The Jungle: the plan, the argument, and what it all means for Seattle

On Monday of last week, Mayor Ed Murray and Governor Jay Inslee announced a new initiative to comprehensively address the massive unsanctioned homeless encampment in the I-5 Duwamish Greenbelt, better known as “the Jungle.” The announcement kicked off a frenzied response from several directions, including the Seattle City Council, culminating in two hastily-arranged press conferences and a committee meeting yesterday that finally brought some much-needed clarity to the outreach cleanup plan.

The blow-by-blow account of how this has played out over the past ten days makes for good TV news, and indeed most of the local news coverage seems to be focusing on that drama. As usual I’ll post a morning news recap later this morning, including links to all of those stories, and you can go read them. Unfortunately the drama is obscuring two more important topics worthy of our attention: the details of the plan for cleaning up the Jungle, and what the last ten days teach us about the current state of Seattle’s city government.

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Council members file their financial disclosures (Updated)

(editor’s note: this post is two years old; the most recent financial disclosures can be found here.)

The Honest Elections initiative, better known as I-122, is known for the election campaign voucher system it put in place. But there’s a hidden gem in there as well, which is now codified in Seattle Municipal Code 2.04.165.A.2:

 Every elected official and every candidate for a future election shall after January 1st and before April 15th of each year file with the City Clerk a statement of financial affairs for the preceding calendar year, unless a statement for that same twelve month period has already been filed with the City Clerk. Any elected official whose term of office expires immediately after December 31st shall file the statement required to be filed by this section for the year that ended on that December 31st.

Our nine City Council members all complied with the financial disclosure requirement by the deadline (ok, Council member Johnson was five days late, but good enough for government work, and I’ll cut him some slack since he’s new to the job and it’s a new law). The City Clerk’s office doesn’t automatically post them online, but was very helpful and quick in sending them to me when I asked. And now I’m happy to share them with you.

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