Friday, March 1, 2013

Meow! Public Cat Fight Between Mayor and City Attorney Continues

Posted by on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 1:04 PM

If you haven't tuned into As City Hall Turns this week, on Monday, City Attorney Pete Holmes denied Mayor Mike McGinn's request to step off from negotiations between the City and the court-appointed monitor tasked with overseeing the reformation of our excessively forceful police department. (McGinn basically accused Holmes of dealing unethically with the court monitor. Holmes stridently denies acting unethically.)

And now this very uncomfortable public fight continues! Yesterday, McGinn appeared on KIRO radio (fun starts at 2:09) to discuss his issues with Holmes.

"There's a fundamental disagreement over what's the role of the city attorney," McGinn said on the radio yesterday. "This has been an ongoing issue." McGinn then referenced a few alcohol-related invoices the court monitor's team initially charged the city. "Our budget office informed our city attorney that these were improper charges and he approved the bill. Now, we're still trying to figure out if we've gotten paid back yet. There's a bigger issue here, the real issue, is what's the role of an elected city attorney? Does he have independent policy making authority?"

Now, fresh from my inbox:

Contrary to Mayor Mike McGinn’s assertion Thursday on KIRO Radio, City Attorney Pete Holmes never approved or sanctioned payment for any alcohol charges that appeared on invoices submitted by the team that is charged with monitoring the reform of the Seattle Police Department for U.S. District Judge James L. Robart.

Before the Monitoring Team submitted its first monthly invoice for November 2012, the City Attorney’s Office informed it that alcohol was not reimbursable under City policy. On the few occasions when alcohol purchased with meals was included on the invoice submitted for December 2012, the invoices were resubmitted without the alcohol charges. The alcohol-related charges submitted for December 2012 (and later removed) were $22.50 plus tax for four drinks and $5.99 for a corkscrew.

As team members began their work in Seattle, the CAO and the City Budget Office educated them about City guidelines on expense reimbursement. That process was more complicated than usual because the team is renting an apartment to save the City money on hotels. Setting up the apartment involved the purchase of certain household items and services—such as linens and cable television—that would not normally appear on contractor invoices because these types of charges would be included in the price of a hotel room. The Monitoring Team has cooperated in this process, and both the team and the City are working to improve the invoice submittal and review process going forward.

Yeesh, guys. This sounds like a job for couple's counseling.


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seandr 1
This sounds like a job for couple's counseling.

And the advice would be to dump Mike McGinn.
Posted by seandr on March 1, 2013 at 1:17 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 2
Let me know when someone wakes up from a dream and finds out Paul Schell is still mayor or there is a huge shooting at one of the staff's high priced weddings to the heir to a made up kingdom.

THEN it will be worth watching.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on March 1, 2013 at 1:19 PM · Report this
Pick1 3
Would you two just fuck and get it over with? GOD!
Posted by Pick1 on March 1, 2013 at 1:19 PM · Report this
McGinn has been an objectively terrible mayor.

While he likes bikes, and says the right buzzwords for you prolly to lap up like dogs, he's an unimpressive unintelligent unemployable unkept shit heel. Have you seen his house? It's a fucking junkyard. Not to mention that until he got elected on the no tunnel ticket (which he blew like a cheap whore) he was unemployed and virtually useless.
Posted by McGinn makes Seattle liberals look retarded on March 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM · Report this
gttrgst 5
This sounds like a job for couple's counseling... with soundtrack by Metallica starting with Bad Seed.

At the mercy
Cat is out
Drop through the sky
Spit it up, spit it out

And now what you've all been waiting for
We give you he who suffers the truth.
Posted by gttrgst on March 1, 2013 at 2:41 PM · Report this
If McGinn had been a better mayor and instituted real police reforms on his own, we probably wouldn't even have a court appointed monitor...
Posted by kanoxolom on March 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM · Report this
Storbaker 7
Holmes should stop this acting on his own and continuing to cozy up to Mr. Bobb (who frankly sounds like a bit of a diva if you ask me - with his fancy pillow cases and complaints about having to itemize reimbursements).

I wonder what Holmes' motive is. Is he trying to make Mr. Bobb seem like less of a hiring mistake by helping him cheat on his homework and letting him turn it in late?
Posted by Storbaker on March 1, 2013 at 10:24 PM · Report this

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