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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Detox

Much like Green Lake tends to do every year around this time, City Hall has grown its own toxic algae bloom of unhealthy tribal politics this week. I’m going to take a day off (maybe two) while it hopefully dies down a bit. If you need a morning fix of local political news, trust me, you won’t have to look far; everyone’s writing about Amazon’s announcement yesterday. But I would encourage you all to also “just say no,” give it a rest for a day, and seek some perspective.

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Can the city impound a homeless man’s vehicle if he is living in it?

Last Friday, King County Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer ruled on the case of Steven Long, a homeless man who had been living in his truck after he was evicted from his apartment because he couldn’t pay the rent. When his truck stopped running, he left it parked on a Seattle street longer than the allowed 72 hours, and after being warned about it, a few days later the city impounded it and called Lincoln Towing to take it away. Lincoln’s charge to retrieve his truck was hefty (on top of the city’s fine for exceeding the 72-hour parking restriction), …

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