Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend, and if possible, wait another 24 hours before looking at the weather forecast for the rest of the week…
Since last September, Seattle City Light has been trying to convince the City Council’s Energy and Environment Committee that it should be allowed to join the California Independent Systems Operators (CAISO) Energy Imbalance Market (EIM). On its face, it seems like an easy decision, and if SCL had done a better job on its initial pitch to the Council it might have gone through quickly. But they didn’t, and the Council members asked for more information. As the details have emerged, the case for joining the EIM has become murkier. It’s an interesting case study on the state of the power industry, and it points to some big challenges for Seattle City Light.
Let’s unpack this.
Monday afternoon is all about the police.
Welcome to the weekend — and it’s supposed to be a glorious one.
As the neighborhood MHA upzones have been working their way through the Seattle legislative process, Council member Rob Johnson has held out hope that development projects already in the queue for permits could be enticed to “opt in” to the MHA program, gaining the ability to build bigger structures in return for delivering affordable housing. This afternoon, Johnson announced that his hope is becoming reality, with seven projects in the Downtown-South Lake Union area beginning the process to opt in.
This morning the Council made its final amendments to the police accountability legislation and sent it on its way to final approval at next Monday’s full council meeting.
As the filing deadline approaches, election news is heating up…
This morning the Council held a hearing to continue their deliberations over the proposed soda tax. Most of the time was dedicated to two panels: one of small business owners, and one of government and healthcare professionals.
(trigger warning: math ahead, but not the scary kind)
This morning, the City of Seattle held auctions for a handful of bond issuances. It did very, very well, and that matters.
If you’re one of the three or four people in Seattle who hasn’t announced your candidacy for Mayor, you’ve still got a few more days to file… just sayin’.