“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon.” - Dr. Seuss
by Michael Sarko
- The Capitol Hill Times -
Mayor McGinn presented his proposed budget to Seattle City Council on Monday. The budget reflects what the mayor believes is a time of improvement and recovery in Seattle’s economy, increasing funding for the Seattle Police Department, social services programming, many of the initiatives and committees that McGinn created and promoted during his time in office, as well as Rainy Day Fund and emergency finances. There are already rumblings in City Council suggesting that it won’t be smooth sailing for the mayor’s budget. Councilmember Tim Burgess, who chairs the council’s Budget Committee, released a statement on Monday saying, “Mayor McGinn has proposed some significant increases in spending, but has yet to provide evidence that those increases would be an effective use of taxpayer dollars.” For those who want to determine the budget’s efficiency themselves, there is a public budget hearing at City Hall on October 3.
Seattle just got a new list of crimes (sort of). Prompted by the urging of Seattle City Attorney Peter Holmes, City Council passed a bill this week that brings a number of state misdemeanors into the Seattle Municipal Code. This includes everything from disarming a police officer, to individuals selling food stamps, to assault with sexual intent. Bringing these crimes into the Municipal Code permits the City Attorney’s office to prosecute them in Seattle Municipal Court.
The City wants to put more people to work in construction, especially people who are less likely to seek jobs in the field. Council Resolution 31485 creates a committee that will develop a report concerning how to engage women, people of color, and other individuals typically marginalized in the construction business. The City has already spent the past year trying to generate interest in construction careers through other discussions and programs. This most recent resolution has wide support within the local government.