This afternoon, the City Council voted 5-1 to appoint Council member Tim Burgess as Seattle’s 55th Mayor, succeeding Bruce Harrell who will return to his position as Council President and representative of the 2nd District.
This morning at the Council Briefing, more details became clear on how the mayoral appointment, and the follow-on Council appointment, will happen.
This morning, Council President Pro Tem Lorena Gonzalez issued a statement declaring that she will not seek to be appointed Mayor for the period between now and the end of November.
Her full statement:
Fasten your seat belt. By the end of the day Monday we may have another new Mayor, and the Council may be working an appointing a new colleague. Plus: budget work begins, the Uptown rezone wraps up, and more.
Last Week, Council President Harrell sent a memo to his Council colleagues clarifying the process that would follow if Mayor Ed Murray were to step down before the end of his term, as several people have called on him to do. Or at least clarifying parts of it, because the path leads into uncharted territory.
Monday morning at its weekly Council Briefing, the Office of Intergovernmental Relations will give its last regularly-scheduled briefing on the state legislative session — though it may give irregular updates the special session progresses.
Also Monday morning, the Select Committee on the Budget meets to receive an update from the City Budget Office on city revenues and the economic climate.
Monday afternoon’s Full Council meeting will feature the approval of 29 appointments.
This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar has another 15 appointments.
Tuesday morning, the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development and Arts Committee meets. There’s bad news and good news: The bad news is a briefing on the draft 5-year business plan for Seattle Public Utilities, and rates are going up more than they thought they would need to raise them. The good news is briefings on two cool programs: Josephine, and the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association.
Tuesday afternoon, the Energy and Environment Committee meets. On its agenda are two items:
- a report on Seattle City Light’s Race and Social Justice Initiative;
- an ordinance granting an easement to King County for running a drainpipe from a new sewer overflow treatment plant to the Duwamish River.
Wednesday morning, the Gender Equity, Safe Communities, and New Americans Committee meets. The agenda has not been published for this meeting yet. UPDATE 4/24: the committee will continue its work on the police accountability legislation.
Wednesday afternoon, the Human Services and Public Health Committee meets. The agenda for the meeting is not yet published.
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…