Budget committee meeting now

The all-important “Round 2” meeting of the budget committee is taking place now. You can watch it live here. The council chambers are packed with citizens who wanted to speak on behalf of specific budget items, and committee chair Licata expanded the public comment section of the meeting from 10 minutes to a full hour.  It’s very clear that Council member Sawant’s calls for people to show up and speak were heard — many people spoke in favor of more funding for the homelessness issue, affordable housing, 12 weeks of parental leave, municipal broadband, and other items in Sawant’s progressive agenda. …

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Morning news roundup

There is still plenty of coverage of last week’s City Council election, particularly of positions 1 and 2 where the race has tightened while ballots continue to be counted. Seattle P-I,  KIRO 7 , Crosscut, Seattle Globalist, KPLU, The other big news is yesterday’s votes on housing affordability.  Seattle Times, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, RealEstateRama, The Stranger Geek Wire has an article about the debate over whether Seattle should spend $5 million to pilot a municipal broadband program. This proposal generated a significant amount of discussion on Oct. 29th during the council’s budget review meetings  (video – jump to 41:50 ).

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