I’m taking a few days off for vacation with the family. SCC Insight will return next week with a fresh new set of long-winded and poorly reasoned posts. I encourage you all to enjoy the brief respite.
As he promised last week, this afternoon Judge James Robart issued his written ruling finding that the City of Seattle has fallen partially out of compliance with the 2012 Consent Decree on biased policing practices.
In so doing, he clarified some questions raised by his bench ruling last week, but left other important ones unanswered.
For the last couple of weeks, Council member Teresa Mosqueda has been circulating a draft resolution “supporting a safe and responsive workplace” within the city government’s Legislative Department. It’s meant to set expectations not only for how Legislative Department employees treat other city employees and constituents, but also for how constituents should treat the department’s employees.
This morning, Mayor Jenny Durkan delivered her second “State of the City” address, in which she listed off the city’s accomplishments in 2018, highlighted several major initiatives in the works for this year, and announced five new programs.
This morning, Mayor Durkan signed an order declaring a civil emergency due to the arriving winter storm.
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.