Saturday morning news roundup: election, budget, parental leave, jail

Election coverage continues, and discussion of the 2016 city budget is ramping up.

The big election news is that the District 1 race has now flipped, with Lisa Herbold holding a paper-thin 27-vote lead. The Stranger, Seattle P-I, Crosscut.

In preparation for this Monday’s budget committee meeting, in which the city council members will vote on specific proposals, lobbying is in full swing. The Stranger has an article about paid parental leave, and how to pay for extending it to 12 weeks as King County is poised to do. KING 5 also has coverage.

The Stranger also has coverage of the ongoing debate over whether to use the city’s “rainy day” funds to deal with the homelessness emergency, and why the Mayor is against it. In short: declaring an emergency was needed to get state and federal funds, and if Seattle looks like it can pay for it all itself, the city is less likely to get such funds.

The West Seattle Herald is lobbying for citizens to push the City Council to support a list of proposed transportation projects.

There also is discussion of whether the City Council will allow inmates to be sent to the Snohomish County Jail in Everett to serve their time. Seattle Times, MyEverettNews