This week in Council Chambers: February 22-26, 2021

A potential budget cut for SPD, and the final report of the Black Brilliance Research Project.


Monday morning’s Council Briefing will include another weekly update from the Office of Intergovernmental Relations on the ongoing state legislative session. Here’s is last week’s written status report.

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

  • several appointments to the Seattle Planning Commission;
  • approval of a funding agreement with King County Metro for additional transit service paid for with Seattle Transit Benefit District revenues;
  • Acceptance of Seattle City Light’s Integrated Resource Plan Progress Report;
  • A resolution endorsing the creation of the Rainier Valley Creative District.

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

  • An ordinance extending by one year the term of the Director of the Office of Civil Rights;
  • An ordinance loosening restrictions on home occupation businesses during the COVID emergency, to allow a retail business to operate out of a home instead;
  • three bills (here, here, and here) approving city departments’ use of various technologies that could have surveillance applications;
  • a long list of appointments to boards and committees.

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

  • a presentation on the Seattle Fire Department’s 2021 work plan;
  • an ordinance cutting $5.4 million from SPD’s 2021 budget. This item was postponed from the agenda two weeks ago, supposedly to obtain input from the DOJ and police monitor.

Wednesday morning, the Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting has not yet been published, but it will probably include a briefing on the previously-mentioned bill regarding home occupation business regulations.

Wednesday afternoon, the Select Committee on Homeless Strategies and Investments meets. The agenda has not yet been published, but it is expected to include a status update on the city’s efforts to “surge” the number of homeless shelter beds this year.

Friday morning, the Community Economic Development Committee meets. It will receive the final report from the Black Brilliance Research Project — though it’s not clear who will be delivering that report.


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