This year the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has heard two challenges to the City of Seattle’s ordinance authorizing collective bargaining for Uber and Lyft drivers. One was filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the other by a group of Uber and Lyft drivers. After back-to-back oral arguments in February, the appeals court ruled on the Chamber of Commerce case in May; it found that the ordinance was not exempt from the Sherman Antitrust Act. Today it handed down its ruling in the second case, affirming the district court’s dismissal of the case — a win for the city.
Yesterday the City of Seattle filed a motion to dismiss one of two lawsuits filed against it that alleged the City Council and Mayor violated the Open Public Meetings Act when they repealed the head tax.
I hope y’all had fun at the Pearl Jam concert last night. Admit it: either you went, or you wish you had.
On to the news.
This afternoon the City Council gave a master class in what happens when a land-use bill is rushed through the legislative process.
Continue reading “Save the Showbox” ordinance moves out of committee, despite big questions
This morning the City Council moved Carmen Best’s nomination as Chief of Police out of committee, setting her up for an easy confirmation vote on Monday — though there’s a hint that it might not be unanimous.
I hope you enjoyed Seattle’s “Night Out” and spent some time with your neighbors (before coming inside to obsess about election results).
It’s election day! Don’t forget to drop your ballot in the mail so it gets postmarked today, or in a ballot drop box by 8pm!
Five City Council members sent a letter to three of their counterparts on the King County Council, asking them to spend more lodging tax revenues on affordable housing.
The big debates today were around Council member Sawant’s two bills that she introduced this afternoon. But here’s what else happened.
This afternoon Council member Kshama Sawant introduced two bills: a resolution related to EMT wages, and an ordinance to save the Showbox. She wanted to get the resolution passed this afternoon and the ordinance next Monday, but the her colleagues on the Council had other thoughts.