Officials and Guests in Attendance: All City Council members were present and one City employee guest. City Councilmembers were prepared, attentive, respectful.
Accessing the Meeting and Materials
The meeting started on time - 2:00pm, adjourning at 3:15pm. I observed the entire meeting and had a copy of the agenda before the meeting. The meeting was easy to access.
Summary of Discussion
The agenda was followed.
Proclamation Honoring MLK
After roll call there was a proclamation honoring Martin Luther King Unity Week presented to City employee N. Hunter. She was accepting it on behalf of all City workers. L. Gonzalez read the proclamation.
T. Mosqueda reminded all of some of King's words - we have to move out of our comfort zone, get to the root of the problem, push forward bold agendas and thanked City employees for all their work.
T. Morales wanted to celebrate the City staff, the people pushing to have the problems acknowledged and worked on, especially black women.
L. Gonzalez also thanked all the City workers.
N. Hunter thanked the Council for the proclamation and went on to share the names of several black women in the City who have made contributions. She also said that we need to do more. There are folks that have left the City because in many ways we have moved backwards. More has to be done.
Minutes were approved.
Referral Calendar was adopted.
Agenda was approved.
Payment of Bills
Voted on unanimously.
Calling for US - Cuban collaboration to fight Covid.
K.Sawant was disappointed the Mayor's name/signature was coming off the resolution. She knows it is not necessary for the Mayor to sign it but is disappointed the Mayor does not support it.
A. Pedersen said he was going to vote no because it was out of the scope of what a City Council should focus on and he was not an expert in this area. He would abstain but there is no option to abstain for this type of vote.
The resolution passed 8 in favor, 1 against.
Four appointments/reappointments to the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority were unanimously approved.
Two appointments to the Pike Place Market Historical Commission were unanimously approved.
One appointment to the Urban Forestry Commission was unanimously approved.
One reappointment to the Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority Governing Council was unanimously approved.
Six reappointments to the Public Safety and Human Services Committee were unanimously approved.
A bill extending for 12 months interim regulations relating to floodplains was unanimously approved. Permanent regulations to come before the Council by the end of the year.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:15pm.
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