The Council held its first hearing this morning on a new ordinance, authored by Council member Kshama Sawant, to restrict slumlords from raising rents for non-compliant housing units. But the details are a little tricky, so it’s worth diving into the details.
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.
The unsanctioned homeless encampment known as the Jungle is back in the news this morning. Plus much more…
The last couple of weeks have not been happy for bicycle enthusiasts, since SDOT released a revision of the Seattle Bike Plan that had significant cutbacks for 2016 and beyond. That was interpreted as both a violation of the voters’ faith when they approved the Move Seattle levy last year, and a failure to deliver on the conditions that the City Council wrote into their approval of the Pronto buyout earlier this year. The bicycle community has been up in arms about it. But yesterday afternoon, representatives from SDOT appeared in front of the City Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee to try to explain their reasons.
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Last Wednesday Council member Lorena Gonzalez held a committee hearing on paid family leave. While it didn’t provide much in the way of direction, it did help to clarify what the parameters are in a paid family leave policy, and the presenters brought forth a tremendous amount of useful data about what other cities, states and countries are doing.
It was a pretty tepid day in Council Chamber, but here are a few interesting tidbits worth noting.
In the news this morning, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reports that the City Council is poised to approve an amended version of Swedish’s Cherry Hill campus master plan.
Also, NextCity covers SDOT’s scaled-back bike plan, which gets a hearing in front of the Council Tuesday afternoon.
Seattle Bike Blog discusses Pronto’s plans for a Ride Free Day, and recounts its up-and-down membership numbers.
It’s a good thing that Council member Tim Burgess just put the 2016 Housing Levy to bed, because he now needs to wrestle three separate budgets to the ground. And the early numbers suggest that there’s some belt-tightening coming in 2017 and 2018.
The Council will be pushing forward on a number of fronts this week, including the confirmation hearings for Sam Assefa, the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, the Bicycle Master Plan, and Sound Transit 3. Also, there’s a book you should read.