This morning, the usually sleepy Seattle City Employees Retirement System (SCERS) board meeting had its moment in the spotlight, as a large number of activists and a handful of local politicians showed up to urge the board to divest the city’s pension fund from fossil fuel companies.
It was a thoughtful, respectful, and long conversation. A lot of listening happened, and much appreciation was extended in both directions for the depth of thought and energy that went into analysis and remarks. It was exactly the kind of conversation you wish every activists-meet-government conversation could be.
But at the end of the day, the city won’t divest out of fossil fuels anytime soon. Here’s why.
Continue reading Here’s why the city pension fund won’t divest from fossil fuels
Today was the deadline for the DOJ and the current CPC to file comments with the District Court on the new police accountability legislation. They both did, and both recommended that the judge approve it.
Continue reading Police accountability legislation gets two thumbs up, needs one more
After a delay of a couple of weeks, the Council voted unanimously today to adopt an update of the city’s Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance.
Continue reading Council passes update to rental inspection rules
This afternoon the City Council unanimously passed the proposed tax on income over $250,000 per year.
Continue reading Council unanimously passes income tax
This morning, the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee voted to move forward the proposed 2.25% tax on annual income over $250,000.
Continue reading Council moves income tax ordinance one step closer to adoption
This afternoon the Council adopted eight amendments to its proposed income tax on residents with earnings over $250,000. Most were cosmetic; a few make substantive changes.
Continue reading Council lightly amends income tax ordinance
The Pacific Legal Foundation, known for its conservative and libertarian legal crusades, has filed a lawsuit challenging Seattle’s Democracy Voucher program.
Continue reading Democracy voucher program draws lawsuit (UPDATED)
Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a bill that would rewrite the rules for so-called “sanctuary cities,” and leave Seattle out of compliance — that is, if the Senate also approves it and the courts find it constitutional, neither of which look likely.
Continue reading House tries to rewrite rules for sanctuary cities
This morning, the Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee voted to send a batch of updates to the city’s Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance and Building and Maintenance Code to the full Council for adoption. Most of the changes are pretty tame stuff, dealing with carbon monoxide detectors, lead paint, safety and security requirements, and adjustments to program fees. But one area — required inspections — dives into a topic with a rich history of legislation and litigation, and pushes the rules right up to the limits of (and possibly over) what the courts allow.
Continue reading Rental inspection and building code updates pass out of committee
Last week, King County Superior Court Judge John Erlick ruled on the lawsuit filed against the City of Seattle over Initiative 124, passed by the voters last November, which provided health and safety protections to hotel workers. through a number of measures.
Continue reading Judge rules against challenge to I-124