This week in Council Chambers

With two weeks to go until the Council’s August recess, lots of things are pushing through to completion.

There are no presentations scheduled for the Monday morning Council Briefing.

Monday afternoon at the full City Council meeting, there Council will take final votes on:

  • establish historic landmark controls on Key Arena and Bressi Garage;
  • two property acquisitions by the Parks Department;
  • The 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development, for submission to HUD;
  • an ordinance establishing rules around Seattle City Light’s AMI digital meter program;
  • a quasi-judicial review of a rezone in Greenwood.

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

  • an ordinance approving awards from the Technology Matching Fund;
  • an ordinance establishing historic landmark controls on the Colonnade Hotel /Gatewood Apartments;
  • a street vacation and an alley vacation;
  • an ordinance requiring employers to offer employees pre-tax commuter benefits;
  • a resolution related to developing a revised workplan for Move Seattle Levy-funded projects.

Council member Sawant is expected to “walk on” three items for the IRC: a resolution urging the landmarks board to protect the Showbox, an ordinance extending the Pike Place Market District to include the Showbox. and a resolution urging the Mayor to require living wages for EMTs in its contract renewal with AMR. The two resolutions may see Council action Monday afternoon.


Monday morning, the Select Committee on MHA meets, and will hear a briefing on the racial equity review of the MHA program.

Tuesday morning, the Governance, Equity and Technology Committee meets. It was take up three items:

  • the ordinance authorizing awards from the Technology Matching Fund;
  • an ordinance establishing a new SODO Parking and Business Improvement Area;
  • a report on an assessment of the city’s electronic records management needs.

Tuesday afternoon, the Sustainability and Transportation Committee meets. On its agenda:

  • the Move Seattle workplan, with an assessment update and a resolution establishing principles for revising the workplan;
  • the previously-mentioned ordinance requiring employers to offer pre-tax commuter benefits;
  • street and alley stuff: the previously-mentioned street and alley vacation, plus a permit for a pedestrian tunnel.

Wednesday morning, the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans and Education Committee meets and will continue the confirmation process of Carmen Best as Chief of Police.

Wednesday afternoon, the Finance and Neighborhoods Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting has not yet been published.

Friday morning, the Select Committee on Civic Arenas meets. The agenda has not been released and the meeting may get cancelled, but if it happens it is expected to include discussion of the “transaction documents” related to the renovation of Key Arena.