The Council is back, and wasting no time getting busy on legislation. To no one’s surprise, homeless encampments were the big topic.
When the Parks District Levy passed in the fall of 2014, the City Council committed to investing in a performance review and management of the Department of Parks and Recreation to ensure that levy funds would be spent well. They allocated $317,000 in the 2015 budget, and in the fall of 2015 Matrix Consulting was hired to perform a review. Last Thursday, Matrix delivered their draft report to the Council’s Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries and Waterfront Committee. (presentation here)
For the past several weeks the Monday afternoon Full Council meetings have been pretty tame affairs, with not a lot of legislation of substance up for approval. That streak ends tomorrow. Oh, and the committee meetings this week are equally full of important legislation and presentations.
Happy Friday! Today’s news is mostly a continuation of yesterday’s.
Several long-term planning efforts get airtime this week in Council Chamber.
Yesterday’s vote on tenant protections tops the news this morning. Plus we found out that the Mayor should text when he’s jet-lagged.
A handful of interesting notes from this morning’s Council Briefing, which featured a presentation on Seafair.
Despite the Monday federal holiday, there’s still a lot going on this week; much of it relates to housing.
The 2035 Comprehensive Plan final draft has been published by the Mayor’s Office, and is about to go through an extensive review process both as a public process and by the City Council. Yesterday the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee got a high-level overview of the changes in the plan and the process the Council will use to review it.