Given today’s existential debate on the Navigation Team, I thought it would be useful to have a timeline for it, extending from its creation in early 2017 to the present day.
This morning the City Council began discussing in earnest its competing ideas for changes to next year’s budget for the homelessness response, following its first conversation two weeks ago. Much of the time was taken up with one question: what to do with the Navigation Team. And it’s clear that the Council is nowhere near consensus.
So much election coverage this morning.
Largely I’ve tried to stay above the fray of the City Council elections, but yesterday was an important milestone: three weeks out from Election Day, the fourteen City Council candidates and the registered PACs all were required to file a campaign finance summary (a “Form C-4” report). I scraped the numbers (well, three important ones), and here’s a glimpse of their fundraising and expenditure numbers — and perhaps more significantly, how much cash they are set to spend over the next 21 days.
The whole city seems to be talking about the upcoming elections, as Amazon drops a ton of cash into a PAC.
This afternoon, Judge James Robart issued an order authorizing the City of Seattle to proceed with its proposal to assess its police accountability system and formulate a methodology to achieve compliance under the 2012 Consent Decree.
Lots of election news again this morning… I suspect the next three weeks are going to be like this.
First, let me echo Council member Gonzalez’s comments this morning in congratulating Council member Teresa Mosqueda on the birth of her daughter!
This morning the Council members interviewed the two dozen or so youths who were nominated for city commission and board positions through the Get Engaged! program, and this afternoon the Council voted to approve their nominations.
On a related note, Council members Herbold and Bagshaw noted that there is no parallel program for seniors, and they hoped that next year a “Stay Engaged!” program might be created by the Council.
This Thursday, Council member Sawant will hold a public hearing at 5pm in Council Chambers for her proposed ordinance expanding opportunities for tiny home villages and sanctioned encampments in the city.
Council member Bagshaw circulated a calendar for the next round of budget discussions that kick off on Wednesday, focused on discussing issues that the Council members have raised with the Mayor’s proposed budget. See my separate post on this.
Council member Pacheco highlighted that as part of the celebration of the city’s 150th birthday this year, he will be participating in a City History Trivia Night on October 24th at Fremont Dock Bar and Grill.
This morning, Budget Chair Sally Bagshaw circulated a schedule of topics for the budget “issue identification” hearings schedule for this week and early next week.
It’s Columbus Day, and Indigenous People’s Day. Today is an excellent opportunity to reflect, regardless of your preferred world-view.
Now here’s the news.