There are two notable items of news related to Seattle City Light today: an audit of its billing practices, and more details on the Mayor’s nominee for the utility’s CEO position.
Today Mayor Jenny Durkan nominated Debra Smith to be the new CEO of Seattle City Light.
This afternoon, the City Council voted to send Seattle City Light’s 2019-2024 Strategic Plan out of committee and to the full Council for final approval on July 9th, along with some direction on how to address the power utility’s biggest issues.
Next week the City Council begins the process of reviewing and revising the six-year Strategic Plan for Seattle City Light. They have a lot of issues to dig through.
It was a four-meeting day. I’ll write on the Civic Arenas and Budget committee meetings separately, but here’s what happened in the Council Briefing and Full Council meetings (tl;dr: Sawant voted “no” on a bunch of things)
Yesterday Seattle Public Utilities briefed the Council on a pair of new contracts it has negotiated with Waste Management and Recology. And there’s a fair amount of good news.
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.
In the middle of Mayor Durkan’s press conference announcing the resignation of SPd Chief Kathleen O’Toole, she dropped a bombshell: she has also accepted the resignation of Larry Weis as CEO of Seattle City Light.
Lots of goings on today…
Yesterday afternoon the Council voted to declare a piece of city property to be surplus, and to allow the official owner, Seattle City Light, to sell it. Selling off surplus city property is a fairly regular occurrence, but for many reasons this one stands out as a rather frustrating exception.