Burgess releases alternative bill to cut ties with Wells Fargo

Earlier this month, Council member Tim Burgess let it be known that he was working on an alternative version of a bill, introduced by Council member Kshama Sawant, that cuts the city’s ties with Wells Fargo and raises the bar for the “social responsible business practices” of the city’s banking services vendors. This morning he shared his version with his fellow Council members and the public. And in a surprise move, Sawant embraced it.

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Council gets a Pathways Home update, and the news is not great

On September 8th, the Mayor rolled out the city’s Pathways Home plan to address the homeless crisis. It’s almost five months later, and last week the Council got its first status update on how things are coming along.

Short answer: they’ve been doing a lot of talking with their partners and with the public, they’ve made a few decisions, but very little has happened that actually makes things better for homeless people in our city.

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The One Night Count Happened, And Now We Wait… And Wait

Last Friday morning, Seattle and King County did its annual “One Night Count” of homeless people living here. A lot changed from last year in the way they performed the count, which partially explains why you haven’t heard a result yet. Here’s what the City Council was told about it last week.

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Understanding Trump’s “sanctuary city” executive order

Today President Trump signed an executive order which, as promised, proposes to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities.” And Mayor Murray, along with some Council members, stood their ground.

Back in November I wrote a summary of what the city could lose in federal funding, but at the time is was difficult to tell whether Trump would really follow through, and if so how he would structure such an order. Now that he’s clarified that, it’s time to examine exactly what his executive order, and the local and federal laws, say.

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