I was going to post about this here (seeing as it's where I live); you beat me to it!
I don't have a problem licensing my cats, although it does seem silly considering they're strictly indoors. Dog owners here are supposed to license them (although I have a feeling most don't), so why not cats? I just wonder how they are going to enforce it. Considering they can't seem to keep the crime rate down, enforcing something like this isn't going to happen.
The fact that they are planning to build a new shelter is great, but I will be very surprised if it actually happens. Of course, I don't know how much sheltering will be done. Sure they'll be there for the minimum number of days (to see if they're claimed), but I'm willing to bet after that's up, they'll be euthanised to make room for more. And I doubt the money they get from the licensing will go back into helping the homeless cats. It would be nice, especially if they used it towards funding low-cost spay/neuters, or even TNR, but I can't see that happening either. (can you tell I have no faith in our city officials?!
I don't know, I'm just fed up about hearing about this; they've been talking about this thing for so long. We have so many more pressing issues that need to be looked at, but for some reason they thought this was the most important.