This week in Council Chambers

This week features the kickoff of the new Select Committee on Civic Arenas, plus some other interesting committee discussions.

Monday morning’s Council Briefing should be relatively short: the Office of Intergovernmental Relations will give another weekly update on the state legislative session.

Monday afternoon during the Full Council meeting, the Council is scheduled to take fine votes on several items, including:

  • a resolution expressing the city’s commitment to becoming a more age-friendly city.
  • an ordinance authorizing Seattle Public Utilities to amend and extend its contract with Waste Management.
  • A contract rezone on West Republican Street.
  • Appointments to the Seattle Planning Commission and the Urban Forestry Commission.

Monday morning after the Council Briefing the Select Committee on Civic Arenas will hold its first meeting . They will hear an overview of the issues and work expected to come before the committee.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar has one item of note: some proposed changes to the Priority Hire program.

Tuesday morning’s regular meeting of the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee has been cancelled. The committee will meet Friday morning instead, and will likely take up the aforementioned changes to Priority Hire.

Tuesday afternoon, the Energy and Environment Committee meets. On its agenda:

  • a mandated report on the costs and benefits of entering the California Energy Imbalance Market.
  • A discussion of high energy bills SCL customers have seen this winter due to colder-than-usual weather.
  • ironically, a discussion of SCL retail revenue shortfalls.

Wednesday at noon the Gender Equity, Safe Communities and New Americans Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting has not yet been published.