This afternoon, the City Council published a list of its proposed committee structure, to be approved at the new Council’s first full meeting on Monday. The committees and their membership give a strong indication of the topics that each Council member will be focused on, as well as who will be the likely power-brokers in a time of great change for the Council.
This afternoon, Council President Bruce Harrell announced the newest Council committee: the Select Committee on Homelessness and Housing Affordability.
This afternoon the Council adopted a resolution setting in place its committee structure and responsibilities for next year. With Tim Burgess retiring and Teresa Mosqueda stepping in, changes were inevitable, and the committee areas of responsibility give us a clearer idea of the agendas for each of the Council members in the coming year.
Yesterday the Council had its first public hearing on the draft MOU with Oak View Group to renovate and operate Key Arena.
While most of the attention was on the police accountability legislation today, several other things happened that are noteworthy.
Here’s some quick hits from today’s Council Briefing and Full Council meetings.
Monday morning the Council’s Select Committee on Civic Arenas held its first meeting, which entailed a high-level overview of the committee’s purview, as well as the issues related to the SODO Arena and Key Arena proposals that are likely to come before it.
The City Council recently formed a new committee to deal with the issues related to competing arena plans for Key Arena at Seattle Center and the proposed SODO Arena in the Stadium District.
On Monday, the City Council approved its 2017 Work Program: its list of planned work items for the year.
Wednesday morning, the City Council had its first committee hearing on the proposed police accountability legislation. It gave a good preview of some important debates we’ll get to see in the weeks to come.