Monday, May 20, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 42 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




 

 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, October 16, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 42
City Council candidate Jon Grant charges developer with blackmail plan
Mayor Murray says City will cut ties with Triad Capital
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
City Council candidate Jon Grant charges developer with blackmail plan
Mayor Murray says City will cut ties with Triad Capital

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The District 3 City Council race between Kshama Sawant and Pamela Banks isn't the only one generating drama.

District 8 candidate Jon Grant has charged a major downtown developer with trying to blackmail him.

Brett Allen, a senior vice president at Triad Capital Partners, approached Grant at an October 10 campaign event, the candidate told the Seattle Times, and asked him to help settle a lawsuit with the Tenant's Union of Washington, where Grant had been executive director.

In return for his help, Grant says he was told, Triad Capital would shut down an independent expenditure campaign that was preparing to spend big money to defeat him.

Allen also texted former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, asking him to put pressure on Grant to comply. McGinn also released the text message to the Seattle Times.

Grant's campaign manager, John Wyble, told the Times he'd never seen 'this kind of blatant intimidation before,' in spite of being active in local politics for 20 years.

'I think there's some desperation with this development company and they've lost sight of their ethics,' he said.

The Tenants Union suit challenges Triad's signature Civic Square development between Third and Fourth Avenues at Cherry Street. City officials illegally renewed Triad's use permit for the site, the suit charges.

If Triad does not make progress on its development at the plum downtown site - which they can't without a current city use permit - they stand to lose rights to develop the property, so big money is at stake.

Mayor Ed Murray said he was 'extremely disappointed by these questionable actions' and said the City would cut its ties with the developer as soon as possible.

'They do not represent the values of our city,' Murray added. 'Seattle expects and deserves better.'

Allen, meanwhile apologized for the 'inappropriate' text to McGinn, but said his remarks to Grant were totally innocent.

'For [Grant] to try to spin this into something it's not, at least it's consistent,' Allen told the Seattle Times. 'The misinformation, the outright fabrications and lies he's told to the media. This is consistent with that.'

Triad CEO Fred Grimm said he'd fired Allen.

'These actions were not authorized nor in line with our values or the long-standing history of this company,' Grimm wrote in a statement. 'We severed ties with that employee yesterday. As for the Position 8 City Council race, we have not contributed to either candidate or to an independent expenditure.'

City Council District 8 is one of two at-large positions set up under the new district election law. The race pits Grant, a veteran affordable housing advocate, against incumbent City Council member Tim Burgess.

The independent expenditure campaign that was used to threaten Grant is named 'Seattle Needs Ethical Leaders' and is registered with the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission.

Its spokesman, Jason Bennett, described it as a pro-Burgess and anti-Grant committee and said it could raise some $200,000. By law, independent expenditure campaigns must not coordinate their efforts with candidates' campaigns, and no allegations have been made against Burgess in this affair.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Seattle's End AIDS Walk
------------------------------
Kroger OKs Trans-inclusive health care benefits for employees
------------------------------
Texas court recognizes same-sex common law marriage
------------------------------
SOSea raises over $3,000 at annual gala; awards leadership in community
------------------------------
SEAMEC announces endorsements
------------------------------
Calvary Lutheran Church to display section of AIDS Quilt in Federal Way
------------------------------
City Council candidate Jon Grant charges developer with blackmail plan
Mayor Murray says City will cut ties with Triad Capital

------------------------------
37th District Democrats drama: Ethics Commission rejects charges, Dems admit improprieties but refuse to change endorsement
------------------------------
SGN takes part in pioneering national journalism effort documenting LGBT history
------------------------------
Judge to Kentucky governor: Tell me Rowan County marriage licenses are valid
------------------------------
No communion for you!
Newark Archbishop denies sacraments to equality supporters

------------------------------
LGBT History Month: Dick Leitsch: History is unavoidable
------------------------------
Swiss dismiss hate speech charge against Catholic bishop, LGBT groups appeal
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1707 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News 2015 - DigitalTeamWorks 2015

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News