This evening Council member Kshama Sawant held a special meeting (video) of her Human Services, Equitable Development, and Renter Rights Committee. According to the agenda, the meeting was to discuss “Human Service Department (HSD) funding cuts to the women’s homeless service programs operated by the Women’s Housing, Equality, and Enhancement League (WHEEL) and the Women’s Referral Center.” And it was, but not quite the way you’d expect.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez ruled against the ACLU on two motions it had filed in its case against the city and WSDOT over the ongoing “sweeps” of unsanctioned homeless encampments.
Local media have been buzzing this week with reports that Council member Mike O’Brien would introduce a law that relaxes parking restrictions for homeless people using a vehicle (including cars and RVs) for shelter. This afternoon, O’Brien did just that.
Welcome to the weekend!
It looks to be a busy week, as the Council simultaneously kicks off the 2017–2018 budget development process and wraps up work on everything else.
The pending secure scheduling ordinance, and a move to lower speed limits, highlight today’s news.
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.
Lots going on this morning.
Crosscut has a great summary of the highlights from yesterday’s #SEAHomeless media-blitz.
Q13 discusses the Jungle with Mayor Ed Murray.
MyNorthwest reports on public comment from the joint Seattle/King County hearing on humans services, homelessness and the opioid addiction epidemic.
SeattleMet reports on the dubious report delivered by an industry consultant to the Council last week on the topic of secure scheduling.
Lots of SPD news this morning. Plus the Mayor’s announcement of a new homeless shelter.