The City of Seattle has a law on the books requiring The City Council to approve any department’s acquisition of surveillance equipment. The law is old and badly in need of updating, as last year’s Geofeedia incident made clear. Yesterday the Council started its formal consideration of a refreshed version more in keeping with today’s technology.
This afternoon the City Council unanimously passed a resolution that affirms Seattle’s status as a welcoming city for all, regardless of immigration status.
This isn’t just a feel-good resolution; it lists a number of very specific actions and policies for the city.
President-elect Donald Trump (yes, it pains me to write that) has stated that in his first 100 days in office he will cancel all federal funding to “sanctuary cities” such as Seattle, where by ordinance city employees may not inquire into a person’s immigration status (except in specific law-enforcement circumstances). Yesterday Mayor Ed Murray held a press conference, in which he stated that Seattle will continue to be a sanctuary city, even if it loses federal funding.
So how much is at stake?
Among all the noise over other issues this week, the City Council has continued to discuss the pending legislation rewriting the city’s protocol for handling unsanctioned encampments. It’s been a quiet discussion behind closed doors, but that looks likely to change next week.
Happy Friday! Get out there and enjoy Seafair weekend!
While we wait for yesterday’s election votes to be counted, here’s today’s news coverage of the City Council.
The big news story is yesterday’s vote to ban the practice of conversion therapy on minors.
By unanimous vote, the City Council passed an ordinance this afternoon banning the practice of gay “conversion therapy” on minors.
Council member Lorena Gonzalez, in her first time sponsoring a piece of legislation, proudly put forth an ordinance to ban the practice of “conversion therapy” to try to “cure” LGBTQ minors.
Good morning! Kshama Sawant is making noise at the DNC in Philadelphia, but back here in Seattle it’s going to be a very busy week…