This afternoon, the Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee held a meeting, the entire purpose of which was to provide a forum for public comments on the renewal of Comcast’s franchise agreement with the City of Seattle to provide cable services. And comments they surely received.
Since yesterday was Veterans Day, no election ballot counting happened. Counting resumes today, with another update late this afternoon. Just a trickle of election news coverage in the last day. Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, KING 5 Continue reading Thursday morning news roundup: election, housing, SPD
Last week’s election continues to dominate the news coverage of the City Council. The latest vote tally shows the District 1 race to be a dead-heat, with the candidates separated by only 6 votes. Seattle P-I, Cascadia Advocate.
On Thursday at 2:00pm, the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee will consider renewal of its franchise agreement with Comcast. A summary of the terms of the renewal is here. The full franchise agreement is here. The franchise agreement allows Comcast to offer “cable services” within the city limits, which for the purposes of this agreement just includes their video content (not Internet access). That doesn’t mean Comcast is planning to stop offering Internet; it just means that internet access is covered in a separate franchise agreement.
There is still plenty of coverage of last week’s City Council election, particularly of positions 1 and 2 where the race has tightened while ballots continue to be counted. Seattle P-I, KIRO 7 , Crosscut, Seattle Globalist, KPLU,
Geek Wire has an article about the debate over whether Seattle should spend $5 million to pilot a municipal broadband program. This proposal generated a significant amount of discussion on Oct. 29th during the council’s budget review meetings (video – jump to 41:50 ).
This afternoon’s full Council meeting, as expected, was all about the two agenda items related to commercial and residential linkage fees.
The City Council’s regular Monday morning briefing was split into two parts this morning: a review of upcoming items, and a presentation from the Office of Intergovernmental Relations on the State of Washington’s upcoming legislative session in preparation for finalizing the city’s legislative agenda.
On Monday, the City Council meets for its usual morning briefing and afternoon full council meeting.
It was a very busy week for the City Council, even if their regular Monday meeting didn’t seem so.
As expected, there has been much coverage of the Seattle City council election. Lots of speculation (but little consensus) about what the new look of the City Council will mean for Seattle. Here are links for your reading pleasure:
Seattle Times: Seattle City Council to be younger, more female, diverse
Seattle Times: Urbanists appear to be big winners in Seattle election
The Stranger: New Ballot Count Shows…
Counter Currents: Kshama Sawant re-elected: Seattle’s political revolution continues