This week in Council Chambers

This week the City Council faces the deadline to respond to Mayor Durkan’s veto of its rebalanced 2020 budget; so far, there’s no word on how it intends to vote.

In the meantime, the Council is busy wrapping up other work this week before it heads into the 2021 budget season.


There are no presentations or executive sessions scheduled for Monday morning’s Council Briefing.

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

  • an agreement with Seattle Arena Company related to construction of transit lanes around the renovated Key Arena;
  • a resolution adding climate impacts to the “Summary and Fiscal Note” memo written for each bill that the City council considers;
  • an ordinance transferring the old Central Area fire station to Byrd Barr Place;
  • an ordinance establishing an Equitable Development Initiative Advisory Board;
  • an ordinance adjusting budget allocations for the RapidRide G line;
  • an ordinance authorizing Seattle City Light to offer new renewable energy programs.

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

  • an ordinance expanding the uses of automated cameras for traffic enforcement, following the state legislature’s passage of a law authorizing Seattle to do an expanded pilot project.
  • the City Auditor’s request for the Council to suspend the requirement for a report on the financial condition of the city as of the end of 2019, as at this point the result would be meaningless.
  • the City Auditor’s request for an extension of the requirement for reports on the city’s use of automated license plate readers and closed-circuit TV cameras, since the consultant funding for the reports was cut due to the COVID-19 emergency.
  • the 2021 Comprehensive Plan amendment docketing resolution;
  • a resolution adopting Seattle City Light’s Transportation Electrification Strategic Investment Plan, and an ordinance authorizing SCL to offer electrification incentive programs.
  • an ordinance modifying Seattle City Light’s wholesale revenue targets for 2021 and beyond as they apply to the requirements for the utility’s Rate Stabilization Account.

Tuesday morning, the Public Safety and Human Services Committee meets. On its agenda:

  • an expansion to the Whistleblower Protection Code, to include reports to the Office of the Inspector General for Public Safety;
  • discussion of a report on the Seattle Municipal Court’s imposition of monetary fines, penalties, and other fees;
  • an update on the implementation of SPD’s Community Service Officer program;
  • a discussion on a new proposal for supervised consumption sites that would integrate them into existing human-services sites rather than set up an SCS as a separate site;
  • an update on the Co-LEAD program.

Tuesday afternoon, the Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting has not been published, but in an email to her supporters, committee chair Kshama Sawant wrote that she intends to hold a rally to build a movement for rent cancellation.

Wednesday morning, the Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee meets. The agenda has not been published, but committee chair Dan Strauss announced last week that it would include:

  • a vote on 2020 amendments to the Comprehensive Plan;
  • the 2021 Comprehensive Plan docketing resolution;
  • an extension of authorization for virtual design-review and landmark designation meetings.

Wednesday afternoon, the Select Committee on Homeless Strategies and Investments meets. The agenda for the meeting has not been published.


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One comment

  1. The City Auditor is saying they can’t do even a first draft of what surveillance technologies that the city is using?
    That seems pretty lame, seeing how the minimum amount for the task is copy and pasting brochures of whatever they have deployed/etc at this point.

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