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.
This afternoon the City Council conducted a hearing on the NCIS billing and customer service IT system being co-developed by Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle City Light, and SeattleIT, the city’s newly-consolidated IT department. It was neither the bloodbath I expected, nor was it a font of revelations as to why a $66 million project went $43 million over budget. But if you listened carefully, arranged the puzzle pieces just so, and squinted a little bit, you could make out roughly what happened — and the rough waters ahead.
The Monday morning quarterbacking continues on last week’s SODO Arena vote.
It was a short Council Briefing without any presentations, but here are the highlights from the roundtable discussion.
Good morning! I hope you are all enjoying having the Viaduct back several days early. New topics are popping up in the news this morning.
Tuesday afternoon, in a joint meeting of two committees, the Council will get briefed by representatives of Seattle City Light, Seattle Public Utilities, the newly-formed Department of IT, and an outside consultant on the NCIS billing and customer service IT system that is very late and very over budget. And going by the published materials they have submitted in advance, they have drastically misread the situation and it’s going to be a bloodbath. Continue reading NCIS briefing Tuesday afternoon: don’t forget to bring popcorn
It looks like Tuesday is going to be the super interesting day in Council Chamber this week.
The fallout from the SODO Arena vote is starting to calm down. But there’s lots of other things percolating in this morning’s news.
This morning the Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Waterfront Committee was briefed on two ongoing sticking points with the plan for redeveloping the Seattle Waterfront. One is a thorny problem, and the other is an opportunity to do something really cool.