City rolls out $30 million “strategic investment fund” RFP for anti-displacement efforts

It’s been a big week for investments in Seattle’s BIPOC communities. First, the City Council approved $1 million to allow the Office for Civil Rights to move the $30 million participatory budgeting program forward; then yesterday the Mayor’s Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force unveiled their recommendations for how to invest another $30 million. Now this morning, Mayor Durkan announced the release of an RFP for proposals for land and property acquisition “to respond to disproportionate displacement pressures impacting black, Indigenous, and people of color communities.”

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State Supreme Court decides who counts as “news media,” and it’s not this site.

Last week the Washington State Supreme Court handed down a decision in a case where it was asked to decide whether a guy with a YouTube channel counts as “news media” for the purposes of certain state laws. It said “no,” but in the process made a broad ruling that has serious consequences for small news sites such as SCC Insight. The Seattle times posted an editorial on the ruling this morning, in which it called this site “helpful.”  That may or may not be true, but in either case the editorial muddies the waters somewhat on the issues and …

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