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American lands and new top cops at sold-out Civic Cocktail, Feb. 7

The sold-out February Civic Cocktail will go behind the headlines with a closer look at a milestone in local police reform and a Trump administration proposal for oil and gas drilling off Washington’s coastline.

Joining host Joni Balter are former CEO of REI and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and new leaders in local law enforcement: King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht and Interim Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best.

We will live stream the conversation on our website and Facebook, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave.

Gov. Jay Inslee has requested a meeting with U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to make a case for protecting Washington’s waters. Jewell will discusses drilling, conservation, land use, climate change and much more.

A federal judge ruled Jan. 10 that Seattle’s police department is in “full and effective compliance” with court-ordered reforms imposed on the city more than five years ago. The city and the department will now begin a two-year monitoring period. Johanknecht and Best will discuss their new positions, police-community relations and their priorities in 2018.

Civic Cocktail will premiere on Seattle Channel (cable 21), 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, and will also be available online.

Civic Cocktail — presented in partnership with Seattle CityClub — offers a night of networking, civic conversation, Tom Douglas appetizers and a no-host bar. Thanks to media sponsors KUOW and Crosscut.