This afternoon U.S. District Court Chief Judge Ricardo Martinez issued an order denying the ACLU a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop WSDOT and the City of Seattle from seizing and destroying personal property without due process in cleaning up unsanctioned homeless encampments in Seattle.
Last July, the City Council had a discussion of bias-free policing, and what steps it might take to hold the Seattle Police Department accountable for its biases. This morning, the Council revisits the topic.
I just launched a new permanent page on the site: tracking the candidates for City Council this year.
It lists the candidates that are officially declared for Positions 8 and 9, along with contact information, financial disclosures, and other useful links on where to get more information about them.
Some of the paperwork trickles in over time, especially in the few weeks after a candidate officially files for candidacy. I’ll keep filling in the holes as things appear.
I’ve received several requests for guidance on how to contact City Council members. So here’s a new page with information on the various options and some (hopefully) helpful guidance. Enjoy.
Over the last year, occasionally something has happened that made me see an issue from a new side or rethink what I believed was going on. Here are my favorite “thought piece” posts.
It turns out I can have opinions too! It took me a while to find my comfort level with mouthing off; other people took less time to disagree with me when I did. But they were healthy, productive conversations.
Here are some of my favorite opinion pieces.
I’ll admit it: some of the most fun I’ve had over the last year has been digging into some of the lengthy reports and PowerPoint slide decks that governments are so good at generating, and answering the question “What’s really going on?”
Here’s a collection of some of my favorite, wonkiest write-ups from the first year of the site.
The new SODO Arena proposal continues to generate news coverage this morning.
Monday morning in their weekly briefing, the Council members vented their frustrations at trying to move forward the pending ordinance rewriting the city’s policy and protocols for unsanctioned homeless encampments. At the same time, they also gave hints as to where they are finding common ground.
Last Friday the Mayor released his proposal for police reform legislation, submitting it to the judge overseeing the consent decree. Running to 53 pages, it offers a new structure for civilian oversight of SPD as well as a number of other measures to increase transparency and accountability.