This week in Council Chambers

More budget talk — and possibly some votes — this week.


Monday morning’s Council Briefing has no presentations scheduled, but will include an executive session with the city’s attorneys on “personnel” — perhaps discussing legal issues related to reducing SPD headcount, since that seems to be the direction the Council’s budget talks are going.

Monday afternoon’s full City Council meeting is scheduled to hold a final vote on a resolution calling on Congress to provide “fair and direct federal support to all of America’s communities, regardless of population size” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis. It will also have a public hearing on an amendment to the city’s Action Plan for how it spends federal HUD funding (and which must be updated to reflect how the city intends to spend CARES ACT funding.

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

  • an ordinance amending the city’s easement agreement with Westlake Center for expansion of the Monorail station platform;
  • an ordiannce accepting and appropriating federal and state COVID-19 relief funding.

Wednesday morning and afternoon the Budget Committee will meet again. In the morning it will discuss and possibly vote on amendments to the proposed “Jump Start” payroll tax package. In the afternoon it will continue its inquest on SPD’s budget and its discussion of the Mayor’s proposed re-balanced 2020 budget.