Tuesday news roundup

SPU rates are going up, and plenty more this morning in the news.

The Seattle Times, KIRO, and Capitol Hill Seattle Blog report cover the City Council’s approval of Seattle Public Utilities’ new three-year rate plan, with smaller than expected rate increases.

The Seattle Times looks at the debate over how to respond to SPD’s rising 911 response times.

KUOW shines a light on city employees’ complaints that about the way the Mayor’s Office is proposing to fund community safety investments.

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog looks at the proposal to move parking enforcement officers and 911 call center employees out of SPD and into a new civilian-led community safety organization.

MyNorthwest covers the announcement from Council President Gonzalez and City Attorney Holmes that they want to set up an independent entity to handle public-records requests to the Mayor’s Office.

The Seattle Times reports that the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission has approved a settlement agreement with Councilmember Sawant in which she admits to the ethics violation and will pay a $3,500 fine.

West Seattle Blog reports that the city’s “Cafe streets” permit program is being extended for another year.

The Urbanist and the Seattle Times take a look at the final version of the Council’s spending plan for the new $20 vehicle license fee.

The South Seattle Emerald reports that homeless service providers are pushing back on the city’s latest contract changes.

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