Yesterday’s committee hearing on homeless encampment sweeps tops the news this morning.
Yesterday morning the Council had its first substantive discussion on the merits of the bill introduced earlier this month to rewrite the city’s protocol for clearing unsanctioned homeless encampments. While yesterday’s meeting was intended to be just a forum for discussion with no decisions, it nevertheless highlighted just how much work needs to be done on the details of the bill before it’s ready for adoption – and how unlikely that work will be finished before the Council’s self-imposed deadline of the end of the month.
In the aftermath of the passage of the secure scheduling ordinance, the media has turned to speculating on what it means. Plus lawsuits on the illegal tree cutting in West Seattle, and more.
Parking was on the agenda at yesterday afternoon’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee meeting. As always, people had strong opinions and some fault lines were laid bare.
After an exhausting summer tour through all of the Council’s many committees, the 2035 Comprehensive Plan is one step away from final adoption. Yesterday the Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee made its final amendments to the document, and voted to approve it out of committee.
Since this week’s Full Council meeting was adjourned early due to a protest, there is a backlog of items for next Monday’s meeting and the Comprehensive Plan will be put on the agenda for October 10th instead.
A smattering of stories and op-eds across the spectrum today.
Eight days ago, city employees discovered a second vulnerability in the new NCIS billing system for Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light, which exposed customers’ private information. The city still has not publicly disclosed this incident, in violation of its own policy.
Yesterday’s Council vote to ratify the secure scheduling ordinance tops the news today.
This afternoon the full City Council voted 9-0 to approve the proposed “secure scheduling” ordinance.
Here are some quick hits from this morning’s weekly Council Briefing.
Council President Harrell noted that this week’s Education, Equity and Governance Committee will have a presentation from the FTC on combatting fraud in the African-American and Latino communities. Also, the Seattle Election and Ethics Commission will discuss their plan to roll out the Democracy Voucher Program.
Council member Sawant mentioned that there are openings on the Seattle City Light customer review panel; in particular they are looking for a residential customer and someone with strong environmental advocacy interests.
Sawant also said that at the next Energy and Environment Committee meeting on September 27th she plans to hold a vote on the proposed ordinance capping move-in fees for tenants.
Council member Gonzalez noted that she might schedule a special set of GESCNA committee meetings if Judge Robard gives his approval for police accountability legislation.
Council member Bagshaw’s Human Services and Public Health Committee will have special meetings this Thursday and next Tuesday as it works through legislation addressing unsanctioned homeless encampments. Meanwhile, the encampment task force created by her and Mayor Murray meets the next two Wednesday evenings at 6pm in the Bertha Knight Landes Room in City Hall.