It was a pretty tepid day in Council Chamber, but here are a few interesting tidbits worth noting.
In the news this morning, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reports that the City Council is poised to approve an amended version of Swedish’s Cherry Hill campus master plan.
Also, NextCity covers SDOT’s scaled-back bike plan, which gets a hearing in front of the Council Tuesday afternoon.
Seattle Bike Blog discusses Pronto’s plans for a Ride Free Day, and recounts its up-and-down membership numbers.
It’s a good thing that Council member Tim Burgess just put the 2016 Housing Levy to bed, because he now needs to wrestle three separate budgets to the ground. And the early numbers suggest that there’s some belt-tightening coming in 2017 and 2018.
The Council will be pushing forward on a number of fronts this week, including the confirmation hearings for Sam Assefa, the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, the Bicycle Master Plan, and Sound Transit 3. Also, there’s a book you should read.
The news this morning includes the collapse of the Civic Square development project.
There’s no question that the “small but mighty” Office of Labor Standards needs to grow. The question is how to pay for it.
The five female City Council members fire back, and more on NCIS.
Tuesday morning the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee continued its series of discussions on secure scheduling with representatives of both employees and employers. There’s plenty of good news: the conversations are getting more productive, and the major policy issues are beginning to converge to specific proposals.
Remember back at the beginning of the year when there was all the fuss about homeless people living in RV’s on the streets of Seattle? And the Mayor put forth a plan to create RV “safe lots” to get them off the streets, provide some basic support, and help them plug into the human services system? Well, two weeks ago Scott Lindsay, Special Assistant to the Mayor, admitted to the City Council that the RV safe lot plan is an expensive failure. Oh, and everything else in the Mayor’s plan related to RVs has also failed.
Yesterday’s Council hearing on funding the Office of Labor Standards made the news this morning, along with the troubled NCIS utility billing system, police reform, and more.