A year ago today I launched Seattle City Council Insight. What a crazy ride it’s been.
Welcome to all the new readers! Yesterday was a crazy day here at SCC Insight, but I’m thrilled and humbled by all the new attention and for all the words of support.
I am also humbled to be in the company of a number of very talented writers and journalists who also cover Seattle city government, who have been doing this for years (unlike me, the newcomer) and have developed keen insight and intuition for the topic. I thought it might be helpful to share with you a list of my colleagues so you can follow their writing as well as mine. I don’t always agree with them (and they certainly don’t all agree with each other, or with me), but I always read everything they write and it makes me better informed. Together they represent a unique, diverse and essential collection of viewpoints and opinions that broadens our city’s dialogue. I encourage you to read them all.
(Updated 9/28 8:00pm. See below)
Whew. Well that happened.
It’s been a very quiet week for news reporting on the City Council this week…
Through the time I’ve been writing about the City Council, I’ve developed enormous respect for our nine City Council members. They are, by all measures, dedicated public servants who work long hours and are sincerely trying to do the right thing for Seattle and its citizens. They wrestle with difficult, often seemingly intractable, problems to try to find compassionate solutions that help people. Like the rest of us, they have flaws, they make mistakes, they’re not perfect — and while we should hold them to a high standard, that standard shouldn’t be perfection.
But today I lost some of my respect for several of those City Council members.
Several long-term planning efforts get airtime this week in Council Chamber.
On Wednesday the Council’s Gender Equity, Safe Communities and New Americans Committee considered a resolution proposed by Council members Kshama Sawant and Lisa Herbold that throws its support behind unionized broadcast TV news staff in their contract negotiation with Tegna, the parent company of KING 5. It’s a horrible, indefensible piece of legislation.