Budget committee meeting now

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.

The full list of budget items, with item detail, to be addressed is here. The agenda is here.

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.

Friday morning news roundup: election, housing, Key Arena, municipal broadband

More election coverage this morning, especially on the tight District 2 race and the practically-dead-heat District 1 race. KING 5, KOMO, The Stranger.

Capitol Hill Times has an article about the recently-passed housing legislation. Seattlish has an op-ed asking the City Council to “build all the things.”

KING5 has a story about a bizarre inquiry that the Mayor and council President Tim Burgess received about redeveloping Key Arena.

In the “media reporting on the media” category, MyNorthwest.com  reports on local talk radio host Dori Monson’s rant about the proposal in front of the City Council to pilot municipal broadband.

Comcast franchise agreement renewal on Thursday

On Thursday at 2:00pm, the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee will consider renewal of its franchise agreement with Comcast. A summary of the terms of the renewal is here.  The full franchise agreement is here. The franchise agreement allows Comcast to offer “cable services” within the city limits, which for the purposes of this agreement just includes their video content (not Internet access).  That doesn’t mean Comcast is planning to stop offering Internet; it just means that internet access is covered in a separate franchise agreement.

Continue reading Comcast franchise agreement renewal on Thursday

Morning news roundup

There is still plenty of coverage of last week’s City Council election, particularly of positions 1 and 2 where the race has tightened while ballots continue to be counted. Seattle P-IKIRO 7 , Crosscut, Seattle Globalist, KPLU,

The other big news is yesterday’s votes on housing affordability.  Seattle Times, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, RealEstateRama, The Stranger

Geek Wire has an article about the debate over whether Seattle should spend $5 million to pilot a municipal broadband program. This proposal generated a significant amount of discussion on Oct. 29th during the council’s budget review meetings  (video – jump to 41:50 ).

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