Wednesday news roundup: Uber union law blocked

Topping the news this morning is yesterday’s ruling by a federal judge blocking Seattle’s ordinance allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize.

USA Today, Seattle Times, Engadget, Seattle PI, GeekWire, Patch, New York Times, Business Insider, The Stranger, Law360, CBS News, The Guardian, and MarketWatch all report the US District Court Judge Robert Lasnik issued a preliminary injunction blocking further implementation of Seattle’s ordinance allowing Uber and Lyft drivers to organize for the purposes of collective bargaining.

The Guardian also takes a broader look at Uber’s fight with Seattle.

The Stranger profiles libertarian legal firm Pacific Legal Foundation.

Seattle Times looks at the City of Bellevue’s attempts to stop Seattle’s homeless crisis from spreading there.

Seattle Times covers a protest over the Mayor’s proposed soda tax. South Seattle Emerald has an op-ed piece supporting the soda tax.

Capitol Hill TimesCurbed, and West Seattle Blog report that the city is now soliciting members for its new Renters Commission.

SeattleMet talks with Council member Herbold about her reasoning for proposing an amendment to the Keystone XL-related resolution passed by the Council on Monday.

The Urbanist reports on the pending legislation to change the threshold for SEPA studies for “infill” development projects.