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Seattle-Area Nominees in The News

By Ed O'Keefe
Gil Kerlikowske
Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske (right) is reportedly in line to serve as Obama's "drug czar."

A loyal Eye reader based in the Emerald City has passed on a few local news items on one definite and one still-unconfirmed Obama nominee.

King County Executive Ron Sims, nominated last week to serve as deputy secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has proposed his hometown fight global warming by cutting carbon emissions from new development by 15 percent or more.

"If the ordinance is approved by the Metropolitan King County Council, the county would be among the first jurisdictions in the nation to require substantial reductions in carbon emissions from new buildings," reports the Seattle Times.

"In an age of global warming, we all have to do our part to reduce the carbon released into the atmosphere and we need to prepare for the impacts we already know are coming," Sims said.

Meanwhile, Seattle City Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske has reportedly been tapped to serve as "drug czar," or director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

"Many local people expected that Kerlikowske would be chosen for a federal post, but were surprised by this appointment, saying he rarely speaks on drug enforcement, unlike his platforms on gun control and community policing," reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

"But last fall, they said, Kerlikowske began working on drug-policy reforms for street users in certain neighborhoods. He recently gave his blessing to a pilot program in drug-plagued Belltown for officers to send drug users to treatment or job centers instead of jail. He gave his support to similar programs already operating in Rainier Beach and Madison Valley."

The P-I's editorial board writes today that Kerlikowske would be "an excellent addition" to the Obama administration, because he "would bring candor, progressive views and experience to discussions of the nation's long-running, long-failed war on drugs. As a former deputy director in the Justice Department and president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, Kerlikowske is well prepared to address national issues as the president's expected nominee as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy."

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By Ed O'Keefe  | February 12, 2009; 1:20 PM ET
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I was hoping Obama would finally end this "czar" idiocy, but especially as it pertains to drugs.

Posted by: gpsman | February 12, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

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