This week in Council Chambers: September 7-10, 2021

There are a minimal amount of meetings this week, due to the Labor Day holiday Monday and the Council’s observance of Rosh Hashanah on Tuesday. The weekly Council Briefing and full City Council meetings are canceled. Wednesday afternoon, the Community Economic Development Committee meets. It has one item on its agenda: a briefing and public hearing on an ordinance creating a new 15th Avenue East Business Improvement Area. Friday morning, the Finance and Housing Committee meets. The official agenda has not been published yet, but it is expected to include: the Race and Social Justice Initiative annual report from the …

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Compassion Seattle changes mind, appeals ruling after all

Last Friday, after King County Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer removed the “Compassion Seattle” charter amendment from the November ballot, the campaign announced that it would not appeal the ruling given the short amount of time until King County Elections needs to print ballots.  But this morning in a surprising reversal, the campaign went ahead and filed a motion for an emergency stay of Judge Shaffer’s ruling in anticipation of a full appeal to follow.

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King County judge strikes down Compassion Seattle initiative, removing it from November ballot

This afternoon, King County District Court Judge Catherine Shaffer issued a ruling from the bench declaring the proposed “Compassion Seattle” charter amendment, also known as CA29, to be outside the scope of the local initiative/charter amendment process and ordered it removed from the November ballot. UPDATE 8-31-21:  Here is Judge Shaffer’s written ruling.

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U.S. Supreme Court strikes down CDC eviction moratorium, and undermines local moratoriums in the process

The big legal news yesterday was a 6-3 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that dissolved the CDC’s most recent version of a moratorium on evictions during the COVID-19 emergency. That in itself was not surprising, as the Court had signaled earlier in the summer that it was heading in that direction.  But buried in its ruling are two paragraphs that quietly undermine state and local moratoriums as well, including those in effect in Washington and Seattle.

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This week in Council Chambers: August 23-27, 2021

The City Council is in recess until after Labor Day. There are no Council meetings scheduled for this week or next week. SCC Insight will also be taking some time off over the next two weeks; expect reporting on breaking news stories (there will likely be a couple of those) and a smattering of other articles, but we’ll return with regular coverage in September. Stay safe, stay healthy, get vaccinated, and wear a mask. Even if you don’t do it for yourself, do it for the kids and the elderly in your life who still need us to help protect …

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