One Night Count results released today

This afternoon King County released the results of its annual One Night Count (renamed this year to “Count Us In”).

It’s a long, detailed report, and the methodology changed this year so making comparisons with previous years is very difficult. I’m going to take a few days to thoroughly read and analyze it before doing a detailed post, but here are pointers to the key reading, and a few top-line points.

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Soda tax being fast-tracked, despite lack of consensus on everything about it

This Wednesday, the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee will attempt to construct and vote on an ordinance levying an excise tax on sweetened beverages, with the intent of voting it into law next Monday.

So far, the City Council has had three committee hearings on the topic. The only thing that’s clear is that there is little consensus on pretty much any of the core issues.

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SPD briefs Council on recent gun violence

Recently there has been a cluster of gun-related incidents in Seattle, which have captured the attention of the media, the community, and the City Council. This morning, the Seattle Police Department briefed the Council on what they know, what they are still investigating, and how they are responding.

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