There’s lots of transportation-related legislation in front of the City Council this week. Plus a few other nuggets as the Council settles down to work. (UPDATES BELOW)
This week the interesting stuff is happening in Council member Lisa Herbold’s committee.
Efforts to deal with the homelessness crisis in Seattle dominate the news this morning because of two events that happened yesterday.
Now that committees are starting to meet and the Council has dealt with most of the substantive holdover legislation from last year, the waiting game begins for new legislation to start appearing. But first, we’ll hear about the city’s sweeps of unauthorized homeless encampments.
Sound Transit 3, the latest phase of planning for the regional mass transit system, is moving forward at an accelerated pace, as the City Council heard this morning.
The first full City Council meeting with substantive business takes place this week. Plus, a report from Sound Transit on ST3 planning. Continue reading This week: get down to business
Just some quick notes from the morning Council briefing as they prepare for this afternoon’s marathon meeting. Continue reading Council briefing: notes for this afternoon
WSDOT and Seattle Tunnel Partners gave an update to the Seattle City Council this morning on the Viaduct condition, the SR99 tunnel, and ground monitoring. Continue reading Viaduct, tunnel, SR99 updates
In this morning’s council briefing, Council member Harrell gave an update on the negotiations with Comcast since the revelation last week that Philadelphia had negotiated a better deal. He said that Comcast has sent a letter agreeing to provide additional benefits, including service discounts to low-income seniors. Harrell will present the letter (which the City Attorney says is legally binding)when the franchise agreement comes up for vote in this afternoon’s full council meeting, and his belief is that the Council should go ahead and approve the franchise agreement.
This week the City Council will be very busy as it continues to catch up from the post-budget backlog and tie things up before the end of the year (and several Council members leave office). Several committee meetings are scheduled. Continue reading This week at the City Council: busy!