News roundup: Airbnb, homeless, and more

Lots going on today. Homeless encampments for RV’s, criticism of the city’s sweeps of unauthorized encampments, and potential regulation of Airbnb top the list.

Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, and KIRO┬áreport on Airbnb’s release of an “economic impact report” suggesting how much the company contributes to the Seattle economy.

KING5 has an interview with new Council member Rob Johnson.

The Stranger reports that the ACLU has asked the City of Seattle to stop sweeps of unauthorized homeless encampments. Real Change also critiques the process.

Seattlish reports on the City Council’s approval of RV encampments. MyNorthwest reports that the local police officer guild president thinks many of the “homeless RV’s” are driving local crime.

The Seattle P-I reports on Council member Mike O’Brien’s attendance of the recent Ballard District Council meeting.

Q13 reports on Wednesday night’s Seattle School Board meeting in which the potential for closing before- and after-school care programs was considered because of overcrowding in the schools.

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reports that the First Hill Streetcar will have a “soft launch” this Saturday, and SDOT director Scott Kubly will brief the Council’s Sustainability and Transportation committee this afternoon.