We’re at 39 hours and counting with the same mayor… cross your fingers that this one sticks.
Despite the fact that Tim Burgess has moved up to the 7th floor to inhabit the Mayor’s office, his long-in-the-works ordinance regulating short-term rentals (a la AirBnB, VRBO, and other companies) is far from dead.
After five meetings and a contentious public hearing last week, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee passed an amended MHA rezone for the Uptown urban center out of committee today.
Today the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Seattle Police Department’s “use of force” policy for its officers is constitutional, in a major win for the city and its efforts to enact police accountability reforms under its Consent Decree with the DOJ.
Seattle has a new Mayor! The press is getting very practiced at writing this story.
Yesterday the Council had its first public hearing on the draft MOU with Oak View Group to renovate and operate Key Arena.
This afternoon, the City Council voted 5-1 to appoint Council member Tim Burgess as Seattle’s 55th Mayor, succeeding Bruce Harrell who will return to his position as Council President and representative of the 2nd District.
This morning at the Council Briefing, more details became clear on how the mayoral appointment, and the follow-on Council appointment, will happen.
The week is starting quietly, but it won’t stay that way.
This morning, Council President Pro Tem Lorena Gonzalez issued a statement declaring that she will not seek to be appointed Mayor for the period between now and the end of November.
Her full statement: