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
The Council will be pushing forward on a number of fronts this week, including the confirmation hearings for Sam Assefa, the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, the Bicycle Master Plan, and Sound Transit 3. Also, there’s a book you should read.
It was a short Council Briefing without any presentations, but here are the highlights from the roundtable discussion.
SDOT Director Scott Kubly was ushered into office with city officials hailing him as a “transportation visionary.” But in the last year his repeated missteps have eroded his support. If the 2-week closing of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, starting next weekend, goes badly it may be the final straw that causes the Mayor to usher him back out.
The Seattle Times’ weekend story about the dueling reports over Key Arena lead the news this morning.
Just when you thought that the Pronto bikeshare system would be out of the spotlight for a little while, it’s back with a vengeance.