Seattle Channel has posted the video online from the “City Inside/Out” series featuring the three contenders: Current interim Seattle Police Chief John Diaz (.pdf); Rick Braziel (.pdf), the current chief of police in Sacramento; and Ron Davis (.pdf), the chief of police in East Palo Alto, California. Unlike the forum format, on the show all three candidates participated in a dialogue together rather than speaking and answering questions independently.
Mayor Mike McGinn is expected to make a final decision sometime this month, which will then be subject to City Council approval. Read up on the candidates here.
Mayor Mike McGinn is hosting a community forum on Wednesday, June 2, where the three Seattle Police Chief finalists will discuss their experience and answer questions from the public.
Mayor McGinn began looking for a new police chief back in January, after former Chief Gil Kerlikowske left his post to take a presidentially appointed position as the nation’s Drug Control Policy Director. Narrowing down the list provided by the 26-member Police Chief Search Committee, McGinn has settled on the final three: Rick Braziel (.pdf), the current chief of police in Sacramento; Ron Davis (.pdf), the chief of police in East Palo Alto, California; and Interim Seattle Police Chief John Diaz (.pdf).
The forum will begin at 6 p.m. in Seattle Center’s Rainier Room. It will be moderated by Search Committee Co-Chairman Charles Rolland and will have opening remarks by Mayor McGinn. Each candidate will give a five-minute presentation, followed by a half-hour of discussion, in which audience members are encouraged to submit questions. Various community representatives will also be present with prepared questions for the candidates, and translators will be available to help anyone who needs assistance.
This isn’t in Queen Anne, but it relates to our legislative district and is pretty interesting: Tonight is the Grammas for Ganja public forum in Ballard. The executive director for Grammas for Ganja, Jeanne Black-Ferguson, will be hosting the event which she hopes will raise awareness surrounding marijuana law reform. As an advocate for the use of medical marijuana, 36th District Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles will be attending the event. During this legislative session, Sen. Kohl-Welles sponsored Senate Bill 5798, which passed both the state house and senate and has been delivered to Governor Gregoire’s desk (bill as it passed in the Legislature .pdf.)
During tonight’s public event, Dr. Sunil Aggarwal from the University of Washington will be talking about the medical aspects of Cannabis and Jacqueline Merringer, Manager/Buyer of “Terra Hemp” in Wallingford, a natural fiber clothing and accessory store will speak about the various uses for the plant. 36th District Representative Reuven Carlyle was also invited to attend but his staff has informed us that he cannot make it.
The event will be held tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Ballard House Community Room (2445 NW 57th St.)