This week in Council Chambers: March 8-12, 2021

Not a lot of high-profile business for the Council this week; still, plenty of meetings and business to crank through, including several bills related to city spending.


Monday morning’s Council Briefing will include another weekly update from the Office of Intergovernmental Relations on the ongoing state legislative session. The meeting will also include an extended executive session with city attorneys to discuss pending litigation.

Monday afternoon’s full City Council meeting is scheduled to include final votes on:

  • a long list of appointments to various committees and boards;
  • An ordinance approving bond issuance to pay for installation of a new signage system at Seattle Center;
  • the Council’s updated capital projects watch list;
  • a spending plan for $23 million of Seattle Transit Benefit District funds previously held in reserve in case I-976 had been upheld.

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

  • more appointments to board and committees, including several appointments and reappointments to the Community Police Commission;
  • an ordinance approving a spending plan for $12 million in funds for community safety capacity-building.

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

  • appointments to the Community Police Commission;
  • the previously-mentioned ordinance approving a spending plan for $12 million for community safety capacity-building;
  • further consideration of a bill that would cut $5.4 million from SPD’s budget.

Tuesday afternoon, the Governance and Education Committee meets. Its agenda includes:

  • two appointments to the Immigrant and Refugee Commission;
  • a discussion of the work that the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs has been doing to assist Seattle’s immigrant communities during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • a presentation on the city’s birth-3 and childcare strategies.

Wednesday morning, the Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting has not yet been released, but it is expected to contain:

  • a vote on Councilmember Strauss’s “Bringing Business Home” ordinance temporarily easing regulations on home-based businesses;
  • A report from SDCI on permit review times;
  • Annual reports from SDCI and OPCD.



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