While it’s obvious that Council member Kshama Sawant is working from a different playbook than all of her colleagues on the Seattle City Council, most people don’t understand the strategy that drives her activities. Fortunately, she explained it recently in a public talk.
The City Council wraps up its August recess this week, so no meetings, but as we learned last week several Council members are still in town and shaking things up behind the scenes.
If the Mayor makes any announcements this coming week we’ll probably hear a Council response, otherwise expect it to be quiet until things resume after Labor Day.
Filed under “well that didn’t take long…”
This morning I posted a piece on the Council’s new strategy of defining a “cause of action” for people suing the city in order to drive police accountability. At the end of the article I suggested that the Council might see fit to use the same approach to stop homeless sweeps.
This afternoon, five groups who advocate for the homeless proposed exactly that — and much more.
Three City Council members have quietly launched a new offensive in the fight for police accountability: making it easier for people to sue the city for police misconduct.
Last Wednesday the Council returned to the question of unionizing Uber and Lyft drivers. It’s still a mess, and the Mayor is making it worse.
The City Council is in recess this week (and next week). But since they covered so much ground last week, I’ll be catching up on all the things I missed while they were out.
The City Council this afternoon approved a resolution giving guidance to the city on a potential path to a new North Precinct police station. It was a chaotic meeting where most of the Council’s rules of decorum were obliterated by an angry group of #BlackLivesMatter and #BlockTheBunker protesters.
Council member Lorena Gonzalez earned her pay this month. After she and Council member Debora Juarez met last week with representatives of the #BlockTheBunker group, and listening to the concerns of her colleagues on the Council, she appears to have found a path forward for the North Precinct station project that a supermajority of the Council can get behind.
In their last full meeting before their August recess, the City Council will tackle several important matters.
Here is a draft of the resolution that Council member Lorena Gonzalez is writing to provide guidance on moving forward with the North Precinct project.