At the beginning of 2018 the City of Seattle commissioned a study to look at the feasibility of creating a municipal bank. Those study results were released yesterday. It says that in theory the city could create its own bank, but there are significant legal, logistical, regulatory and financial challenges to doing so.
This morning U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo rescinding Obama-era guidance on federal enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as it relates to marijuana. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes had sharp words in response.
The Mayor’s proposed budget quietly included an increase to the fee for a marijuana business license. Now the Council is looking at making that a much bigger increase, and people are now paying attention.
Lots of stuff in the news today. Plus the #SEAHomeless conversation, which I will recap tomorrow in full.
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.
Today’s news has two features on Debora Juarez. Plus lots of other things going on as the City Council gets down to business.
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Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant delivered the Socialist Alternative response to the State of the Union address last night.
This morning’s news coverages focuses on the big outcomes of yesterday’s Council meeting: updated marijuana zoning and approval of “Amazon alley.” Plus Sound Transit and Council members’ plans to meet their constituents.
This afternoon the City Council approved its pending update to the zoning rules for commercial marijuana activities in Seattle, after incorporating four amendments.