The City is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for their Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program. You have the opportunity to comment on the “scoping” of the EIS, to suggest what issues the City should address. The Eastlake Community Council has prepared an excellent briefing on scoping issues. Please read it, then email your comments by 5:00 PM on Friday, Sept. 9. (Eastlake CC asks that you send additional suggestions to them at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Archives for August 2016
— Ansel Herz (@Ansel) August 23, 2016
Thursday, September 15 at 2:00 in the afternoon, the Seattle City Council committee on Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) will hold its one public hearing for something called the 2035 Comprehensive Plan. This is the core planning document for the city for the next 20 years – the policy basis for municipal legislation like the Land Use Code. The Comp Plan will guide what gets built and where, determining what our city will look like, and what it will be like to live in, far into the future.
The outburst of opposition to building the North Precinct “Police Bunker” was more than a protest against an overly expensive municipal construction project. It was more, even, than a protest against police abuse of racial minorities in Seattle.
The #BlockTheBunker campaign is a local expression of a national agenda that aims to deliver power to Black people and communities, and to remedy deep social grievances with origins stretching back centuries. The agenda was codified in 2015, when a national collective of more than 50 organizations called “The Movement for Black Lives” came together in Cleveland, Ohio. In the year since that convening, the group’s “Policy Table” has created a “platform” called A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom, and Justice, which was released nationally on Monday, August 1, 2016.
The Community Police Commission just won a huge victory. On Monday, August 15, Federal judge James Robart cleared the way for the City Council to consider legislation that will create a permanent civilian oversight structure for the Seattle Police Department. This decision is the culmination of a 5-year struggle during which the Commission has fought with the judge, the Mayor, and the powerful police union.
Immediately following the judge’s decision, the Commissioners spoke to the public via “Facebook Live” from the steps of the courthouse. (This is an innovative and powerful use of this new service!)