This week in Council Chambers

More virtual Council meetings, plus the return of committee meetings! (well, one)

Monday morning’s Council Briefing will include a presentation from the Office of Intergovernmental Relations on state and federal actions related to COVID-19.

Monday afternoon’s full City Council meeting only has one item: a resolution establishing a committee to develop recommendations to enhance the capacity of the Office of the City Auditor to conduct performance audits.

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

  • an ordinance submitted by the Mayor’s Office to temporarily revise design review and historical landmark designation processes for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency;
  • an ordinance temporarily suspending deadlines related to Hearing Examiner activities during the COVID-19 emergency;
  • an ordinance revising the permitted uses of Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy revenues to allow for funding of childcare services for “front-line essential workers” during the COVID-19 emergency;
  • a lot subdivision application;
  • a rezone application.

What’s conspicuously missing from the IRC is the revised “Amazon Tax” legislation promised by Council members Sawant and Morales — despite their announcement last week that it would appear on Friday. I expect we may hear more about that on Monday, and the two may attempt to “walk on” the bill in the meeting Monday afternoon. If they do, expect a dust-up over which committee it is referred to; Sawant wants it sent to hers so she can control the deliberations, but her committee doesn’t oversee the relevant topics covered in the bill.

Wednesday morning, the Select Committee on Homelessness Strategies and Investments will meet to hear a presentation from the city on its effort to roll out more hygiene facilities.