Category Archives: legal

Understanding Trump’s “sanctuary city” executive order

Today President Trump signed an executive order which, as promised, proposes to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities.” And Mayor Murray, along with some Council members, stood their ground.

Back in November I wrote a summary of what the city could lose in federal funding, but at the time is was difficult to tell whether Trump would really follow through, and if so how he would structure such an order. Now that he’s clarified that, it’s time to examine exactly what his executive order, and the local and federal laws, say.

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ACLU files class-action lawsuit against Seattle and WSDOT for homeless sweeps

Today a class-action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court by the ACLU on behalf of Seattle’s homeless, against the City of Seattle and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The suit charges that the city and WSDOT’s “sweeps” of homeless encampments violate the constitutional rights of the encampments’ residents by

seizing and destroying the property of people who are living outside without adequate and effective notice, an opportunity to be heard, or a meaningful way to reclaim any property that was not destroyed.

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News roundup: Pronto vote, Chamber of Commerce lawsuit, housing levy

Three big topics in the news this morning: the corrected vote on the Pronto bikeshare system, the Chamber of Commerce’s lawsuit against the city over allowing Uber drivers to unionize, and the Mayor’s proposal for the housing levy.

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