This week in Council Chambers

This is an unusual “fifth week” for the Council; half of its standing committees meet the first and third week of the month, and the other half meet the second and fourth weeks, so no there are no regularly scheduled committee meetings this week. There are, however, public hearings and meetings for select committees. Also, because of the Memorial Day holiday, the regular Monday meetings are shifted to Tuesday.

Tuesday morning’s Council Briefing includes two special presentations:

  • a briefing on the upcoming Special Olympics USA Games that Seattle is hosting July 1-6.
  • A presentation on a plan to repeal the tax on short-term (i.e. AirBnB) rentals imposed last year so that a state-authorized one can take its place that will bring in approximately the same amount of revenues.

Tuesday afternoon’s full City Council meeting includes final votes on the following pieces of legislation:

  • an amendment to the city’s agreement with King County to provide civil legal defense support to indigent clients.
  • an ordinance authorizing Seattle Public Utilities to acquire property rights for a sewer line;
  • an ordinance imposing historic landmark controls on the Mount Zion Baptist Church;
  • a lease extension with the Army for a property housing the St. Martin de Porres shelter for homeless men over 50.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar includes the following new pieces of legislation:

  • an ordinance repealing the city’s tax on short-term rentals;
  • a resolution updating the city’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan;
  • an ordinance waiving all event fees for the Special Olympics events;
  • a contract rezone of a property in Greenwood.

Wednesday morning, the Select Committee on Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy meets to continue its deliberations on the Mayor’s proposal for the levy.  At 6pm, the committee meets again, this time at Franklin High School, to hold a public hearing on the levy proposal.

Wednesday afternoon, the Sustainability and Transportation Committee will meet to hold a public hearing on a proposal to change the Seattle Transportation Benefit District funding plan to pay for transit passes for all Seattle Public Schools students and to fund the ORCA Opportunity program.

Thursday morning, the Select Committee on the Seattle City Light Strategic Plan meets to begin deliberation on the proposed update to the six-year plan.