferguson’s subcommittee focused on increasing diversity in the AG office and better serving under-served and vulnerable communities. The committee hosted its first meeting on Friday, Dec. 17, with co-chair […]
What a difference a day makes: The City Attorney’s new guidelines aims to protect immigrants from unjust deportation
This past May, the Seattle City Attorney’s office instituted a policy intended to protect noncitizen immigrants from deportation for misdemeanor offenses.