There are two Seattle City Council committee meetings happening today that no self-respecting, minutiae obsessed, City Hall cheerleader watch dog will want to miss. Simply everyone will be gabbing about them later!
First up: At 9:00 a.m. (otherwise known as NOW), the council's Government Performance and Finance Committee will be amending and voting on Mike O'Brien's controversial campaign finance legislation, which would prohibit incumbents from hoarding huge amounts of cash and transferring it from one election to the next, as well as bar all city candidates from starting their fundraising efforts until January 1 of their election year. The measure will need a full council vote to become law.
Then: At 2:00 p.m., the council's public safety committee will hold its first discussion on legislation that would prevent employers from denying jobs to otherwise qualified candidates based solely on their criminal record.
Also during the meeting, I've heard the Seattle Human Rights Commission will ask city council members to refer the Donald Fuller incident—the man who was allegedly retaliated against for complaining about an SPD officer—to the city attorney's office. This meeting is bound to generate fascinating/enraging public comment.