This week in Council Chambers

Here’s what the Council is getting up to this week.

Monday morning’s Council Briefing will have another executive session with the city’s attorneys to discuss pending litigation.

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

  • authorizing the funding for a “mobile integrated health” unit within the Seattle Fire Department to answer “low acuity” calls;
  •  an ordinance authorizing an agreement with Seattle Academy for renovation and use of the South Park Community Center and playfield;
  • several appointments to the Seattle Freight Advisory Board and the Levy to Move Seattle Oversight Committee.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar includes:

  • the appointment of Robert Lee as Director of the Office of Economic Development;
  • An ordinance authorizing a large-scale solar-energy buyback program for Seattle City Light commercial customers;
  • 19 appointments to the Design Review Board and three appointments to the Seattle Planning Commission;
  •  a resolution authorizing a (fairly minor) change to the construction plan for Key Arena that would add “tensioned tie-backs” into Thomas Street.

Monday morning, the Budget Committee meets. It will hear two presentations:

  • an update on economic predictions and the city’s revenue forecast;
  • the City Auditor’s review of the city’s financial condition.

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

  • a review of a recent report from the City Auditor that found a dramatic rise in reports of hate crimes over the past few years, and that SPD;s record-keeping is insufficient to evaluate its hate-crime response and prevention efforts.
  • an ordinance creating a special allegation of hate crime within the city’s criminal code.
  • an ordinance lifting the funding proviso on the Ship Canal Water Quality Project as the project has now reached 100% design;
  • the confirmation of Robert Lee as Director of the Office of Economic Development.
  • An update on the Office of Economic Development’s efforts to create a Legacy Business Program.

Tuesday afternoon, the Human Services, Equitable Development, and Renter Rights Committee is scheduled to meet. The agenda has not been published yet, but the meeting is expected to include a discussion of the city’s new “Renting in Seattle” web site.

Wednesday morning, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee meets. No agenda yet, but it will probably take up the appointments to the Design Review Board and the Seattle Planning Commission.

Thursday morning, the Housing, Health, Energy and Workers’ Rights Committee meets. It is expected to take up:

  • potential amendments to the Ft. Lawton redevelopment plan;
  • appointments to the Housing Levy oversight committee;
  • appointments to the Capitol Hill housing improvement program.