First, let me echo Council member Gonzalez’s comments this morning in congratulating Council member Teresa Mosqueda on the birth of her daughter!
This morning the Council members interviewed the two dozen or so youths who were nominated for city commission and board positions through the Get Engaged! program, and this afternoon the Council voted to approve their nominations.
On a related note, Council members Herbold and Bagshaw noted that there is no parallel program for seniors, and they hoped that next year a “Stay Engaged!” program might be created by the Council.
This Thursday, Council member Sawant will hold a public hearing at 5pm in Council Chambers for her proposed ordinance expanding opportunities for tiny home villages and sanctioned encampments in the city.
Council member Bagshaw circulated a calendar for the next round of budget discussions that kick off on Wednesday, focused on discussing issues that the Council members have raised with the Mayor’s proposed budget. See my separate post on this.
Council member Pacheco highlighted that as part of the celebration of the city’s 150th birthday this year, he will be participating in a City History Trivia Night on October 24th at Fremont Dock Bar and Grill.
This morning, a bill requiring places of public accommodation to turn on closed captions on all televisions in public areas was passed out of committee and is now headed for final approval by the full Council next Monday.
The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission meets on Wednesday, and will take on a tough question: how to fix the requirement that candidates participating in the Democracy Voucher program participate in at least three public debates.
This morning, the Council’s Governance, Ethics and Technology Committee moved forward an ordinance adopting several updates to the Democracy Vouchers program and to other rules governing local elections.
This morning the Progressive Revenue Task Force held its second meeting, the first with substantive discussions of the issues. There were some important insights that help clarify the picture of the need — and the possible ways to address it.
(updated 1/19/18 10:00am — the city provided updated slides with corrections for bad data and incorrect math)
This afternoon the City Council announced the members of its Progressive Revenue Task Force, i.e. the group tasked with looking at a proposal for instituting a head tax or tapping into other progressive revenue sources.
Today the City Council announced that it has started taking applications for its newly-created task force to look at progressive revenue sources to fund new homelessness and affordable housing investments.