This week in Council Chamber: May 17-21, 2021

The Council extends “cafe street” permitting, talks labor standards, and discusses how to spend federal ARPA relief funds.

Monday morning’s Council Briefing will have a final presentation from the Office of Intergovernmental Relations on this year’s state legislative session. It will also include an executive session for the Councilmembers to discuss legal matters with the city’s attorneys.

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

  • the Q1 2021 employment ordinance;
  • an ordinance accepting a grant for the Department of Neighborhoods to conduct post-census outreach;
  • an ordinance extending the city’s “cafe streets” permitting program until May 31, 2022;
  • an update to the city’s stormwater code.

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

  • a companion ordinance to the one the Council is already considering to move 911 call center staff and parking enforcement officers into the new Community Safety and Communications Center, which would extend SPD’s authorization to pay the PEOs in the even that their transfer is further delayed;
  • a resolution requesting the FAA to transfer property surrounding its radar facility next to discovery Park so that the city can add the land to the park;
  • three bills related to the Waterfront LID:  closing out the appeals, approving the final assessments, and authorizing bonds sales connected to LID revenues;
  • an ordinance requiring commercial landlords to allow tenants with back-due rent to pay in an installment plan;
  • an ordinance protecting residential tenants from eviction for failure to pay rent due to financial hardship during the COVID emergency;
  • permit extensions for pedestrian tunnels and skybridges;
  • several appointments to boards and commissions.

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

  • a discussion of recommendations from the Domestic Workers Standards Board;
  • a discussion of proposed spending for ARPA relief funds;
  • an ordinance establishing labor standards to independent contractors.

Tuesday afternoon the Community Economic Development Committee meets. Its agenda includes:

  • discussion of a fossil fuel transition study;
  • an ordinance changing the term of the Director of the Office for Civil Rights;
  • the previously-mentioned ordinance related to commercial tenancies and paying back-rent in an installment plan.

Wednesday morning the Transportation and Utilities Committee meets The agenda for the meeting has not been published yet, but the committee is expected to take up three Surveillance Impact Reports of SPD’s use of technologies that may have surveillance uses.

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