Notes from today’s Council meetings

Here’s some quick hits from today’s Council Briefing and Full Council meetings.

Wednesday afternoon in the Education, Ethics and Governance Committee, thee will be a presentation from Seattle IT on their investigation into expanding public wifi into economically disadvantaged neighborhoods as a quick and easy alternative to trying to launch a citywide municipal broadband system.

Council member Sawant noted that her office is still looking into the case for Seattle City Light joining the California Energy Imbalance Market. She said that more new information is coming in, which will make the committee discussions more valuable.

Tuesday morning in the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee there will be a briefing on the Mayor’s proposed MHA rezone of the Chinatown-International District.

Tuesday afternoon in the Sustainability and Transportation Committee meeting, there will be an initial discussion of the Pedestrian Master Plan. Committee chair Mike O’Brien expects a vote on the plan at his committee’s May 2 meeting.

This afternoon in the Full Council meeting, the Council unanimously approved the proposed $1 million legal defense fund for immigrants and refugees facing immigration proceedings.

Here’s my coverage of this morning’s meeting of the Select Committee on Civic Arenas, which discussed the two proposals for renovating Key Arena.