MONDAY: City Council to vote on 2020 budget changes, including SPD cuts

Tomorrow, in two meetings, the City Council is set to finalize changes to the pandemic-battered 2020 budget, including proposed cuts to the Seattle Police Department. First they meet as the Select Budget Committee at 10 am; here’s that agenda. Then the final vote is set for the afternoon council meeting at 2 pm; that agenda is here. Both agendas have information on how to watch as well as how to comment, via email as well as “live” during the meeting (signups for those comment periods start two hours before the meetings – so, at 8 am and noon).

15 Replies to "MONDAY: City Council to vote on 2020 budget changes, including SPD cuts"

  • A August 9, 2020 (8:21 pm)

    There was a great pro police rally at city hall today. I hope the council was paying attention. Not everyone in this city wants to neuter our police force. Most of us support the police/first responders. When everyone runs away from a terrible situation, they run in. They are heroes, not villains. Thank you police! Most of us love and support you! Also, there were counter protestors harassing the cops and the pro police crowd today. They were filmed burning an American flag across the street from city hall. Pretty sad group of people with lots of anger/hate in their hearts. I hope the city council has some sanity left and sides with the majority of it’s citizens and supports our police and not people who burn the American flag

    • August 9, 2020 (9:51 pm)

      Thank you, I agree.  I’m concerned that the council listens more to protestors and seems not interested in other viewpoints.

    • Uh huh August 10, 2020 (3:01 am)

      The rally today was a bunch of cops, their families, and other clearly biased individuals who simply want to keep their jobs. It hardly represented locals or any kind of majority.The true majority is the vast number of people who came out for BLM marches, which if you’ll recall even the neighborhood ones like ours in West Seattle were much larger (and actually local) group of people. 

    • DefundNow August 10, 2020 (7:40 am)

      Sure was great to see those off-duty cops aligned with the racist Proud Boys.  And shockingly the police were nowhere to be found on Capitol HIll for the illegal and maskless right-wing prayer session.  Makes you wonder….

    • Lagartija Nick August 10, 2020 (8:02 am)

      A pro police rally organized by SPOG, attended by less than 2,000? Yeah, that doesn’t really say ‘majority grass roots support”. Over 60,000 people marched down Rainier Ave a month ago in support of BLM. 

      • Michael Waldo August 10, 2020 (11:09 am)

        60,000 marching is a majority grass roots support?Seattle population is 750,000.If I do my match correct, that is not a majority.Cities should not enact policies based on mob rule.

        • Lagartija Nick August 10, 2020 (12:45 pm)

          Unlike the OP I never said it was a majority. But 60,000 is definitely a whole lot more than the couple thousand from yesterday. 

  • Mr J August 9, 2020 (8:50 pm)

    Yeah the Proud Boys were there, nothing wrong with racist thugs backing the police. Also, biting the flag is a valid time honored for of protest. You might not think that way if you’ve never been marginalized in society. 

    • John August 9, 2020 (10:25 pm)

      Wow. “Biting” the flag? Leave that one to the dogs.

  • Mark August 9, 2020 (8:57 pm)

    If Trump gets re-elected Seattle and Portland will be Exhibit ‘A’.

  • wseaturtle August 9, 2020 (9:04 pm)

    I support the Police.  Most are heroes, but there’s a few villians too.  After decades of lip service, it’s time for some real changes. 

  • B. August 9, 2020 (9:54 pm)

    I would have been there if not for Covid. Letters have been written  to Lisa Herbold and no response back. Frustrating!!October 2019 just before the election she committed to building and supporting the SPD!!!

  • B. August 9, 2020 (9:54 pm)

    Lisa Herbold :October 2019 just before the election she committed to building and supporting the SPD!!!

  • Huck August 9, 2020 (10:12 pm)

    Support the blue!

  • James August 10, 2020 (9:02 am)

    Saw this on my morning walk. Seems there’s some people in this city that support the police

Sorry, comment time is over.