Welcome back! Here we go…
Back in October, the city issued its final environmental impact statement (FEIS) on proposed legislation loosening rules on building “backyard cottages” in single-family zones in Seattle, as well as a Racial Equity Toolkit evaluation of the impact of the legislation on racial disparities in the city. To no one’s surprise, an appeal has been filed against the FEIS — but the city is fighting back.
This morning, the Mayor’s Office announced that the Trump Administration had backed down from its threats to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities” and moved forward with a 2017 grant of $252,000. “Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions blinked, Seattle won, and public safety prevailed,” Durkan said.
The fine print suggests otherwise.
Yes, I know, this has nothing to do with the Seattle City Council. But it’s Sunday and there’s nothing terribly exciting that the Council is up to this week, so here’s a bit of a diversion into sabermetrics…
Felix Hernandez got pummeled yesterday, giving up 7 runs in just 2 2/3 innings before getting yanked. He is now 8-9 with a 5.58 ERA for the 2018 season. This is his fourteenth season in the Major Leagues; he was a rookie at the tender age of 19 in 2005.
Is King Felix just having a bad year, or is it time for him to pack it in?
We’ve been waiting months for a consultant report on the Center City Streetcar project, since Mayor Durkan put it “on hold” pending financial review earlier this year. But the end of June deadline for that report has come and gone. In the meantime, Durkan let slip a detail in a KUOW interview that has snowballed into speculation about how badly the project has gone off the rails — even in the face of strong political support to see the project through to completion.
And it’s Carmen Best for “Comeback of the Year.”
Kind of a quiet start to the week… perhaps everyone is too busy nursing their sunburns this morning.
In a sudden and unexpected move today, Council President Bruce Harrell introduced a bill that would repeal the recently-enacted employee-hours tax (aka the “head tax”) and scheduled a special meeting of the full City Council for tomorrow to deliberate and vote on it.
It’s going to be a busy week for the Council, with plenty of committee meetings, plus MHA and Education Levy work.
Much like Green Lake tends to do every year around this time, City Hall has grown its own toxic algae bloom of unhealthy tribal politics this week. I’m going to take a day off (maybe two) while it hopefully dies down a bit.
If you need a morning fix of local political news, trust me, you won’t have to look far; everyone’s writing about Amazon’s announcement yesterday. But I would encourage you all to also “just say no,” give it a rest for a day, and seek some perspective.