Despite the Monday federal holiday, there’s still a lot going on this week; much of it relates to housing.
The changes to ST3 announced yesterday top this morning’s news.
Coverage of yesterday’s City Hall conversations about the Jungle dominate the news this morning.
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.
In any free market system, scarcity creates power, and power leads to abuse. Seattle is experiencing that now with the rental housing market, and City Hall is taking steps to stop the worst of those abuses by limiting housing discrimination.
The city’s Utility Discount Program, which gives a break to low-income residents on their Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities bills, is great but underutilized. But that’s changing quickly.
A veritable potpourri of stories this morning.
School was in session this afternoon at the Energy and Environment Committee, where Seattle City Light’s sources for electricity came up repeatedly. Continue reading Council digs in on the economics and politics of electricity
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.