Council member Kshama Sawant is throwing down the gauntlet on parental leave. Continue reading Sawant fires up her supporters on parental leave
Council member Okamoto’s temporary position on the Council concludes next Tuesday — the day that the election results are certified. Today he posted on the Council Connection blog a farewell, tongue firmly-in-cheek, to his fellow Council members. Totally worth a read.
News coverage continues to trickle in on the election earlier this month, and on Monday’s budget showdown. Continue reading Wednesday morning news roundup: election aftermath
At the Council Briefing this morning, the council continued its conversation with the Office of Intergovernmental Relations (OIR)about the city’s legislative agenda. Continue reading Council briefing: legislative agenda
The all-important “Round 2” meeting of the budget committee is taking place now. You can watch it live here. The council chambers are packed with citizens who wanted to speak on behalf of specific budget items, and committee chair Licata expanded the public comment section of the meeting from 10 minutes to a full hour. It’s very clear that Council member Sawant’s calls for people to show up and speak were heard — many people spoke in favor of more funding for the homelessness issue, affordable housing, 12 weeks of parental leave, municipal broadband, and other items in Sawant’s progressive agenda.
I will post a summary of the meeting, with a pointer to the video archive, tonight.
Keep in mind that this is a process-heavy meeting: first they need to decide which items to place on the agenda for discussion (by amending the agenda), then they need to actually discuss and vote on adding each of those items to the budget. If you’re watching, expect it to be slow progress.
A potpourri of news and op-ed coverage of the Seattle City Council this morning. Continue reading Monday morning news roundup
This week the City Council is heavily focused on getting the 2016 budget done. With few exceptions, everything else has been cancelled.
Election coverage continues, and discussion of the 2016 city budget is ramping up. Continue reading Saturday morning news roundup: election, budget, parental leave, jail