This week in Council Chambers: April 12-16, 2021

Not a lot of earth-shaking stuff happening this week, but the gears of government grind forward.

Monday morning’s weekly Council Briefing will include another update from the Office of Intergovernmental Relations on the ongoing state legislative session, as the session enters its last two weeks.

Monday afternoon’s full City Council meeting has a long agenda, including:

  • a long list of appointments to committees and boards;
  • accepting a gift of land to be part of the Lake City Memorial Triangle;
  • A land transfer to make way for the buildout of a bike and pedestrian trail through Georgetown;
  • a modification to the payroll tax passed last summer to add a new way of calculating an employer’s tax bill for employees who work part-time in Seattle;
  • an ordinance appropriating additional funds for rental assistance;
  • an ordinance appropriating $705,000 to combat anti-Asian hate crimes;
  • a resolution asking everyone to use the name “Uptown” to refer to that area of the city.

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

  • approval of a new collective bargaining agreement with the Council’s legislative analysts;
  • a pair of bills expanding access to the Emergency Assistance Program for Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light;
  • A resolution indicating the Council’s support for the renewal of the King County Best Starts for Kids levy;
  • an ordinance swapping land between SDOT and the Parks Department to allow for building out protected bikes lanes along West Green Lake Drive;
  • an ordinance renewing a shared parking agreement between the Parks Department and Seattle Public Schools for access to two swimming pools;
  • two appointments to the Community Police Commission;
  • more appointments to commissions and boards.

Tuesday morning, the Public Safety and Human Services Committee meets. It will take up the two appointments to the Community Police Commission.

Tuesday afternoon, the Governance and Education Committee meets. On its agenda:

  • consideration of two appointments to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission;
  • the resolution supporting the Best Starts for Kids Levy renewal;
  • a presentation on the recently-completed racial equity analysis on the Seattle Promise program.

Thursday morning, the Sustainability and Renters Rights Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting has not yet been published, but it is expected to include a discussion with community organizers on Green New Deal initiatives.

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