This morning in the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, and New Americans Committee sent to the full Council an ordinance appropriating $1 million for a legal defense fund for individuals in immigration proceedings.
This week the court-appointed monitor for the implementation of the Consent Decree filed a report on how the Seattle Police Department is doing on its goals to eliminate excessive use of force. There was a lot of good news, though a few areas of concern remain. Let’s dive in.
Late last week the Trump administration surprised many by announcing that it had granted approval for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline project. In response, activist groups and indigenous tribes immediately began organizing opposition, and locally Council member Kshama Sawant is doing some of the heavy lifting for that effort. Sawant introduced a resolution this afternoon for the City Council’s approval that would once again register its opposition to the pipeline — and direct the city not to do business with its financial backers.
While the Council’s rules allow a resolution to be introduced and passed the same day, in this case several of Sawant’s colleagues argued for taking at least a week to understand its implications.
It was a State of the City address by Mayor Ed Murray, so there was the customary lofty rhetoric, celebration of the past year’s successes, grumbling about things that didn’t go his way, and pointed barbs aimed at the Trump administration. But there were also a handful of announcements, so let’s cut to the chase.
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.