The Mayor has proposed a new sales tax on sugary beverages. In the Council’s first discussion on the new tax, it quickly became clear that there is significant disagreement on one big issue: how to spend the proceeds.
Wednesday afternoon in his Education, Equity and Governance Committee, Council President Bruce Harrell pushed the Seattle IT department to go farther and faster in investigating public Wi-Fi as an alternative to municipal broadband in key areas of the city.
It was a pretty tepid day in Council Chamber, but here are a few interesting tidbits worth noting.
All the fun is in the committees this week.
In the run-up to this afternoon’s meeting, the city’s response to the homelessness crisis is dominating the news this morning. Plus a few other tidbits.
A little bit of everything today, starting with the SODO Arena.
Early last week, the City Council sent a letter to the School Board expressing its concern over the possibility that before- and after-school childcare programs might get bumped off of school properties next year. Late last week, the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Larry Nyland, responded.
Lots going on today. Homeless encampments for RV’s, criticism of the city’s sweeps of unauthorized encampments, and potential regulation of Airbnb top the list.
The Seattle School Board has pushed out its vote on extending its orca card program to more students.
This morning Council member Rob Johnson circulated a letter to his fellow Council members asking the Seattle School Board to delay its decision on closing on-site before and after school care programs next year.