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Kevin Schofield is a freelance writer and the founder of Seattle City Council Insight, a web site providing independent news and analysis of the Seattle City Council. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he worked for Microsoft Corporation for 26 years. That culminated in a term as Chief Operations Officer for Microsoft Research, the division of the company focused on advancing the state of the art in computing. Upon leaving Microsoft in 2014 he decided to embrace his love of writing. Kevin volunteers at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, where he also serves on the Board of Directors. He is also Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. Beyond writing, his personal passions are his twin daughters, photography, cooking, and playing the guitar. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

This week in Council Chamber

Happy Independence Day!

With the holiday, the usual Monday meetings have been moved to Tuesday, and the usual Tuesday committee meetings will be on Friday.

Tuesday morning’s Council Briefing should be brief — there are no presentations scheduled.¬† Tuesday afternoon’s Full Council meeting should also be short as there is only one legislative matter on the agenda and it’s expected to sail through with little discussion and no controversy.

On the other hand, this week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar is packed with new legislation, including:

  • a resolution beginning the hearing process for Swedish Health Services’ application for an alley vacation on First Hill;
  • two ordinances updating the business license tax and fee rates to pay for increasing the police forces;
  • two ordinances related to the sale of the Pacific Place Garage;
  • a change to the Municipal Arts Fund to allow for expenditures related to maintenance of public art;
  • an ordinance allowing Seattle City Light to lease communications facilities on Gold Mountain to allow for communication between remote hydro power facilities and the utility’s control center in Seattle;
  • a resolution establishing the Equity and Environment Agenda as official city policy;
  • appointment of eleven individuals to the Seattle Design Review Board;
  • acquisition of a street corner along Rainier Avenue for installation of traffic equipment and signs.

Wednesday morning the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee meets. It takes up the aforementioned Pacific Place Garage items, and the business tax and fee increases. It will also discuss the Housing and Neighborhoods sections of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Wednesday afternoon, the Education, Equity and Governance Committee meets to consider an ordinance that give the city more flexibility to issue taxi licenses to taxicab operators with wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

Friday, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee and the Sustainability and Transportation Committee both meet; agendas have not yet been published for those meetings

News roundup: guns, homeless, and the Jungle

 

Crosscut has a great summary of the highlights from yesterday’s #SEAHomeless media-blitz.

Q13, MyNorthwest and Guns.com cover the blowback on the Council’s decision this week to require SPD to destroy surplus guns rather than resell them.

Q13 discusses the Jungle with Mayor Ed Murray.

MyNorthwest reports on public comment from the joint Seattle/King County hearing on humans services, homelessness and the opioid addiction epidemic.

SeattleMet reports on the dubious report delivered by an industry consultant to the Council last week on the topic of secure scheduling.