“Pretty disheartening on a number of levels” and “a circus act” were the ways two different attendees at the King County Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting on March 7 described the proceedings they witnessed. Councilmembers had gathered to debate an array of amendments to proposed Ordinance 2018-0086, the measure that would place additional Council oversights on 4Culture, which is currently an independent cultural development authority.
Two weeks earlier, at a previous Committee of the Whole meeting, members of the public were allowed to offer testimony regarding the Ordinance, and almost all of the 40 citizens who spoke were against allowing Council interference in 4Culture’s long-established funding distribution process.
But this time, the public could only listen – and squirm – as councilmembers debated, undercut and overrode one another in an emotional three-hour-long battle of wills and procedural tactics. (more…)