This is the last week of Council meetings before the Council recesses for two weeks for the holidays. Let’s look at everything they are cramming in…
Monday morning’s Council Briefing is scheduled to include two briefings on the Mercer Megablock sale bids: a public one that discusses the criteria the city set out for bids, and then a closed executive session to discuss the bids that the city has received. Here’s my previous writeup of the context for the Mercer Megablock sale. Expect an argument about whether the city should move forward with the sale, or develop the site itself for affordable housing.
Monday afternoon’s full City Council meeting will include final votes on:
- the Q4 supplemental budget ordinance;
- acceptance of grants and payments from outside sources, including a reimbursement from ICE for SPD services supporting narcotics customs enforcement activities (not immigration activities) that nonetheless is making a couple of Council members unhappy — expect some speeches on this;
- an ordinance setting fees for the Seattle Animal Shelter;
- Three historic preservation actions;
- a very long list of appointments for commissions and advisory boards.
This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar includes the following new pieces of legislation:
- a declaration that GrayKey is surveillance technology (GrayKey is a device allowing data to be downloaded from a locked iPhone without the password);
- an ordinance lifting the budget proviso on the Delridge Multimodal Corridor Project;
- several appointments to the Seattle Transit Advisory Board.
Tuesday morning, the Governance, Equity and Technology Committee meets. On its agenda:
- an ordinance ripping out all authority to negotiate wages from the city’s ordinance authorizing collective bargaining for Uber and Lyft drivers;
- A quick update from the Community Surveillance Working Group;
- discussion of the bill declaring GrayKey to be surveillance technology.
Tuesday afternoon, the Sustainability and Transportation Committee meets. It agenda includes:
- an operating and maintenance agreement between the city and WSDOT for infrastructure related to the SR 520 project;
- an ordinance authorizing property acquisitions related to the South Lander Street overpass.
- authorization for two pedestrian tunnels;
- several appointments to the Seattle Transit Advisory Board, the Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee, and the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board.
Wednesday morning, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee meets. On its agenda:
- an ordinance updating the city’s land use code to match a change made to the Comprehensive Plan;
- the University District Neighborhood Design Guidelines;
- the Uptown Neighborhood Design Guidelines.