On the road again
People who live in their vehicles are no longer safe from the pre-pandemic requirement to move their homes every 72 hours.
The city announced that parking enforcement would start citing people for leaving their vehicles on a single block for too long. The practice was suspended in 2020 when various levels of government declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Public streets are not an appropriate place for long-term vehicle storage,” according to the press release from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).
At the same time, SDOT tried to play down expectations, saying that the department anticipated “the many requests predicted to happen in the beginning.”
Parking enforcement was once the purview of the Seattle Police Department (SPD). The City Council voted to remove that responsibility from SPD and house it in SDOT in August 2021. The idea was to create fewer situations in which an SPD officer would respond to a situation that did not require law enforcement in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent uprising of people across the country against police violence.
Vehicle residents have long fallen through the cracks of homelessness policy in Seattle and King County. While some programs, mostly based at churches, have been able to help people in cars, very few have given respite to people living in larger vehicles like RVs. According to the 2020 point-in-time count, 2,748 people were found living in their vehicles.
Pay me, Seymour
The time has come. The United States Soccer Federation will finally pay the national women’s team the same rate as the men’s. The decision comes after a protracted legal fight that the New York Times termed as “decades-long, emotionally exhausting and wildly expensive….”
According to the Times, the women will receive the same rate as the men for games and tournaments. The national women’s team features Seattle Reign superstar Megan Rapinoe. The women’s team has won four World Cups, while the men’s team’s best result was third place in 1930.
The new contracts are only for times that the teams represent the United States in international contests.
The women’s national team has been fighting for years for similar pay and conditions to the men’s team. In a Real Change 2018 article, the head coach of the University of Washington women’s team, Lesle Gallimore, said that her players have to have financial backup to go pro, like a trust fund, rich parents or a sponsor.
“That’s how I prep them,” she said in 2018. “I tell them the truth.”
Money isn’t the only factor differentiating the men’s and women’s working conditions. Women’s soccer players have also pointed to the fact that they play on more artificial turf, which can lead to injury. Studies have shown that certain injuries, like tears to the posterior cruciate ligament, are three times more likely on turf than grass for college football players.
Read more of the May 25-31, 2022 issue.