The post-MHA lull is over; things are getting busy again.
Council member Sawant announced that her committee meeting tomorrow afternoon will include a report from HSD’s interim Director Jason Johnson and head of homeless services Tiffany Washington on the department’s 2018 homeless services investments and results.
On a related note, Council member Bagshaw announced that this Friday the Select Committee on Homelessness and Housing Affordability will meet to continue deliberating on the appointment of Jason Johnson as permanent Director of HSD.
Council member Gonzalez noted this morning that last week her office was briefed by SPD on the status of the Community Service Officer (CSO) program. In last fall’s budget, the Council added funding in order to reintroduce the program. As required with that funding, SPD is expected to deliver its plan for the program by the end of this week. Gonzalez said, “I think the program is one that many of you will be pleased with.” She intends to hold a hearing on the plan in her committee in early May.
Gonzalez also announced that there will be a special meeting of her committee on April 18th, with two big items on the agenda:
- The Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy implementation and evaluation plan. The committee will consider amendments to the plan (as submitted by the Mayor) as a consensus package, though Council members may ask to have individual items pulled from that package to be considered separately. Gonzalez said that she hopes to move the amended plan out of committee at next week’s meeting so that the full Council can vote on it on April 22nd.
- Nine appointments to the Community Police Commission (CPC). The CPC has a critical role as the voice of citizens in the police reform and accountability process, and has taken that role seriously as the city and the court have debated the recent SPOG contract.
Council member Mosqueda announced that her committee also meets next Thursday the 18th. On its agenda:
- a review of the plan for the Fort Lawton affordable housing project;
- the Office of Housing anual report;
- a resolution on creating a “respectful workforce” within the city’s legislative branch that she has been circulating to her colleagues over the past two weeks. Mosqueda said that there are three components to the resolution: expectation on elected officials; expectations of City Council staff and others working in the legislative branch; and expectations of the public (i.e. protecting legislative branch employees from “the vitriol out there.”)
- a continuation of the conversation around enforcement of sick and safe leave policy within the Seattle Public Schools system.