News roundup: homeless sweeps, commercial rent control

KING5,  Erica Barnett, and NPR report on the Council’s consideration of changes to how the city deals with unsanctioned homeless encampments.

Seattle Times and Crosscut cover a task force convened by the Mayor that has come out publicly against commercial rent control.

GeekWire reports on backlash against the Seattle Police Department’s use of high-tech surveillance tools.

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog discusses the pending legislation to cap move-in fees for tenants.

The Stranger looks at the recent ordinance passed that reduces speed limits.

Seattle Weekly reports on the Mayor’s proposed budget, and interviews former Mayor Mike McGinn on Council member Kshama Sawant’s push for 1000 units of affordable housing.

Move-in fees legislation: you’re doing it wrong

Yesterday’s hearing on Council member Sawant’s proposed legislation, capping move-in fees and requiring landlords to let tenants pay those fees by installment, was a parody of the legislative process. It undermined her credibility, and that of the other Council members who participated.

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Understanding the Seattle city budget, part 1: just cut to the chase

This is the first in a multi-part series of articles on the Seattle city budget. Quite frankly, I have no idea how many parts there will be in this series. The Mayor’s proposed budget is over 1600 pages, and I’ve barely scratched the surface, so I don’t yet know what I’ll find as I dig in. Plus, the Council hasn’t even begun their work on modifying it, and I have no idea how many articles will need to be written about that process over the next eight weeks. So bear with me as we walk this path together; I promise you it will be worth it.

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