News roundup: SODO Arena, housing, Uber, and a BIA

Coverage of the SODO Arena street vacation debate and discussion of affordable housing top this morning’s news coverage.

KBND, KPLU, KING5, Seattle Times, and the Tacoma Weekly all report on the ongoing debate as to whether to grant Chris Hansen a street vacation in order to build the proposed SODO Arena.  Also, Curbed covers the arena’s connection with the long-proposed Lander Street overpass.

MyNorthwest looks at housing discrimination against low-income renters using various forms of housing assistance to pay their rent.

Crosscut reports on how the Mayor is funding the homeless response through the sale of a city-owned property — and how Council member Lisa Herbold is trying to put the brakes on one of those lots that represent all-too-rare open space in West Seattle.

Real Change ran an op-ed piece by Council member Herbold on her proposals for affordable housing preservation.

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog covers the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce’s goals for a Business Improvement Area.

Re/Code reports on Uber’s settlement of lawsuits in California and Massachusetts that gain drivers some additional benefits and protections — while avoiding a court determination as to whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors.

The Stranger and The C is for Crank cover SEIU’s filing of a voter initiative to pay for staffing up the Office of Labor Standards.