A full read of the 99-page report of the Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force paints a very different picture than what the press reported. The report isn’t without its faults, but nevertheless it’s worth understanding what it actually says — and doesn’t say.
Good morning, and happy Monday! Let’s get to the news — and remember to vote!
Word is getting out about Seattle’s proposed ban on gay “conversion therapy.”
… because there’s a lot to read this morning.
So many oars in the water this week for the City Council…
Lots of stuff in the news today. Plus the #SEAHomeless conversation, which I will recap tomorrow in full.
This afternoon the City Council will take up a resolution laying out principles on how the city should approach cleaning up the unsanctioned homeless encampment known as the “Jungle.”
Remember back at the beginning of the year when there was all the fuss about homeless people living in RV’s on the streets of Seattle? And the Mayor put forth a plan to create RV “safe lots” to get them off the streets, provide some basic support, and help them plug into the human services system? Well, two weeks ago Scott Lindsay, Special Assistant to the Mayor, admitted to the City Council that the RV safe lot plan is an expensive failure. Oh, and everything else in the Mayor’s plan related to RVs has also failed.
Seattle’s water quality, legislative staff increases, and labor law enforcement top this morning’s news.
First there was Flint, Michigan’s horrific revelations of high levels of lead in the city’s water supply. Last week, Tacoma revealed that it had found high levels of lead in samples taken from older homes, and this morning it was reported that two Tacoma schools tested for lead in its water last year. This has raised questions about whether the residents of Seattle should also be concerned about lead in their water. This morning, officials from Seattle Public Utilities briefed the City Council on the issue, and the good news is that almost no one in Seattle should be worried. But understanding how lead gets into the water, who is at risk, and what SPU does to ensure our water is high-quality, is a complicated affair worth taking a few minutes to understand.