A couple of notable bills were passed this afternoon, and some useful intelligence was shared this morning. Check it out.
Last week, when it became known that Mayor Durkan had hired an outside consultant firm to develop a Court-ordered methodology for assessing the city’s police accountability regime, there was near-instant backlash from 24 community groups as well as the Community Police Commission. Today, three City Council members jumped on that bandwagon.
Today the state Court of Appeals released a decision in the appeal of the City of Seattle’s income tax. While it ultimately agreed with the King County Superior Court judge that the income tax is prohibited, it did so on a completely different basis — one that makes an appeal to the state Supreme Court inevitable but messier.
Pour yourself a stiff drink; you’re going to need it.
Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful Pacific Northwest weekend.
Here’s what’s on the agenda this week for the City Council.
If you felt the earth shake beneath you at 3am… that had nothing to do with the upcoming City Council elections.
This morning, the Council passed out of committee an ordinance that would require the Human Services Department to build in annual inflation adjustments into its human-services contracts.
In a unanimous opinion, the Washington State Supreme Court has upheld the legality of Seattle’s “Democracy Vouchers” program.
Lots of discussion of the city’s “emphasis patrols.”
This afternoon, the City of Seattle filed a motion in U.S. District Court asking for a one-month extension to its July 15th deadline to tell Judge James Robert how it intends to assess the police accountability regime and how it will come back into compliance with the Consent Decree after Robart found it out of compliance in May.