It’s one of those “a little bit of everything” days in local political news.
This afternoon, SDOT gave the City Council an update on the city’s “Vision Zero” initiative to achieve zero annual traffic fatalities. The bad news is that there has been little progress in the last several years. The good news is that SDOT has some new ideas for how to change that.
The political feud over the Mayor’s nomination for HSD Director, and more! Welcome to Tuesday.
This afternoon, the City Council passed into law an ordinance that would authorize the Seattle Police Department to offer hiring bonuses to new recruits as well as “lateral hires” from other jurisdictions.
By a 3-5 vote, the Council narrowly defeated Council member Sawant’s effort to send Mayor Durkan’s nomination for HSD Director back to her for a do-over. But that doesn’t mean the nomination has a clear path forward to confirmation.
A few heated moments, lots of speeches, and some new information about upcoming meetings.
In case you were wondering, the beautiful weekend did nothing to mitigate Seattle’s divisive politics.
Some fireworks Monday afternoon.
A new report published by the City of Seattle shows that home internet access has become nearly universal, though some disparities remain.
The Downtown Seattle Association, a local advocacy group boasting 2,000 corporate, nonprofit and residential members, has published a report on downtown construction in 2018, and what we can expect for the next 2+ years.