Hunger Games in the King County budget?
It has been a very eventful week in local news, but unfortunately, I have sprained my hand and am unable to type at any length. So until it’s healed, I will be providing a list of links to help keep you informed of the latest developments.
Particular points of interest:
- King County is facing a budget shortage that could result in cutting many crucial upstream programs including gun violence prevention, public health drug prevention and treatment programs, adult and juvenile jail diversion programs, youth programming and job training, public health disease tracking and prevention, and more. Part of this budget gap could be alleviated if the Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services levy, which will be on the ballot in August, is increased from $0.10 per $1,000 of property value to $0.12. The King County Council is scheduled to vote on what level to include in the final ballot measure early next week.
- The Washington State legislative session is over, and the legislature failed to pass a new drug law dealing with the Blake decision. The stop gap law expires in July, and there is talk of a special session happening before then to try to come to some kind of compromise. In the meantime, Seattle City Attorney Ann Davison, along with Seattle CMs Nelson and Pederson, have suggested a new drug law for Seattle, but CM Herbold has said she wants to wait to see what might come from a special session first.
- This week the Urbanist published an article exposing yet more lies that were told around the abandonment of the East Precinct in the summer of 2020.
Resources & Commentary:
Our Full Polling Results on Community Safety Departments
Bail Reform: What to Know and Where to Go for More
“Please Stop on the Teams Chat”: New Records Expose Mayor Durkan’s Role and Others in Abandonment of East Precinct
Proposal to Make Public Drug Use a Misdemeanor Unlikely to Have Much Visible Impact
New public drug use, possession legislation proposed in Seattle
Central Staff memo on new legislation amending the crime of Obstructing a Public Officer to include obstruction of Seattle Fire Department (SFD) firefighters and other fire department personnel.
Annual financial disclosures for Seattle elected officials
The Battle for the Seattle City Council, Part 1: The Incumbents
The Battle for Seattle City Council, Part 2: D1 and D3 Free-for-All
The Battle for Seattle City Council, Part 3: D4 and D5 Scramble
Essential Workers Protest Harrell’s “Insulting” 1 Percent Pay Increase Offer
Here’s why the Lavender Rights Project, county officials, and Seattle’s mayor think this Capitol Hill apartment building is the right place to start a new approach to creating supportive housing and putting a real dent in the homelessness crisis
Edmonds Police Arrested Two Senior Seattle Cops for DUI
King County crisis center measure leads at first vote drop
King County voters approve crisis care centers levy
King County asking for community input on budget cuts after state’s failure to fix county’s broken tax system
Will Voter Approval of Crisis Centers Spur a More Ambitious Vets and Human Services Levy?
WA State Legislature:
Olympia Shatters Plan to Reboot Its War on Drugs
WA Legislature fails to pass new drug law; special session likely
No Clear Path Toward Criminalizing Drugs in Washington
How the implosion of WA’s drug possession law could spell disaster for addiction support services
Washington to invest more in 988 mental health crisis line
The bills that survived Washington’s 2023 legislative session