This week in Council Chambers

I’m guessing that after Monday afternoon’s meeting, we’ll all need a vacation — but the rest of the week looks busy too.

Monday morning’s Council Briefing will have another briefing from the Office of Intergovernmental Relations on the state legislative session as it starts to wrap up.

Monday afternoon’s full City Council meeting will be a big deal. On the agenda:

  • the Council will vote to choose one of eleven candidates to fill the vacancy left by Rob Johnson’s resignation;
  • confirming the reappointment of Ryan Vancil as Hearing Examiner;
  • approving the Seattle Library Levy for the August ballot;
  • approving updates to the city’s vacant building monitoring program;
  • a resolution recognizing the North Delridge Action Plan;
  • approving the Implementation and Evaluation Plan for the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy, along with partnership agreements with Seattle Colleges and Seattle Public Schools;
  • approving a resolution setting expectations for a safe and responsive workplace in the Legislative Department.

Monday morning, the Select Committee on Homelessness and Housing Affordability meets. On its agenda:

  • A discussion of benchmarks for the Human Services Department;
  • a review of the city’s response to the February winter storm;
  • a progress update from the team working on a regional governance structure for the homelessness response.

Conspicuously not on the agenda: the confirmation of Jason Johnson as Director of the Human Services Department, which seems to have stalled out in the face of opposition from HSD employees, the Seattle Silence Breakers, and some other stakeholders.


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

  • the appointment of Jesus Aguirre as Superintendent of the Department of Parks and Recreation;
  • an ordinance re-authorizing the use of the herbicide imazapyr in the Cedar River Municipal Watershed to control the invasive species knotweed ;
  • Three appointments to the Community Police Commission;
  • Two appointments to the Pioneer Square Preservation Board.


Tuesday morning, the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee meets. On its agenda:

  • the appointment of Mariko Lockhart as Director of the Office of Civil Rights;
  • the ordinance to authorize the use of the herbicide imazapyr in the Cedar River Municipal Watershed;
  • the 2019 workplans for the Women’s Commission, Human Rights Commission, LGBTQ Commission, and Commission for People with Disabilities.

Tuesday afternoon, the Human Services, Equitable Development, and Renters Right Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting has not been published yet.

Wednesday morning, the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans and Education Committee meets. Its agenda has not yet been published, but it will likely take up the three appointments to the Community Police Commission.

Wednesday afternoon, the Finance and Neighborhoods Committee meets. No published agenda yet, but it will likely include the two appointments to the Pioneer Square Preservation Board.

Friday morning there is a joint meeting of the Sustainability and Transportation Committee and Sound Transit’s Elected Leadership Group to continue their deliberations on choosing a path for light rail to Ballard and West Seattle.

Friday at noon, the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans and Education Committee will hold a “lunch and learn” session. The topic has not yet been announced.



  1. My understanding is the lunch & learn Friday is at, “Friday, April 26th at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in Council Chambers for a lunch and learn discussion with the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) and community partners like Transportation Choices Coalition as we discuss PSRC’s regional growth plan, Vision 2050, and what strategies our city and region can pursue to make sure growth is equitable for all communities. ”

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