A disagreement between the City Council and the Mayor over the plan to clean up the Jungle tops this morning’s news
A pretty quiet start to the week… though zoning issues are starting to heat up.
Yesterday’s announcement by Council member O’Brien tops the news this morning.
(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.
Council member Mike O’Brien unveiled this morning a draft of some changes to the land-use code that he hopes will encourage “backyard cottages” and mother-in-law apartments across the city to help ease the housing crisis.
It’s a bit of a slow news day… I guess everyone went to the Beyoncé concert last night.
The Council is running out of time to give its feedback to the Sound Transit board on the proposed Sound Transit 3 plan, so Council member Mike O’Brien, chair of the Sustainability and Transportation Committee, is racing to complete a resolution summarizing their feedback in time for a vote on Monday afternoon.
The Council held its first hearing this morning on a new ordinance, authored by Council member Kshama Sawant, to restrict slumlords from raising rents for non-compliant housing units. But the details are a little tricky, so it’s worth diving into the details.
The 2035 Comprehensive Plan final draft has been published by the Mayor’s Office, and is about to go through an extensive review process both as a public process and by the City Council. Yesterday the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee got a high-level overview of the changes in the plan and the process the Council will use to review it.
The unsanctioned homeless encampment known as the Jungle is back in the news this morning. Plus much more…