This week in Council Chambers: April 26 – 30, 2021

There are plenty of new bills being introduced this week. Here’s what else is up this week too.

Monday morning’s weekly Council Briefing will include a lengthy executive session with the city’s attorneys to discuss several matters of possible or pending litigation.

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

  • a bill appropriating $18 million of CARES Act funding to various COVID relief programs;
  • an ordinance authorizing the transfer of a cable franchise agreement for Wave Communications to its new corporate parent.

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

  • A resolution urging the Biden Administration to sign on to an international waiver of patent rights related to COVID vaccines;
  • A contract rezone application for an affordable housing project at 23rd and Cherry in the Central Area;
  • A land swap for the Red Barn Ranch property;
  • An ordinance updating signage regulations at Seattle Center;
  • Two bills (here and here) restricting landlords’ ability to refuse to renew a residential lease;
  • an ordinance authorizing Seattle City Light to accept a land transfer from Skagit County;
  • Three approvals for city departments’ use of technologies that may have surveillance purposes.

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

  • A report from the interdepartmental team looking at policing and community safety;
  • SPD’s quarterly finance and staffing report;
  • An update from HSD on its new Safe and Thriving Communities division, and the transfer of the victim advocates group from SPD to that division.

Tuesday afternoon, the Sustainability and Renters’ Rights Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting has not yet been released, but is expected to include:

  • a discussion with community organizers on the city’s Green New Deal;
  • An initial discussion of Councilmember Sawant’s proposed bill restricting evictions of families with school-age children and employees of schools during the school year;
  • a discussion of legislation to end the so-called “end of lease loophole” for evictions.

Wednesday morning, the Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee meets. On the agenda:

  • a public hearing on the “bringing business home” bill;
  • the annual report from the Department of Neighborhoods;
  • reports from the Office of Planning and Community Development and Department of Construction and Inspections on their race and social justice initiatives;
  • the annual report from the Seattle Design Commission.

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