Council member Rob Johnson stated in his inauguration speech that he was looking forward to the opportunity to do long-term planning. Well, he and his fellow Council members got a large helping of that today.
Lots going on today. Homeless encampments for RV’s, criticism of the city’s sweeps of unauthorized encampments, and potential regulation of Airbnb top the list.
Today Airbnb released what it calls an “economic impact report” for the Seattle region, detailing the economic benefits it believes its business has delivered to Seattle. I went through it with a fine-tooth comb; there are interesting useful statistics, there are some misleading ones, and there are some conspicuously missing ones.
The City Council met this afternoon to consider a resolution ratifying Mayor Murray’s emergency order this week related to opening up two new homeless encampments for people living out of their vehicles. In the end, they ratified a modified version of the emergency order, adding some additional requirements.
The Seattle School Board has pushed out its vote on extending its orca card program to more students.
Tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at 3:30 the full Council will take up the Mayor’s emergency order establishing two encampments for homeless people living out of their car or RV.
Efforts to deal with the homelessness crisis in Seattle dominate the news this morning because of two events that happened yesterday.
This morning Council member Rob Johnson circulated a letter to his fellow Council members asking the Seattle School Board to delay its decision on closing on-site before and after school care programs next year.
This morning three Seattle city staff members had the unpleasant duty of briefing the City Council on the city’s approach to removing unauthorized homeless encampments.