As part of the city’s “digital equity” push, in 2015 Seattle explored creating its own public internet access provider to compete with Comcast, CenturyTel, and other private companies and ensure that high-speed broadband was available uniformly across the city. However, that approach was shown to be infeasible, so the Mayor shelved the plan — despite the loud protests from Council member Sawant.
Now the City is discussing a different, creative approach that might accomplish much of the same digital equity goal.
Continue reading City takes creative approach to digital equity
Surveillance cameras on city-owned street poles tops the news this morning.
Continue reading Wednesday news roundup: surveillance cameras
It’s looking increasingly like Seattle will greet the new year with a major cold snap, with highs around freezing and dropping to the low 20’s overnight. But the long-term outlook suggests we might see more of the same before spring arrives.
Before the Council began its holiday recess, it received a briefing from several city departments on their preparations for winter weather as well as the outreach and messages to the city’s residents.
At the end of this post is a list of the best ways to get information and report problems during a severe weather event, as well as information on how you can prepare in advance.
Continue reading Seattle’s Winter Weather Preparedness, and What You Should Do
Seattle City Light CEO Larry Weis announced yesterday that the utility is moving forward with preparations to join the California Independent System Operators (CAISO) Energy Imbalance Market (EIM).
Continue reading Seattle City Light moves forward with joining Energy Imbalance Market
One year ago today, the Mayor announced a State of Emergency related to homelessness in Seattle.
Continue reading News roundup: homeless strategy, bike share
There aren’t a lot of meetings this week, but they ought to be informative.
Continue reading This week: more budget!
Monday and Friday are the big days in Council Chambers this week.
Continue reading This week: budget and homeless encampments
The ongoing debate over how to handle unsanctioned homeless encampments continues to elicit news coverage this morning.
Continue reading News roundup: homeless encampments
The Mayor’s speech unveiling his 2017-2018 budget proposal grabbed the headlines this morning.
Continue reading News roundup: Murray’s budget speech