The Seattle Police Department’s purchase of software to allow surveillance of social media tops the headlines this morning.
This afternoon the Human Services and Public Health Committee took up the pending ordinance rewriting the city’s protocols on removing homeless encampments. The effort is running behind schedule, but the key issues are coming into focus.
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.
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.
The Council’s vote on Monday to lower speed limits tops the news this morning.
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.
The Mayor’s speech unveiling his 2017-2018 budget proposal grabbed the headlines this morning.
(Updated 9/28 8:00pm. See below)
Whew. Well that happened.
Here are my notes from the weekly Council Briefing session, in which the Council members tell each other what’s going on.
In advance of the Mayor’s speech rolling out his 2017-2018 budget proposal, there’s a little bit of everything in the local news this morning.