Sound Transit is sooo excited about accountability
Happening in Olympia
State Senator Steve O’Ban will once again introduce legislation to provide much needed car tab relief that came with ST3. “It’s been so frustrating what we’ve seen for all the money that’s been authorized to Sound Transit, and I don’t expect them to be any more accountable and frugal than we’ve seen over the last 25 years,” O’Ban said. Along with car tab relief, O’Ban also wants to bring accountability to Sound Transit, by making each board member position directly elected by the people. (My Northwest)
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is moving forward with a $160 million tax on downtown property owners to pay for a renovation of the waterfront. The city’s new local improvements district tax, or LID, would be paired with a city contribution of $249 million, the state $193 million and private donations of $110 million. “It is incredibly rare that a city has a chance to take on a project in a built environment like ours that will totally transform that city,” Durkan said. (Seattle Times)
In front of a packed courtroom, Mary Robnett was sworn in as Pierce County’s next prosecutor. Robnett has been preparing for the transition for the past two months and is eager to get to work. “I hope that I will still be able to get into court and do some work, because I love doing it,” she said. (The News Tribune)
Mayor Jenny Durkan had a busy Monday. Yesterday she also announced the creation and hiring of a “Director of Citywide Mobile Operations Coordination” position. Durkan cited the viaduct construction and waterfront renovation as factors in her decision. “But this also marks the beginning of a period of significant mobility challenges that will require coordinated, efficient response that delivers for the people of Seattle,” said Mayor Durkan. (My Northwest)
Spokane County Commissioner Al French says is hoping to bring a new jail to the region. “The goal is to have something concrete, defined, this year,” said French, who chairs the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council and its facilities committee. The commissioners have yet to bring up options for how they plan to pay for the new jail. (Spokesman Review)
Pasco city police will be the first in the Tri-Cities to dawn body cameras to record what happens when they get called by the public. The footage can be used in criminal cases in court or in instances regarding officer involved shootings. Following the conclusion of each shift, officers will dock the cameras and upload the footage to a central computer. (Tri-City Herald)
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