Urban Politics #124: New City Council Committees


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By City Councilmember Nick Licata.

With assistance from my Legislative Assistant Newell Aldrich on this issue.

Urban Politics (UP) blends my insights and information on current public policy developments and personal experiences with the intent of helping citizens shape Seattle’s future.

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New City Council Committees

Every two years the City Council has an opportunity to rearrange its committees. Committee Chairs and the subject matter for the committees often change. This year is no different. The current changes were adopted by Resolution 30437 which describes the committee chairs, membership and meeting times of the standing committees of the Seattle City Council for 2002 and 2003.

I’ve detailed the new City Council Committees and chairs and subject matter below as it appeared in the adopted resolution.

— Standing Committee Members, Meeting Days and Times

Energy & Environmental Policy Committee
Chair: Heidi Wills
Vice-Chair: Jim Compton
Member: Margaret Pageler
Alternate: Richard Conlin
1st & 3rd Thursday, 9:30 a.m.

Finance, Budget, Business & Labor Committee
Chair: Jan Drago
Vice-Chair: Nick Licata
Member: Peter Steinbrueck
Alternate: Heidi Wills
1st & 3rd Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.

Housing, Human Services & Community Development Committee
Chair: Richard McIver
Vice-Chair: Judy Nicastro
Member: Nick Licata
Alternate: Peter Steinbrueck
2nd & 4th Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.

Land Use Committee
Chair: Judy Nicastro
Vice-Chair: Richard Conlin
Member: Margaret Pageler
Alternate: Jan Drago
1st & 3rd Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.

Neighborhoods, Arts & Civil Rights Committee
Chair: Nick Licata
Vice-Chair: Jim Compton
Member: Richard Conlin
Alternate: Judy Nicastro
2nd & 4th Tuesday, 2:00 p.m.

Parks, Education & Libraries Committee
Chair: Peter Steinbrueck
Vice-Chair: Jan Drago
Member: Judy Nicastro
Alternate: Margaret Pageler
2nd & 4th Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.

Police, Fire, Courts & Technology Committee
Chair: Jim Compton
Vice-Chair: Margaret Pageler
Member: Jan Drago
Alternate: Richard McIver
1st & 3rd Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.

Transportation Committee
Chair: Richard Conlin
Vice-Chair: Heidi Wills
Member: Richard McIver
Alternate: Nick Licata
1st & 3rd Tuesday, 2:00 p.m.

Water & Health Committee
Chair: Margaret Pageler
Vice-Chair: Richard McIver
Member: Heidi Wills
Alternate: Jim Compton
2nd & 4th Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.

— The duties of the standing committees shall be as follows:

Energy & Environmental Policy Committee: To deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to Seattle City Light and the City’s Office of Sustainability and Environment; issues include energy utility rates, the City’s environmental stewardship program, energy resources and conservation, City Light’s salmon recovery programs, customer service and regional energy matters.

Finance, Budget, Business & Labor Committee: To deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to the financial management and policies of the City and its agents, including the biennial operating and capital budgets, the housing levy and other levies, taxes, revenue, audits, judgment and claims against the City, and administration of the City of Seattle; oversight of the City’s public works construction projects, including, but not limited to the Civic Center, South Lake Union and South Downtown development projects; City labor-management relations and personnel issues, including, but not limited to, collective bargaining and other issues related to salary rates, hours and conditions of employment; and neighborhood business issues and economic development policies for the downtown, Broadway and University Way N.E. business districts.

Housing, Human Services & Community Development Committee: To deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to affordable housing, housing finance, public welfare, human services, homelessness, childcare, and community development.

Land Use Committee: To deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to landlord/tenant issues; building, construction, design, zoning and land use issues; Housing and Building Maintenance Code issues; quasi-judicial land use matters; and regional planning, growth management and Seattle Comprehensive Plan issues.

Neighborhoods, Arts & Civil Rights Committee: To deliberate and make recommendations on legislative and policy matters relating to neighborhoods, including neighborhood plans and their implementation, outreach, and capital funding; arts activities and preservation; civil rights; ethics and elections issues; and facilitating citizen involvement in the public life of Seattle.

Parks, Education & Libraries Committee: To deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters including parks, libraries, public grounds and recreation, community centers, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Center, property management, open space; educational activities within the City’s purview, including Council/School Board relations, oversight of the Families and Education Levy; legislative items related to Project Lift-Off, and progress on the Education Action Agenda.

Police, Fire, Courts & Technology Committee: To deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters in the inter-related areas of police services, fire safety, criminal justice, and how appropriate technologies can assist in making Seattle safe and livable for all; coordination with County, State and Federal law and justice agencies; City information technology planning and implementation, cable telecommunications service and planning, the Public Access Network (PAN), and citizen technology literacy and access issues.

Transportation Committee: To deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to city-wide and regional transportation policies and planning; street maintenance and rehabilitation; traffic control and parking policies; non-motorized transportation; and to coordinate transportation issues and represent the Council with King County, Sound Transit, Puget Sound Regional Council, Elevated Transportation Company, Washington State Department of Transportation, and neighborhoods within the City of Seattle.

Water & Health Committee: To deliberate and make recommendations on legislative matters relating to water, drainage and wastewater, and solid waste services provided by Seattle Public Utilities; issues include SPU environmental services and utility rates; regional water resources and endangered species recovery plans; and to make recommendations to the King County Board of Health.

Monorail Ad Hoc Committee

Council President Peter Steinbrueck also established a special ad hoc committee to coordinate policy issues associated with the monorail and the work of the Elevated Transportation Company (ETC). The Committee will meet periodically, until a public vote on the monorail is held.

I will be heading up the Monorail Committee with Richard Conlin, Judy Nicastro and Heidi Wills also serving on it.

Our first meeting will be this Friday, January 25, at 2 PM in the Council Chambers. The agenda is listed below.

1. Chair’s Report Briefing
2. Overview of Elevated Trasnportaiton Company (ETC) Environmental Impact Statement Process. Presenters: Harold Robertson, Executive Director and Tom Weeks, Board Chair, Elevated Trasnportation Company Council. Briefing

3. ETC Timeline, and Identification of Key Junctures for City. Presenters: Harold Robertson, Executive Director and Tom Weeks, Board Chair, Elevated Trasnportation Company Council. Briefing

4. ETC State Legislature Agenda. Presenters: Harold Robertson, Executive Director and Tom Weeks, Board Chair, Elevated Trasnportation Company Council. Briefing

5. Funding Proposals and Cost Estimates. Presenters: Harold Robertson, Executive Director and Tom Weeks, Board Chair, Elevated Trasnportation Company Council. Briefing

6. Governance Issues. Presenters: Harold Robertson, Executive Director and Tom Weeks, Board Chair, Elevated Trasnportation Company Council. Briefing
Please contact my Legislative Assistant, Newell Aldrich at newell.aldrich@seattle.gov if you wish to be on the notification list for future meetings.

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