In this morning’s council briefing, Council member Harrell gave an update on the negotiations with Comcast since the revelation last week that Philadelphia had negotiated a better deal. He said that Comcast has sent a letter agreeing to provide additional benefits, including service discounts to low-income seniors. Harrell will present the letter (which the City Attorney says is legally binding)when the franchise agreement comes up for vote in this afternoon’s full council meeting, and his belief is that the Council should go ahead and approve the franchise agreement.
The morning news coverage is dominated by continuing fallout from the discovery that Philadelphia negotiated a better deal than Seattle with Comcast as part of their franchise renewal agreement. Continue reading Morning news: Comcast agreement reboot
This week the City Council will be very busy as it continues to catch up from the post-budget backlog and tie things up before the end of the year (and several Council members leave office). Several committee meetings are scheduled. Continue reading This week at the City Council: busy!
In this morning’s news: Lisa Herbold won the recount, the Council wants a better franchise deal from Comcast, the SODO arena politics get nasty, and Uber’s paid spokesperson says a union is unnecessary because working for them is a dream job.
Police overtime and the substantial cost to the city in 2015 was the major topic at today’s Finance and Culture Committee meeting. Continue reading Police overtime cost Seattle this year
In the news today: people sounding off about the City Council’s bill to allow Uber drivers to unionize.
City council new coverage this morning includes the continuing election aftermath punditry, plus reporting on outcomes of the 2016 budget and other Council actions this week.
The Comcast franchise renewal agreement, which was first presented last month in the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, was passed out of committee today to be approved by the full Council next Monday.
Every 3-5 years, the city’s Emergency Management Plan gets updated in pieces. Three of those pieces came in front of the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee for approval today.
The Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee today discussed Council Bill 118585, which addresses wage theft and other unfair labor practices. Continue reading Council committee takes up wage theft enforcement