This week in Council Chamber: December 6-10, 2021

It’s going to be a busy week, as the Council scrambles to finish off last-minute legislation it wants to pass before the end of the year.

Monday morning’s Council Briefing has no special presentations or executive sessions scheduled.

Monday afternoon’s full City Council meeting — the second-to-last one of the year — is scheduled to include final votes on:

  • a six-month extension on redevelopment of mobile-home parks;
  • a labor agreement for additional pay for Seattle’s fire chiefs;
  • the Q4 employment ordinance;
  • an ordinance changing the rules for Seattle City Light’s Rate Stabilization Account;
  • a resolution ratifying the regional salmon habitat plan;
  • a resolution approving Seattle City Light’s biennial energy conservation target;
  • several appointments to boards and commissions.

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

  • an MOU between the city and several labor unions representing city employees regarding a joint collective bargaining agreement;
  • an ordinance providing for salary increases for certain non-represented city employees;
  • the 2022 Pay Zone Ordinance, adjusting pay zone structures for the city’s discretionary pay programs;
  • an update to the city’s traffic code to align it with changes to state law;
  • a resolution approving the city’s legislative agenda for the upcoming state legislative session;
  • an update to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance;
  • an update to the city’ fire prevention ordinance;
  • an ordinance adding new responsibilities to the City Attorney’s Office regarding reporting on diversion programs;
  • an ordinance creating a new compensation program for the position of SFD Fire Chief;
  • A resolution expressing the city’s intent to (finally) address unreinforced masonry buildings;
  • several appointments.

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

  • a long list of appointments;
  • a Race and Social Justice Initiative presentation on behalf of the Department of Finance and Administrative Services;
  • an ordinance amending the city’s 2021 HUD Action Plan, and a public hearing on the proposed 2022 HUD Action Plan;
  • An ordinance waiving street and alley vacation fees for publicly-funded affordable housing projects;
  • an ordinance requiring employers to provide free parking for construction workers in Seattle.

Tuesday afternoon, the Public Assets and Native Communities Committee meets. The agenda has not been published yet, but is expected to include deliberations of the renewal of the management agreement for the Woodland Park Zoo.

Wednesday morning, the Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee meets.  The agenda for the meeting has not yet been published.

Wednesday afternoon, the Governance and Education Committee meets. The agenda has not yet been published but it is expected to focus on the proposed update to the Council’s rules.

Thursday morning, the Public Safety and Human Services Committee meets. The agenda has not been published yet.

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  1. Will miss SCCI.
    CAN you EXPLAIN WHY This??

    an ordinance requiring employers to provide free parking for construction workers in Seattle

    1. Sawant got the idea from the recent carpenters’ strike. The carpenters have to bring their own tools to and from a work site, which essentially requires them to drive rather than take transit. When the job is downtown, that’s some pretty expensive parking. The carpenters successfully negotiated for a higher reimbursement for parking at a job site, and Sawant wants it for everyone else, not just the carpenters.

  2. The salmon recovery plan (Resolution 32031 on Monday’s Council agenda) is for WRIA (Water Resource Inventory Area) 9, the Duwamish watershed (and a few smaller streams that flow straight into the Sound). Unfortunately, not by itself “regional.”

    Your summaries and analyses are going to be missed!

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