With the budget and the Thanksgiving holiday behind them, the Council members get back to work this week on a variety of legislative efforts.
The City Council only meets two days this holiday week, but they will be very busy ones.
Good morning, and happy Monday! Let’s get to the news — and remember to vote!
A smattering of news coverage this morning, including discussion of affordable housing.
Good morning! Bertha has dug 148 feet under the Viaduct. But hey, who’s counting…
Everyone is still writing about Monday’s Council vote to reject a street vacation for the SOD Arena, including The Inquisitr, Bleacher Report, Sportsnet, Crosscut, MyNorthwest, KING5, NWProgressive, Emerald City Swagger, Tacoma News-Tribune, and the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Also, ABC/ESPN reports that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has joined the conversation.
Seattle Times reports that the Swedish Cherry Hill campus master plan is headed to the full Council for a vote on Monday.
Even though other interesting things happened, there’s only one story in town this morning: the Council’s vote on the SODO Arena plan yesterday.
Seattle Times, The Stranger, KUOW, KING5, SeattleMet, KGW Portland, the Bellingham Herald, Reuters, SB Nation, La-Kabylie, Portland Business Journal, MyNorthwest, Arena Digest, Lucena Informacion, Crosscut, Curbed, Field of Schemes, Real GM Basketball, The Fourth Period, and the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce all report on the Council’s vote to reject vacating part of Occidental Avenue for the proposed SODO Arena.
Believe it or not, something else of consequence happened in the same Council meeting: the Council voted to send the $290 million 2016 Housing Levy to the ballot in August. KUOW and Seattle Times report on the vote.
This afternoon the City Council approved the 2016 Housing Levy.
The week kicks off with a Full Council meeting that will draw some headlines. Then the Council kicks off a bunch of budget work.
Lots of things are happening this week in Council chambers, including a hearing and possible vote on the SODO Arena street vacation, a report on the impact of the increased minimum wage, and amendments to the 2016 Housing Levy.
This morning Council member Lisa Herbold organized a presentation and discussion on an aspect of affordable housing that has been chronically under-discussed and under-funded: preservation of existing affordable housing.