Today was Round 2 of the 2016 budget development process, in morning and afternoon sessions. Continue reading Budget marathon meeting
At the Council Briefing this morning, the council continued its conversation with the Office of Intergovernmental Relations (OIR)about the city’s legislative agenda. Continue reading Council briefing: legislative agenda
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.
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.
A potpourri of news and op-ed coverage of the Seattle City Council this morning. Continue reading Monday morning news roundup
This week the City Council is heavily focused on getting the 2016 budget done. With few exceptions, everything else has been cancelled.
Election coverage continues, and discussion of the 2016 city budget is ramping up. Continue reading Saturday morning news roundup: election, budget, parental leave, jail
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.
This afternoon, the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee held a meeting, the entire purpose of which was to provide a forum for public comments on the renewal of Comcast’s franchise agreement with the City of Seattle to provide cable services. And comments they surely received.
Since yesterday was Veterans Day, no election ballot counting happened. Counting resumes today, with another update late this afternoon. Just a trickle of election news coverage in the last day. Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, KING 5 Continue reading Thursday morning news roundup: election, housing, SPD
Last week’s election continues to dominate the news coverage of the City Council. The latest vote tally shows the District 1 race to be a dead-heat, with the candidates separated by only 6 votes. Seattle P-I, Cascadia Advocate.