Yesterday’s vote on AirBnB regulations tops the news this morning.
This afternoon the City Council voted to approve the third piece of the short-term rental (i.e. AirBnB) regulatory structure, completing the Council’s work on regulating the nascent but quickly growing market.
This afternoon the Council adopted a resolution setting in place its committee structure and responsibilities for next year. With Tim Burgess retiring and Teresa Mosqueda stepping in, changes were inevitable, and the committee areas of responsibility give us a clearer idea of the agendas for each of the Council members in the coming year.
On November 20th, Judge James Robart, who oversees the implementation of SPD’s consent decree directing police reform, issued an order asking the parties in the case to submit briefs on how two issues should influence his ruling on whether the city is in initial compliance with the consent decree: the shooting last June of Charleena Lyles, and the recent signing of new collective bargaining agreement with SPMA. The deadline to file those briefs was last Friday.
A quiet start to a busy day…
On Friday afternoon, the Seattle Police Department released several documents related to its internal investigation of the shooting death of Charleena Lyles at the hands of two police officers.
Furious activity as the Council wraps up its work for 2017 and prepares for next year.
This afternoon the City of Seattle filed notice that it would be appealing the recent judgment in the challenge to its ordinance imposing an income tax. It has chosen to bypass the Court of Appeals and take the case directly to the state Supreme Court.
This morning, Mayor Durkan, City Attorney Holmes, King County Council President Joe McDermot, and City Council member Lorena Gonzalez held a joint press conference to double-down on their support for the city’s “welcoming city” policies, to release a letter sent to the DOJ on the topic, and to announce funding for programs to support Seattle’s immigrant community and DACA recipients.
Yesterday’s NHL team announcement tops Friday’s news.