This week in Council Chambers

Lots of meeting cancellations this week, but interesting things are still happening…

Monday morning at the weekly Council Briefing, the Office of Intergovernmental Relations will give its near-final update on the state legislative session that is starting to wrap up.

Monday afternoon at the Full Council meeting, the Council will take final votes on two resolutions:

  • the resolution related to the LNG plant in Tacoma (see my writeup of last week’s committee hearing on this);
  • a resolution on improving data-collection methods for Native Communities.

On this week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar there are three items of note:

  • an ordinance extending the time available to file a charge with the Office of Civil Rights  regarding unfair employment, public accommodations, housing, and contracting processes, defining sexual harassment, and specifying that sexual harassment is included in the definition of “discrimination.”
  • an ordinance adopting the Central Area Neighborhood Design Guidelines and establishing a Central Area Design Review District.
  • the appointment of Martin Garfinkel as Director of the Office of Labor Standards. Mayor Durkan announced his appointment on January 19th, subject to Council confirmation.

Tuesday morning, the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development, and Arts Committee meets. On its agenda are nine commission appointments, and the previously-mentioned ordinance adding sexual harassment to the definition of “discrimination” and extending the filing time for complaints.

Wednesday morning, the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans and Education Committee meets. There are two presentations on its agenda:

Both of these presentations feed into a larger discussion of what should be included in upcoming renewals of the Families and Education Levy and the Seattle Preschool Program Levy.

Thursday morning, the Progressive Revenue Task Force will hold its last scheduled meeting at 9am in the Bertha Knight Landes Room in City Hall. It is expected to vote on specific recommendations to forward on to the City Council.