UPDATE: Against a tsunami of public outrage against her proposed legislation, Councilwoman Blackwell has agreed to withdraw the bill.
It’s not enough that City Council finds a new way to drain your wallet with a new tax increase or a new tax each and every spring.
Now they want you to get a written permission slip from them to put flowers outside your house.
No, I’m not making this shit up. Have a read:
What’s the fine for not doing this, you ask? $300.
Mind you, the whole public law on sidewalks is written very poorly but the goal of the original ordinance is to make sidewalk encroachments illegal unless you get a bill written by City Council and passed (here’s an example of one).
Because City Council hasn’t ever fixed the language of the original bill so it’s clear what sidewalk encroachments are, Councilwoman Blackwell’s bill requiring a permission slip on top of a permit from the Department of Licenses and Inspections takes already-bad municipal law that is super-broad and ruins it further.
So yes–if her bill actually passes, you will now need a permission slip from City Council as well as that L&I permit in order to put a flower planter or a bench in front of your house.
Which is fucking ridiculous.
Take some time today and let these people know that the sidewalk encroachment code is already stupid and Councilwoman Blackwell just wants to make it even more stupid.