The Youth Services Center got its permit. Here’s why.

This morning the Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) released its highly-anticipated decision on King County’s permit application to build a replacement Youth Services Center (i.e. combined juvenile court and youth detention facility) in Seattle.

Despite the pleas from many activists who are opposed to a new youth detention center, SDCI approved the permit application. They had to, and therein lies a tale.

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An Interview with Council Member Tim Burgess

Last week Council member Tim Burgess announced that he would not run for re-election next year.  Yesterday I had a thoughtful, far-ranging interview with Burgess, touching on his reasons for making this his last term, reflections on the past year and the political climate in the city, his support for the Mayor, and his plans for 2017 and beyond.

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This week: recess

The City Council is in recess for the next two weeks. Their next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, January 3rd.

I have a handful of topics to post on that are left-over from last week, and I’ll post news as it happens, but expect it to be pretty quiet here for the next two weeks.

Happy holidays!

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