NCIS briefing Tuesday afternoon: don’t forget to bring popcorn

Tuesday afternoon, in a joint meeting of two committees, the Council will get briefed by representatives of Seattle City Light, Seattle Public Utilities, the newly-formed Department of IT, and an outside consultant on the NCIS billing and customer service IT system that is very late and very over budget. And going by the published materials they have submitted in advance, they have drastically misread the situation and it’s going to be a bloodbath.

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News roundup: yeah, more arena coverage…

Good morning!  Bertha has dug 148 feet under the Viaduct. But hey, who’s counting… Everyone is still writing about Monday’s Council vote to reject a street vacation for the SOD Arena, including The Inquisitr, Bleacher Report, Sportsnet, Crosscut, MyNorthwest, KING5, NWProgressive, Emerald City Swagger, Tacoma News-Tribune, and the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.  Also, ABC/ESPN reports that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has joined the conversation. The Stranger and West Seattle Blog cover the Council’s approval Monday of the 2016 Housing Levy. Seattle Times reports that the Swedish Cherry Hill campus master plan is headed to the full Council for a vote on Monday.

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Who owes SPD a lot of money?

This is a followup to last week’s briefing on SPD’s overtime audit. In a side note, it was pointed out that SPD bills event organizers after the fact for police services, but has poor follow-through on collecting on those bill. Council member Burgess had asked SPD for a list of the organizations with the biggest outstanding bills, and noted that it was interesting to see who owes SPD money — and particularly how many federal government agencies made the list. Burgess’s office gave me a copy of the list, and it is indeed interesting.

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