Here’s a quick rundown on what happened today.
Yesterday the Council’s Gender Equity, Safe Communities and New Americans Committee held confirmation hearings for two Mayoral appointees to the Seattle Municipal Court.
It’s going to be a very quiet week in Council Chambers, except for Tuesday.
I hope you like budget discussions… and more budget discussions…
The ongoing debate over how to handle unsanctioned homeless encampments continues to elicit news coverage this morning.
The Mayor’s speech unveiling his 2017-2018 budget proposal grabbed the headlines this morning.
(Updated 9/28 8:00pm. See below)
Whew. Well that happened.
It looks to be a busy week, as the Council simultaneously kicks off the 2017–2018 budget development process and wraps up work on everything else.
Good morning! Lots of bits and pieces in the news this morning.
Happy Independence Day!
With the holiday, the usual Monday meetings have been moved to Tuesday, and the usual Tuesday committee meetings will be on Friday.
Tuesday morning’s Council Briefing should be brief — there are no presentations scheduled. Tuesday afternoon’s Full Council meeting should also be short as there is only one legislative matter on the agenda and it’s expected to sail through with little discussion and no controversy.
On the other hand, this week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar is packed with new legislation, including:
- a resolution beginning the hearing process for Swedish Health Services’ application for an alley vacation on First Hill;
- two ordinances updating the business license tax and fee rates to pay for increasing the police forces;
- two ordinances related to the sale of the Pacific Place Garage;
- a change to the Municipal Arts Fund to allow for expenditures related to maintenance of public art;
- an ordinance allowing Seattle City Light to lease communications facilities on Gold Mountain to allow for communication between remote hydro power facilities and the utility’s control center in Seattle;
- a resolution establishing the Equity and Environment Agenda as official city policy;
- appointment of eleven individuals to the Seattle Design Review Board;
- acquisition of a street corner along Rainier Avenue for installation of traffic equipment and signs.
Wednesday morning the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee meets. It takes up the aforementioned Pacific Place Garage items, and the business tax and fee increases. It will also discuss the Housing and Neighborhoods sections of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.
Wednesday afternoon, the Education, Equity and Governance Committee meets to consider an ordinance that give the city more flexibility to issue taxi licenses to taxicab operators with wheelchair-accessible vehicles.
Friday, the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee and the Sustainability and Transportation Committee both meet; agendas have not yet been published for those meetings