The Seattle City Council is fervently “woke,” but disappointingly lax in bringing a important eye and fundamental competence to the occupation of governing our town.
The latest proof of this arrives from a point out Auditor’s report that states council associates employed “only the bare least of accountability and transparency” when they awarded a $3 million no-bid deal to perform analysis aimed at identifying community basic safety paying out priorities. This was in 2020 when the council was providing serious thought to defunding the police.
The council bent more than backwards to give the contract to a distinct activist team that experienced lobbied them for the occupation and overrode a veto from Mayor Jenny Durkan who thought, probably rightly, that the perform could have been accomplished for substantially significantly less funds. What the public got for this extravagant expenditure of their tax bucks was a extra fat report — 1,300 webpages! — that was skinny on new insights and intensely padded with 1,100 pages of reprints, more mature publications and subcontractors’ experiences.
It is a person issue to go after progressive goals, these as law enforcement reform or resolution of the homelessness crisis, and really a further to frantically throw revenue at any activist group that lobbies the council or packs a general public conference to loudly present a checklist of requires. It furthers no superior induce if scarce funding gets directed at sincere folks — or charlatans — that are not able to do the task, especially if the council is incapable of executing simple oversight.
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