This week in Council Chambers

A new month, a new Council member, same old calendar. But lots of new legislation coming up.

Monday morning’s Council Briefing will include an executive session with the city’s lawyers to discuss pending litigation (of which there is plenty at the moment).

Monday afternoon’s full City Council meeting will include final votes on:

  • the confirmation of Jesus Aguirre as Superintendent of the Department of Parks and Recreation;
  • the confirmation of Dr. Amarah Khan as the Director of the Office of Employee Ombud;
  • three appointments to the Labor Standards Advisory  Board.

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

  • adjustments to a contract rezone after a judge found fault with the City Council’s previous approval. Interestingly, the new version, which the jduge approved, allows for the back yard of an adjacent single-family-zoned lot to count as a transitional  “buffer” between a five-story building and the surrounding SFZ lots, if that back yard is conditioned so that it remains landscaped but unbuilt.
  • An extension to the temporary expansion of the Pike Place Market Historical District to include the Showbox.
  • A plan to create a “Mobile Integrated Health” unit in SFD to handle low acuity calls.
  • An expansion of the city’s paid family leave rules to include the death of a child as a qualifying event.
  • The city’s plan to redevelop Ft. Lawton, along with a companion rezone ordinance for the property.
  •  The first quarter budget adjustment ordinance — or a reasonable fascimile of such, in which nearly everything relates to a variety of SDOT projects.

Tuesday morning, the Governance, Equity and Technology Committee meets. It will hear a presentation on the Seattle IT Department’s Race and Social Justice Initiative work, and a progress report on the Digital Equity effort.

Tuesday afternoon, the Sustainability and Transportation Committee meets. The agenda includes:

  • several appointments to the Freight Advisory Board and Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee;
  •  the Move Seattle Levy oversight report;
  • an update to the plan and timeline for new RapidRide corridors;
  • an update to the ADU proposal;
  •  the Office of Sustainability and Environment Race and Social Justice report.

Wednesday morning, the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans and Education Committee meets. On its agenda:

  • a briefing on last week’s announcement that SPD will conduct “emphasis patrols” in seven neighborhoods;
  • the proposal for a Mobile Integrated Health unit in SFD to handle low-aciuity calls;
  • the ordinance extending the city’s paid family leave program to loss of a child.

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

Thursday at 11:30, the Sustainability and Transportation Committee will hold a “lunch and learn” session. The topic of the session has not yet been anounced.