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.
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.
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-I, KIRO 7 , Crosscut, Seattle Globalist, KPLU,
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 ).
This afternoon’s full Council meeting, as expected, was all about the two agenda items related to commercial and residential linkage fees.
The City Council’s regular Monday morning briefing was split into two parts this morning: a review of upcoming items, and a presentation from the Office of Intergovernmental Relations on the State of Washington’s upcoming legislative session in preparation for finalizing the city’s legislative agenda.