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Catching up on the backyard cottages legislation

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.

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The city won a battle with the Trump administration. Or did it?

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.

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Sunday baseball diversion: Is Felix Hernandez done?

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?

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Getting caught up on the Center City streetcar mess

 

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.

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Council moves suddenly and swiftly to repeal the head tax

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.

Council President Bruce Harrell discussing his bill to repeal the employee-hours tax

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