Second lawsuit alleges city broke open-meetings law
Jul. 05, 2018
SEATTLE (AP) — An activist behind a second lawsuit alleging Seattle city officials broke the state's open-meetings law when they repealed a head tax on businesses has proposed his own settlement offer to the city.
The Seattle Times reports perpetual public-records litigant Arthur West quietly filed his lawsuit against the city June 14 — the same day that Seattle-based attorney James Egan sued the city over the same issue.
City Attorney Pete Holmes' office said it wasn't aware of the suit until receiving a letter from West's lawyer Monday that detailed West's offer to drop his pursuit of fines or legal costs if the city acknowledges it broke the law.
West said he made the offer after learning that Holmes had made an offer to settle Egan's lawsuit by paying $4,001 to cover any civil penalties for breaking the law but the city would not admit wrongdoing.
Holmes' office is reviewing their options.