This afternoon the City Council voted to allow for expansion of their personal legislative staff. Their counter-intuitive reason for doing so points to a larger problem.
First there was Flint, Michigan’s horrific revelations of high levels of lead in the city’s water supply. Last week, Tacoma revealed that it had found high levels of lead in samples taken from older homes, and this morning it was reported that two Tacoma schools tested for lead in its water last year. This has raised questions about whether the residents of Seattle should also be concerned about lead in their water. This morning, officials from Seattle Public Utilities briefed the City Council on the issue, and the good news is that almost no one in Seattle should be worried. But understanding how lead gets into the water, who is at risk, and what SPU does to ensure our water is high-quality, is a complicated affair worth taking a few minutes to understand.
Concerns about Seattle’s water quality (after recent revelations about Tacoma’s water) top the news this morning.
SDOT Director Scott Kubly was ushered into office with city officials hailing him as a “transportation visionary.” But in the last year his repeated missteps have eroded his support. If the 2-week closing of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, starting next weekend, goes badly it may be the final straw that causes the Mayor to usher him back out.
The Seattle City Council will hear several interesting briefings this week, covering water quality, police overtime, secure scheduling and paid family leave, and directed investigations of labor violations.
This morning the City Council made a handful of updates to the Mayor’s proposed $290 million 2016 Housing Levy and passed it out of committee, setting it up for full Council approval on May 2 and a slot on the August ballot for voter approval.
Coverage of the SODO Arena street vacation debate and discussion of affordable housing top this morning’s news coverage.
This week the President of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to its members complaining about the City Council’s work on secure scheduling legislation. Her argument is utter nonsense and for anyone who is paying attention is a poorly-executed attempt to obstruct the process entirely.
Things are looking up this week for renters in Seattle this week, thanks to Mayor Murray and Council member Kshama Sawant.
The team-up of Mayor Murray and Council member Kshama Sawant over protections for tenants tops the news this morning.