For several weeks now, Council member Sawant and her coalition have been pushing a proposal to redirect funds from the troubled North Precinct police station project to fund 1000 units on new affordable housing. This afternoon, a competing proposal was announced, introduced by six Council members — including Sawant.
It turns out I can have opinions too! It took me a while to find my comfort level with mouthing off; other people took less time to disagree with me when I did. But they were healthy, productive conversations.
Here are some of my favorite opinion pieces.
The budget work is still the center of attention for the Council this week.
I’ll admit it: some of the most fun I’ve had over the last year has been digging into some of the lengthy reports and PowerPoint slide decks that governments are so good at generating, and answering the question “What’s really going on?”
Here’s a collection of some of my favorite, wonkiest write-ups from the first year of the site.
A year ago today I launched Seattle City Council Insight. What a crazy ride it’s been.
The Mayor’s proposed budget quietly included an increase to the fee for a marijuana business license. Now the Council is looking at making that a much bigger increase, and people are now paying attention.
News coverage is starting to show up around Wednesday’s unveiling of the Council’s first set of changes to the Mayor’s proposed budget.
Perhaps everyone stayed up late watching the World Series, or we’re all just hiding in fear of next week’s election… either way, it’s a quiet Thursday morning.
This morning the City Council released its “initial balancing package,” the first collection of Council members’ modifications to the Mayor’s budget proposal.
One year ago today, the Mayor announced a State of Emergency related to homelessness in Seattle.