This morning, Council President Bruce Harrell announced that he will not be running for re-election this year.
This afternoon, Council member Tim Burgess finally responded to my week’s worth of inquiries and explained why the proposed legislation creating a tax on distribution of sweetened beverages is being rushed through the legislative process despite obvious differences of opinion among Council members, the Mayor, community members, and business and labor leaders on major aspects of the legislation and indeed whether the tax should even be levied.
It turns out Burgess’s explanation makes some sense, even if it may not fully justify the final sprint to the finish line.
I stopped grieving long enough to write a few thoughts on yesterday’s election, and what I think it means locally.
In this morning’s news: Lisa Herbold won the recount, the Council wants a better franchise deal from Comcast, the SODO arena politics get nasty, and Uber’s paid spokesperson says a union is unnecessary because working for them is a dream job.
City council new coverage this morning includes the continuing election aftermath punditry, plus reporting on outcomes of the 2016 budget and other Council actions this week.
News coverage today is dominated by the election results certification, and by the swearing in of Lorena Gonzalez. Continue reading Wednesday news roundup
This morning’s news covers yesterday’s budget approval, election results, and municipal broadband. Continue reading Tuesday morning news roundup
It’s fairly quiet on the news front this morning. Continue reading Monday morning news roundup
Council member Okamoto’s temporary position on the Council concludes next Tuesday — the day that the election results are certified. Today he posted on the Council Connection blog a farewell, tongue firmly-in-cheek, to his fellow Council members. Totally worth a read.
News coverage continues to trickle in on the election earlier this month, and on Monday’s budget showdown. Continue reading Wednesday morning news roundup: election aftermath