This week in Council Chamber

Happy Independence Day! With the holiday, the usual Monday meetings have been moved to Tuesday, and the usual Tuesday committee meetings will be on Friday. Tuesday morning’s Council Briefing should be brief — there are no presentations scheduled.  Tuesday afternoon’s Full Council meeting should also be short as there is only one legislative matter on the agenda and it’s expected to sail through with little discussion and no controversy. On the other hand, this week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar is packed with new legislation, including: a resolution beginning the hearing process for Swedish Health Services’ application for an alley vacation …

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News roundup: guns, homeless, and the Jungle

  Crosscut has a great summary of the highlights from yesterday’s #SEAHomeless media-blitz. Q13, MyNorthwest and Guns.com cover the blowback on the Council’s decision this week to require SPD to destroy surplus guns rather than resell them. Q13 discusses the Jungle with Mayor Ed Murray. MyNorthwest reports on public comment from the joint Seattle/King County hearing on humans services, homelessness and the opioid addiction epidemic. SeattleMet reports on the dubious report delivered by an industry consultant to the Council last week on the topic of secure scheduling.

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It’s Time for New Leadership on the Homelessness Crisis

In this gig, I spend far more time reading and listening than I do writing, and over the last several months much of that  time has been spent learning about homelessness and how people are trying to address it. It’s a big, complicated problem, but the way we talk about it and let ourselves get rat-holed in side issues has given it an aura of intractability. Seattle is a city with money, resources, skilled people, and lots and lots of compassion. There is no reason our city can’t make a dent in our homelessness problem. And yet, over the past …

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