This week the Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee will consider an update to the city’s zoning for marijuana-related activity. Continue reading Marijuana zoning updates to be considered
Now that the budget is done, things are getting busy for the City Council again — especially since there is only a month left before the end of several Council members’ terms (and only two weeks before they break for the holidays). Continue reading This week at the City Council – committee wrap-up
The Transportation Committee met on Tuesday (11/24), with a long agenda. Continue reading Transportation committee meeting
This morning’s Budget Committee meeting — chair Lick Licata’s last — was largely routine, other than one speech by Council member Kshama Sawant.
With Thanksgiving this week, Wednesday through Friday are quiet at City Hall. But there will be enough action on Monday to make up for it as the Council finishes the 2016 budget. Continue reading This week: final budget, Thanksgiving
The Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee met this afternoon to receive a report from the Director of SPU, to approve three historical landmarks, and to discuss changes to the Pike Place Market Historical Commission.
Council member Kshama Sawant is throwing down the gauntlet on parental leave. Continue reading Sawant fires up her supporters on parental leave
The all-important “Round 2” meeting of the budget committee is taking place now. You can watch it live here. The council chambers are packed with citizens who wanted to speak on behalf of specific budget items, and committee chair Licata expanded the public comment section of the meeting from 10 minutes to a full hour. It’s very clear that Council member Sawant’s calls for people to show up and speak were heard — many people spoke in favor of more funding for the homelessness issue, affordable housing, 12 weeks of parental leave, municipal broadband, and other items in Sawant’s progressive agenda.
I will post a summary of the meeting, with a pointer to the video archive, tonight.
Keep in mind that this is a process-heavy meeting: first they need to decide which items to place on the agenda for discussion (by amending the agenda), then they need to actually discuss and vote on adding each of those items to the budget. If you’re watching, expect it to be slow progress.