This afternoon the City Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee passed an amended version of the bill granting a street vacation to Chris Hansen for Occidental Avenue. But it wasn’t easy, and the next part is even harder.
Yesterday’s hearing on the impact of the minimum wage, and Council member Kshama Sawant’s campaigning for Bernie Sanders (and against Hillary Clinton) top the news this morning. Plus op-eds from Council members Rob Johnson and Debora Juarez.
The City Council’s ongoing debate over whether to vacate part of Occidental Avenue for the proposed SODO Arena will likely find a direction tomorrow. And the signs are pointing towards approval — with a lot of conditions.
When new Council members Lisa Herbold and Lorena Gonzalez took up the issue of secure scheduling earlier this year, they decided to try an ambitious new approach to get to a draft legislation. While the two of them in the end seem to be getting the information they need to write an ordinance, the conversation that’s leading them there is falling short of their ideal. And the employers are largely to blame.
This morning at the Council Briefing, three UW faculty members gave their first report on a City-funded minimum wage study, setting a baseline for studying the preset and future impact of the raised minimum wage in Seattle as it continues to roll out. Continue reading City-funded minimum wage impact study gives its first report
The Viaduct closure and Kshama Sawant’s campaigning for Bernie Sanders top the news this morning.
Lots of things are happening this week in Council chambers, including a hearing and possible vote on the SODO Arena street vacation, a report on the impact of the increased minimum wage, and amendments to the 2016 Housing Levy.
This week the Mayor and City Council sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation urging that the city be given a FASTLANE grant for the Lander Street Overpass. This should be music to the ears of Sonics fans.
This morning the City Council finally moved on from background presentations started considering ideas on how it might want to modify the Mayor’s proposal for the 2016 Housing Levy.
A judge rules that UW can ignore local landmark ordinances, police inquests come under the microscope, and both the Mayor and the City Council claim to love small businesses.