Friday news roundup

Things to distract you from what’s happening today in the other Washington.

Seattle Times and Crosscut report on the lawsuit that the ACLU filed against the City of Seattle and WSDOT over homeless encampment sweeps.

Seattle Weekly looks at Council member Rob Johnson’s efforts to drive forward the rezone of the U District.

SeattleMet looks at the race for City Council Position 8.

Erica C. Barnett  discusses how the HALA planning process went wrong.

Lexology looks at Seattle’s role in driving forward thinking on portable benefits.

The Urbanist looks at Council member Sawant’s sparring with state House Republicans over commercial rent control.