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.
(several updated incorporated below — thanks to Kirstan Arestad, Director of the Council’s Central Staff, for her helpful feedback)
In a couple of weeks the City Council will drop nearly everything and spend the next two months hammering out the 2018 city budget. Budget committee chair Tim Burgess has published a schedule for how the Council members and their staff will spend that time.
This morning the Mayor and City Council President officially announced a poorly-kept secret: that the State of the City address will be delivered next Tuesday morning at 9:30am at a special meeting of the Seattle City Council held at Idris Mosque in Northgate.
If you plan to attend, get there early. Doors open at 8:30am.
Here’s the full text of the announcement:
Mayor Murray, Council President Harrell announce State of the City to be held at Idris Mosque
SEATTLE (February 13, 2017) — Mayor Ed Murray’s fourth State of the City address will be held on February 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at Idris Mosque, Mayor Murray and Council President Bruce Harrell announced today. The address will be given during a Special Council Meeting which will be open to the public and live-streamed by Seattle Channel. This will be the first time Mayor Murray has held one of his major speeches to Council outside City Hall, though previous mayors have done so. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m.
Idris Mosque was the first of its kind designed in the Arabesque architecture style to be built west of the Mississippi River, opening in 1981. The mosque has opened its doors to Muslims and non-Muslims alike in serving the Seattle community for more than 30 years. Both the City and Idris Mosque are committed to the American ideal of separation of church and state. With this address Mayor Murray and Council are standing with Seattle’s Muslim community in their house of worship as we fight state sanctioned discrimination by the Trump Administration. Throughout its history Seattle has stood with communities facing persecution from the government, including during the civil rights era at Black churches.
The Special Meeting will be gaveled into session by Council President Harrell at 9:30 a.m., and all guests must be seated by that time. Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis, including an overflow space downstairs. Attendees will either need to remove their shoes and place them in a cubby upon entering, or wear a shoe cover provided at the entrance. No food or drink, except water, will be allowed inside. All other City Rules of Conduct regarding City Buildings and Premises will apply. Additional viewing venues will be announced later this week.
Attendees are strongly advised to use public transportation, as nearby parking is limited. King County Metro routes 73, 75, 77 and 373 serve the corner of 15th Ave NE and NE Northgate Way. Northgate Transit Center is 1.2 miles to the southwest.
The Council meeting is scheduled to conclude at 11 a.m.
Mayor Ed Murray City Council
|WHAT:||2017 State of the City|
|WHEN:||Tuesday, February 21, 2017 9:30 – 11 a.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)|
|1420 NE Northgate Way Seattle, WA 98125|
The overnight snow has thrown a wrench into the works for this week’s City Council meeting schedule; here’s how things are getting re-arranged.
It’s the last week before the City Council takes its winter recess for the last two weeks of December. The week is bookended with full Council meetings: one on Monday to vote on items from the last few weeks, and one on Friday to vote on urgent items passed out of committee this week. And since five committees meet this week, there should be plenty to vote on.
Between now and Thanksgiving, the Seattle City Council will be almost singularly focused on one task: writing the city’s budget for the 2017–2018 biennium. Budget chair Tim Burgess, in his first year in the position, has made some tweaks to the process and schedule in the hopes of making it more efficient, transparent, and open to new and interesting proposals.
The City Council has eleven meetings scheduled this week. Yikes.
The City Council returns from its two-week recess on Tuesday.
The City Council wraps up its August recess this week, so no meetings, but as we learned last week several Council members are still in town and shaking things up behind the scenes.
If the Mayor makes any announcements this coming week we’ll probably hear a Council response, otherwise expect it to be quiet until things resume after Labor Day.
The City Council is in recess this week (and next week). But since they covered so much ground last week, I’ll be catching up on all the things I missed while they were out.