Wednesday news roundup

Thank you to all veterans for your courageous service to our country. While the United States of America hasn’t yet become the “more perfect union” that we all strive for, the sacrifices that you and you families have made grant us the opportunity to keep trying — and for that we should all be grateful. PSA: COVID cases are rising at a dangerous rate. Please wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and limit large social gatherings; you’ll be saving lives. Here’s the news.

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Mosqueda unveils 2021 budget balancing package

This afternoon, Council budget chair Teresa Mosqueda rolled out her “balancing package,” a collection of changes to the Mayor’s 2021 proposed budget that address Council members’ consensus priorities, while keeping the overall budget balanced as required by law. The package follows through with the cuts to SPD they proposed two weeks ago, and it cuts Mayor’s Durkan’s $100 million Equitable Communities Initiative down to $30 million. Shortly after it was released, Durkan issued a press release… largely praising it. Wait, what was that again?  

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City responds to BLM contempt allegations

Earlier this week, the City of Seattle filed its response to allegations from Black Lives Matter and the ACLU that it should be held in contempt for violating a preliminary injunction placing restrictions on SPD’s use of crowd-control weapons. The city’s response is a strong defense to the contempt charge, but it raises many additional questions about the way that SPD handles protests.  

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