Dick Lilly is a former Seattle Times reporter who covered local government from the neighborhoods to City Hall and Seattle Public Schools. He later served as a public information officer and planner for Seattle Public Utilities, with a stint in the mayor’s office as press secretary for Mayor Paul Schell. He has written on politics for Crosscut.com and the Seattle Times as well as Post Alley.
Simply put, Seattle needs a police department large and smart enough (and openly responsive to review by the city’s Office of Police Accountability and Community Police Commission and others) to investigate and arrest those involved.
Remember Google’s early motto: “Don’t be evil”? With superintelligence they might be. And there’s Facebook’s motto, “Move fast and break things.” They’re racing to develop superintelligence and this kind of thinking still animates the tech companies. With AI they’re pretty likely to break things.
And how many street parking places have been lost in recent years to bike lanes and bus lanes, desirable as they may be? With nearly nothing available at the curb, parking costs probably deter a lot of people from even thinking about shopping downtown.
Most notably, after two years of variations on “defund the police” pushed by activists and most on the council, Harrell reassured Seattleites that the city would “enforce criminal laws” including “organized retail theft” while “wholly committed to avoiding the mistakes of the past.”
But at heart the Swiss program is very different. School for first graders is roughly 8 a.m. to noon which includes a 25-minute snack-time/recess. Then it’s walk home for lunch and back to school just two afternoons a week for classes between 1:45 and 3:20.