This week in Council Chambers

The holiday week is over, and everyone is getting back to work. After all, that legislation isn’t going to write itself…

Monday morning in the weekly Council Briefing, the Office of Intergovernmental Relations will brief the Council on the wrap-up to the state legislative session.

Monday afternoon in the Full Council meeting, the Council members will vote on final approval of the income tax ordinance.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar has four items of note:

  • the quarterly update to the budget;
  • an update to Seattle Public Utilities’ Strategic Business Plan;
  • the proposed ordinance on bias-free policing from Council members Gonzalez and Harrell that has been in the works for nearly a year;
  • approval of a funding agreement between the city and WSDOT for reconstruction of Alaskan Way after the viaduct comes down.

Monday morning, the Select Committee on Civic Arenas meets. They will continue their discussion on the negotiations between the Mayor’s office and OVG on the renovation of Key Arena, and the issues that the Council thinks should be addressed in the resulting MOU.

Tuesday morning the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee meets. On its agenda:

  • four appointments;
  • an ordinance making several changes to the city’s Priority Hire program;
  • consideration of the SPU Strategic Business Plan update mentioned above.

Tuesday afternoon’s Energy and Environment Committee meeting has been cancelled.

Wednesday morning, the Gender Equity, Safe Communities and New Americans Committee meets. The agenda has not yet been published, but the committee is expected to continue its work on the update to the city’s surveillance technology ordinance. It may also take up the bias-free policing mentioned above.

Wednesday afternoon, the Human Services and Public Health Committee meets. The agenda has not yet been published.



  1. I am admittedly bad with acronyms. Sorry to ask, but had not been following arena stuff. OVG? MOU?

    1. No worries. OVG is Oak View Group, the consortium of companies that won the bid. MOU is “Memorandum of Understanding” — a form of legal agreement.

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