This week in Council Chambers

So much going on this week, including the process of filling the District 4 seat vacancy.

Monday morning’s Council Briefing will include another weekly update from the Office of Intergovernmental Relations on the ongoing state legislative session, and an executive session with the city’s attorneys to discuss pending legislation.

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

  • an ordinance requiring all TV’s in places of public accommodation to have closed captioning turned on;
  • an ordinance authorizing an agreement with Washington State Ferries for electrification of the ferry docks at Colman Dock (i.e. to support charging of future electric ferries).

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

  • an ordinance authoring a 25-year agreement with the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences for joint renovation and operation of the South Park Community Center playfield;
  • authorization of a partnership agreement between the city and Seattle Colleges related to the implementation of the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy, and a similar partnership agreement with Seattle Public Schools;
  • seven appointments to the Community Police Commission;
  • an ordinance clarifying that the city’s paid sick and safe time ordinance applies to the employees of the Seattle School District;
  • a resolution related to creating a “safe and responsive workplace” in the city’s Legislative Department;
  • the appointment of Amarah Khan as Director of the Office of Employee Ombud;
  • an update to the requirements for monitoring and inspecting vacant buildings;
  • ¬†appointments to the International Special Review District Board, the Urban Forestry Commission, and the Pedestrian Advisory Board.

Monday evening at 5:30, the Council will host a public forum with the thirteen candidates who have applied to fill the open seat on the Council representing District 4.

Tuesday morning, the Governance, Equity and Technology Committee meets. On its agenda:

  • a hearing and possible vote on the reappointment of Ryan Vancil as Hearing Examiner;
  • two appointments to the International Special Review District board.

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

  • five appointments to the Pedestrian Advisory Board;
  • appointments to the Urban Forestry Commission;
  • an ordinance updating new building construction standards to require infrastructure to support electric vehicle charging stations;
  • the 2018 annual report of the Urban Forestry Commission;
  • the 2018 annual report of the School Traffic Safety Committee;
  • a street vacation request for a portion of 39th Avenue South.

Wednesday morning, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee meets (now chaired by Council member O’Brien). Its agenda includes:

  • a resolution related to the North Delridge Action Plan;
  • remand of a contract rezone approval, following the ruling of a King County Superior Court judge that the Council’s prior approval violated setback requirements;
  • the previously mentioned ordinance related to monitoring and inspection of vacant buildings;

Wednesday afternoon, the Civic Development, Public Assets, and Native Communities Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting has not been published, but it’s expected to take up the aforementioned South Park Community Center agreement with the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Also Wednesday afternoon, the Select Committee on the Library Levy will meet to discuss and vote on amendments to the Mayor’s proposal and probably vote the amended levy out of committee.

Wednesday evening at 5:30pm, the Council will have a special meeting in which each of the thirteen candidates for filling the vacant Council seat will have an opportunity to address the Council for three minutes and then answer questions from the Council members.

Thursday morning, the Housing, Health, Energy and Workers Rights Committee meets. The agenda has not yet been published, but it’s expected to take up the ordinance clarifying that the city’s paid sick and safe time ordinance applies to Seattle Public Schools employees.

Thursday afternoon, the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans and Education Committee meets. It will take up:

  • the appointments to the Community Police Commission;
  • ¬†amendments to the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Implementation Plan, and probably vote the plan out of committee.


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6 thoughts on “This week in Council Chambers”

  1. One wonders if the recent public comment outbursts will be addressed… my understanding is the Seattle Women’s Commission Exec Committee is working on a statement. Safe Seattle has posted on this.

  2. Joe, How would you like them addressed in a way that doesn’t violate the 1st Amendment?

  3. Everywhere I’ve looked for the presentation related to the 2018 School Traffic Safety Committee Annual Report it’s a presentation with 1 slide that’s visible followed by 22 blank pages. Happens with your link as well as one direct from the city council calendar.

    Not that I think O’Brien does much critical review of these types of reports (I’m thinking of the 2017 Vision Zero progress report promising a still-unreleased 35th Ave SW report by summer 2017).

      1. Chrome in Android as well as on Win10 don’t like it. I was able to open it in Firefox on Win10 as well as Adobe Acrobat directly.

  4. I should like to see the library funded under a special and separate tax district, not controlled by the council or mayor.

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