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Murray’s State of the City Address: the “good parts” version

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.

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Judge denies ACLU’s motion for temporary restraining order on sweeps

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.

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Council contemplates creating a private cause of action for bias-free policing

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.

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New page for City Council candidates

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.

Enjoy!

Looking back over the year: the wonky posts

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.

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City Council continues to struggle with homeless encampment rules

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.

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