News roundup: guns, homeless, and the Jungle

 

Crosscut has a great summary of the highlights from yesterday’s #SEAHomeless media-blitz.

Q13, MyNorthwest and Guns.com cover the blowback on the Council’s decision this week to require SPD to destroy surplus guns rather than resell them.

Q13 discusses the Jungle with Mayor Ed Murray.

MyNorthwest reports on public comment from the joint Seattle/King County hearing on humans services, homelessness and the opioid addiction epidemic.

SeattleMet reports on the dubious report delivered by an industry consultant to the Council last week on the topic of secure scheduling.

It’s Time for New Leadership on the Homelessness Crisis

In this gig, I spend far more time reading and listening than I do writing, and over the last several months much of that  time has been spent learning about homelessness and how people are trying to address it. It’s a big, complicated problem, but the way we talk about it and let ourselves get rat-holed in side issues has given it an aura of intractability. Seattle is a city with money, resources, skilled people, and lots and lots of compassion. There is no reason our city can’t make a dent in our homelessness problem. And yet, over the past few years and even with a State of Emergency in place, we haven’t. It’s time for us to admit that what we’re doing isn’t working, that doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is insane, and to change our plan.

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Council doubles down on local broadcast news resolution

Through the time I’ve been writing about the City Council, I’ve developed enormous respect for our nine City Council members. They are, by all measures, dedicated public servants who work long hours and are sincerely trying to do the right thing for Seattle and its citizens. They wrestle with difficult, often seemingly intractable, problems to try to find compassionate solutions that help people. Like the rest of us, they have flaws, they make mistakes, they’re not perfect — and while we should hold them to a high standard, that standard shouldn’t be perfection.

But today I lost some of my respect for several of those City Council members.

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Understanding the 2035 Comprehensive Plan – Transportation

Last Tuesday the Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee heard a presentation on the 2035 Comprehensive Plan’s Transportation section, in one of a series of presentations to various Council committees on the different sections that make up the Plan.

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Resolution on broadcast TV news jobs is an embarrassment

On Wednesday the Council’s Gender Equity, Safe Communities and New Americans Committee considered a resolution proposed by Council members Kshama Sawant and Lisa Herbold that throws its support behind unionized broadcast TV news staff in their contract negotiation with Tegna, the parent company of KING 5. It’s a horrible, indefensible piece of legislation.

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