This week in Council Chambers

The Council ties up final loose ends before heading out on a two-week recess.


Monday morning’s Council Briefing will have a special presentation on the Mayor’s proposed minimum compensation standard for Uber and Lyft drivers.

Monday afternoon at the full City Council meeting, the Council has a long agenda — 25 items — including final votes on:

  • the “childcare for all” bill that amends zoning restrictions to allow childcare facilities in residential neighborhoods;
  • an ordinance prohibiting law enforcement from questioning minors without providing access to legal counsel first;
  • a resolution supporting the federal George Floyd Justice in Policing Act;
  • several land use bills related to SDOT’s acceptance of easements, and alley and street designations;
  • three landmark designations;
  • An ordinance that delays the effective date of the heating oil tax passed by the Council last year;
  • a resolution authorizing the City Clerk to set the time and place for a hearing on any appeals from the Hearing Examiner’s ruling on the final assessment roll for the Waterfront LID;
  • appointments to the Community Police Commission, the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, and the City Light Review Panel.

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

  • a bill allowing violations of a civil emergency order to be classified as a civil infraction instead of a criminal one, and another bill modifying the recently-passed cap of 15% of food-delivery commissions charged to restaurants such that violations are civil infractions;
  • a modification of the rules for City Light’s “net metering” program (where customers with solar installations can get credit back for excess energy generated);
  • an ordinance authorizing Seattle Public Utilities to set up an account to accept donations to support its low-income customers;
  • two ordinances in support of a new scooter-share program: one changing the traffic code, and another establishing the fee schedule.

Wednesday morning, the Transportation and Utilities Committee meets. The agenda has not yet been released, but last week committee chair Alex Pedersen promised a “very full agenda” that will likely include the SDOT-related acquisition bills on this week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar.

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