Short and sweet today.
This morning, the City Council held a public hearing and discussion of the latest incarnation of a new tree-protection ordinance, but Council member Rob Johnson, the bill’s sponsor, made clear that it’s still months away from becoming law and may change significantly — again — between now and then.
Earlier this week, the city released its draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed renovation of Key Arena by the Oak View Group. The document is 321 pages, with another 306 pages of appendices. Here’s a guide to what it says, and how you should let the city know your thoughts.
Also, we learn what a “woonerf” is.
The Council resolution regarding the proposed Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) plant in Tacoma passed out of committee this afternoon. In the process, we saw some interesting power dynamics play out. We also got to witness a rare sight: Council member Kshama Sawant stuck her foot in her mouth and bit down hard.
Remember that resolution Council member Kshama Sawant introduced opposing the liquid natural gas (LNG) plant that Puget Sound Energy is building in Tacoma? The one that Sawant’s colleagues referred to Council member Debora Juarez’s committee for more work, over Sawant’s (mild) objections? It has finally re-emerged, on the agenda for Juarez’s committee meeting on Wednesday. And it’s changed.
This morning, the usually sleepy Seattle City Employees Retirement System (SCERS) board meeting had its moment in the spotlight, as a large number of activists and a handful of local politicians showed up to urge the board to divest the city’s pension fund from fossil fuel companies.
It was a thoughtful, respectful, and long conversation. A lot of listening happened, and much appreciation was extended in both directions for the depth of thought and energy that went into analysis and remarks. It was exactly the kind of conversation you wish every activists-meet-government conversation could be.
But at the end of the day, the city won’t divest out of fossil fuels anytime soon. Here’s why.
In response to President Trump’s decision last week to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change, today the City Council passed a resolution affirming the city’s commitment to continue to live up to its requirements.
In this afternoon’s Full Council meeting, there are two agenda items. Both of them surfaced disagreements among the Council members, and both times an unlikely voting bloc emerged: Sawant and Harrell.
Happy 2017! The Council resumes work on Tuesday. With the holiday, Monday’s regularly-scheduled meetings shift to Tuesday, and Tuesday’s regular meetings are bumped to Friday.
If you’re a housing and zoning wonk, you’re going to want to spend time at City Hall this week.