Spokane Valley council will end all public comment if any person speaks too long.
Happening In Olympia
During the 2019 session, legislators passed a law that allows cities and counties to keep some of its sales tax revenue if the money goes towards housing. On Wednesday, the King County Council passed an ordinance that will allow the county to keep $100 million that will be spent on affordable housing. (MyNorthwest)
Due to government actions that make living in the city less appealing, Seattle is the only major U.S. city to see a decline in housing prices compared to last year. Seattle prices are down 4.3% while prices in Pierce County climbed 6% and Pierce County rose 1.1%. (Seattle Times)
The union for the Centralia paraeducators (“part-time” educators) held a rally outside the school district administration asking for higher pay. A representative said the rally does not necessarily mean they are planning to strike. (The Daily Chronicle)
Add Spokane Valley to the list of city councils that has difficulties with public comments during their meetings. After a citizen refused to wrap up their remarks when their time expired, the council announced a significant rule change. At future council meetings, all public comments will be shut down if any one person goes over the time limit. Mayor Rod Higgins said, “People are treating public comment as a right under state law, it’s not a right, we permit it.” (Spokesman Review)
After turning down a 7.5% pay raise, Kennewick Teachers continue their illegal strike. Classes for nearly 20,000 students were cancelled again for Wednesday. In Ellensburg, the teachers’ union is planning to go on strike next Tuesday if a contact agreement is not reached. (YakTriNews.com).
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