This week in Council Chambers: April 5-9, 2021

Monday will be a pretty light day, but then things get busy in committee meetings.

Monday morning’s Council Briefing has another weekly update from the Office of Intergovernmental Relations on the ongoing state legislative session.

Monday afternoon’s full City Council meeting has no agenda items other than the usual weekly bill-paying ordinance.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar is a long one, including:

  • several appointments to the Seattle Youth Commission;
  • five installments of Surveillance Technology Impact Reports with authorizations for the technologies for use by SPD (splitting a previous consolidated report out so that the technologies could be debated and potentially approved separately);
  • an updated master list of Surveillance Technologies used by the city, and a request from the Seattle IT department for a six-month extension of the next group of Surveillance Technology Impact Reports;
  • An ordinance appropriating $705,000 to address hate-crimes in Seattle;
  • An ordinance making a modification to the “Jump Start” payroll tax to add another option for how businesses may calculate the tax they are required to pay;
  • a contract rezone application in Ballard;
  • a resolution approving Seattle Public Utilities’ 2021-2026 Strategic Business Plan and an updated rate plan.

Tuesday morning, the Finance and Housing Committee meets. On the agenda:

  • a presentation from am Austin, TX City Councilmember on American Rescue Plan funding;
  • two appointments;
  • a briefing on recommendations from the Labor Standards Advisory Commission on standards for classification of independent contractors;
  • The above-mentioned ordinance allocating $705,000 to address hate crimes in Seattle;
  • an ordinance appropriating $22.7 million in federal assistance to rent assistance;
  • the above-mentioned ordinance modifying the payroll tax passed last summer.

Tuesday afternoon the Public Assets and Native Communities Committee meets. It will hear the final round of appeals of Waterfront LID assessments.

Wednesday morning, the Transportation and Utilities Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting has not yet been released, but it is expected to include a discussion of SPU’s strategic plan and proposed new rate plan. It may also include deliberations on some of the surveillance technology impact reports now on their plate, and whether to grant a six-month extension for the next round of reports.


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