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2010 City Council Retreat
Video from the 2010 Legislative Department Staff Retreat.
2012 City Council Retreat
Video from the 2012 Legislative Department Staff Retreat.
Budget Committee and Events
The Seattle City Council's Budget Committee focuses on topics relating to the City's budget. Meetings are chaired by Councilmember Tim Burgess. This section also includes other budget related videos.
City Inside/Out: Council Edition
Join host Brian Callanan for a monthly conversation with members of the Seattle City Council. City Inside/Out: Council Edition features a conversation about the issues with three Seattle City Councilmembers.
Committee of the Whole
The Seattle City Council meets as a Committee of the Whole to discuss single issues in depth.
Committee on Public Campaign Finance
The purpose of the Special Committee on Public Campaign Finance is to review the legislative proposal sent to Council by the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission for the establishment of a public campaign finance system. The Committee will deliberate and make a final decision as to whether to send a proposal for consideration by voters in the November general election.
Council Briefings
Informative sessions with Council Members and City Staff that focus on current issues that may come before the City Council. Every Monday at 9:30 a.m.
Council Conversations
Join host Josephine Cheng to learn more about the Seattle City Councilmembers. Find out why they got into politics, what drives their decisions and why they love the Emerald City. Tune in each month to hear more from one Councilmember as Cheng dives into their history as politicians in a different spot around town – a spot that means something to each lawmaker.
Council Press Conferences
Press conferences and special announcements made by the Seattle City Council.
Economic Resiliency and Regional Relations 2012/2013
Councilmember Clark chairs this 2012/2013 committee, which focuses on: economic resiliency and economic development policies and programs; regional, state, federal, and other governmental matters; and historic preservation
Education and Governance Committee 2014/2015
Councilmember Tim Burgess chairs this Education and Governance Committee. As Chair of this committee, Councilmember Burgess focus on issues relating to public schools and improving student success rates, intergovernmental relations, ethics and elections, as well as personnel issues and labor-management relations.
Energy and Environment 2012/2013
Councilmember O'Brien chairs this 2012/2013 committee, which focuses on: Seattle City Light; and the City's energy and environmental policies, stewardship, conservation programs, and initiatives.
Energy Committee 2014/2015
Councilmember Kshama Sawant chairs this Energy Committee. As Chair of this committee, Councilmember Sawant focus on issues relating to Seattle's energy usage, as well issues relating to alternative energy sources, air pollution regulation, energy utility rates, and Seattle City Light finances.
Finance and Culture Committee 2014/2015
Councilmember Nick Licata chairs the Finance and Culture Committee. The committee is responsible for reviewing the Mayor’s proposed budget and City financial management policies. Councilmember Licata’s committee also manages issues relating to Seattle’s art and culture, which includes nightlife issues and public access television.
Full Council
The Seattle City Council's Full Council acts on matters referred to the Council from its many committees. The Council meets every Monday at 2:00 p.m.
Government Performance and Finance 2012/2013
Councilmember Burgess chairs this 2012/2013 committee, which focuses on: government performance and accountability; financial management and policies of the City and its agents; oversight of public works construction projects; fleets, facilities, and other administrative functions; personnel issues; the City Employees' Retirement System; oversight of ethics and elections; education activities; and the Customer Service Bureau.
Housing Affordability, Human Services and Economic Resiliency Committee 2014/2015
Councilmember Sally J. Clark chairs this Committee on Housing Affordability, Human Services and Economic Resiliency. Councilmember Clark’s committee handles issues concerning affordable housing, homelessness, child care, and disability services, local and regional public health, as well as policies relating to economic development and affordability, including the minimum wage.
Housing, Human Services, Health, and Culture 2012/2013
Councilmember Licata chairs this 2012/2013 committee, which focuses on: human services, homelessness, child care, aging, and disability services; housing policies and programs; local and regional public health; arts activities, nightlife issues, and public access television.
Labor Relations Policy 2012/2013
Councilmember Burgess chairs this 2012/2013 committee.
Libraries, Utilities, and Center 2012/2013
Councilmember Godden chairs this 2012/2013 committee, which focuses on: the Seattle Public Library; water, drainage, wastewater, and solid waste services provided by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU); and the Seattle Center.
Open Government Committee
The Open Government Committee has two purposes. One is to support the transparency of City Council decision making by improving citizens' access to public documents. The other is to improve communication between the Council and citizens about potential Council actions so that the Council can have the best possible understanding of citizens' views on those potential actions.
Parks and Neighborhoods 2012/2013
Councilmember Sally Bagshaw chairs this 2012/2013 committee, which focuses on: parks, public grounds, recreation, community centers, the Woodland Park Zoo, and the Seattle Aquarium; and neighborhoods.
Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries, and Gender Pay Equity Committee 2014/2015
Councilmember Jean Godden chairs this Parks, Seattle Center, Libraries, and Gender Pay Equity Committee. As Chair of this committee, Councilmember Godden takes up issues surrounding the gender pay gap in Seattle, as well as issues relating to City parks, community centers, and public grounds, including the Seattle Center. Her committee also manages legislation relating to the Seattle Public Library system.
Pedestrian Safety Committee
Council Members discuss issues surrounding pedestrian and bicycle safety. Council President Nick Licata and Council Member Jan Drago co-chair this meeting.
Planning, Land Use and Sustainability 2012/2013
Councilmember Conlin chairs this 2012/2013 committee, which focuses on: planning; land use; urban sustainability; and emergency preparedness, management and response.
Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee 2014/2015
Councilmember Mike O’Brien chairs the Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee. In addition handling policies involving City zoning, planning, and land use regulations, Councilmember O’Brien takes up matters that relate to climate and environmental protections, conservation programs, and green infrastructure.
Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology 2012/2013
Councilmember Harrell chairs this 2012/2013 committee, which focuses on: law enforcement; fire prevention and suppression; emergency medical services; criminal justice; civil rights issues; city information technology planning, implementation, and organization.
Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee 2014/2015
Councilmember Bruce Harrell chairs the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee. As chair, Councilmember Harrell considers policies relating to law enforcement, crime prevention and criminal justice, civil rights, emergency preparedness and medical services, City information technology planning and implementation, and cable telecommunication services in Seattle.
Seattle City Light Committee 2014/2015
Councilmember Kshama Sawant chairs the committee handling issues involving Seattle City Light. The committee handles policies relating to Seattle’s energy usage, as well issues relating to alternative energy sources, air pollution regulation, energy utility rates, and Seattle City Light finances.
Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee 2014/2015
Councilmember Sally Bagshaw chairs this Seattle Public Utilities and Neighborhoods Committee. Councilmember Bagshaw oversees Council’s work on issues surrounding services provided by Seattle Public Utilities, including water, drainage, wastewater, and solid waste services. The committee also consider matters involving Seattle neighborhoods, such as neighborhood outreach and engagement.
Seattle Transportation Benefit District
The Seattle Transportation Benefit District is governed by a Board, comprised of Seattle City Councilmembers acting ex officio and independently of their elected position. The STBD Board will seek guidance and advice from an established Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee III.
Select Committee on Minimum Wage and Income Inequality
The Select Committee will work with the Mayor's Office, The Office of Policy and Innovation, the Department of Finance and Administrative Services, the City Budget Office, and the City Attorney's Office to study current minimum wage standards, enforcement of minimum wage standards, and potential modifications to these protocols.
Select Committee on Parks Funding
The purpose of the Select Committee on Parks Funding is to review recommendations from the Parks Legacy Citizen Advisory Committee regarding a package of parks and recreation services (including capital projects, maintenance and operations, and programs) and funding options for implementing that package. The Committee will deliberate and make a final decision as to whether to send a proposal for consideration by voters in the August, 2014 election.
Select Committee on Preschool for All
Select Committee on Preschool for All
Select Committee on Utility Strategic Planning
The purpose of the Select Committee on Utility Strategic Planning is limited to evaluation and consideration of approval of Seattle Public Utilities' proposed Strategic Plan and updates to Seattle City Light's Strategic Plan.
South Lake Union Committee
Review and recommend action on proposed legislation submitted by the Executive related to rezoning and redevelopment efforts in South Lake Union. Councilmember Richard Conlin chairs this special committee.
Special Committee for Educational Achievement
Special Committee for Educational Achievement for Seattle School Children.
Special Committee on Central Waterfront, Seawall, and Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program
Analyze, review, and as appropriate, act on Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program proposals and legislation including steps to implement the Bored Tunnel Alternative, the Moving Forward projects, and the seawall replacement; agreements between the City and WSDOT; and all mitigation plans and efforts.
Special Committee on City Light Strategic Plan
Deliberate and review Seattle City Light's proposed six-year Strategic Plan for City Light including the level of O&M and capital expenditures and supporting rates for 2013-2018, make changes as appropriate, and to adopt a final Plan by the end of June 2012.
Special Committee on Law and Risk Management
The purpose of the Special Committee on Law and Risk Management is to provide policy oversight, deliberate and make recommendations intended to improve how the City manages the legal risk and liability the City faces as a result of providing services.
Special Committee on SR 520
The Special Committee will monitor the activities of WSDOT, SDOT, the Governor's office and the State Legislature, and community stakeholders with regard to the SR 520 Project and take necessary actions or make policy recommendations in 2010.
Special Committee on Taxi, For-hire, and Limousine Regulations
The Committee will work with the Department of Finance and Administrative Services to study the existing market for Taxi, For-hire, and Limousine services, the current approach to the regulation of these services and potential modifications to this regulatory structure.
Special Committee on the Library Levy
Special Committee to review and recommend action on proposed levy options submitted by the Library Board to the City Council (and the Mayor) for a vote of the people of Seattle in August, 2012.
Special Committee on Waterfront Planning
The purpose of the Special Waterfront Planning Committee is to review, monitor and act on plans, strategies and partnerships for the management, use and programming of new public spaces on the Central Waterfront. The Committee will also review and act on development or redevelopment of Parks Department's waterfront properties on the Central Waterfront, including the Central Waterfront Master Plan for Piers 57-63 (Alaskan Way Landing).
Special Committee on Yesler Terrace
Yesler Terrace is a 30-acre publicly subsidized housing community located on the southern slope of First Hill, adjacent to downtown, Harborview Medical Center, the International District and Seattle University.
Town Hall Committee
Provide an opportunity for public engagement with the Council on issues and concerns. Each Town Hall will have a more specific focus which will be announced when the meeting is scheduled.
Transportation Committee 2012/2013
Councilmember Rasmussen chairs this 2012/2013 committee, which focuses on: city-wide and regional transportation and transit policies and planning, street maintenance and rehabilitation, traffic control, and parking policies; neighborhood transportation planning; pedestrian and bicycle programs; coordination of transportation issues and the representation of the Council's interests on transportation.
Transportation Committee 2014/2015
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen chairs the 2014/2015 Transportation Committee. The committee will handle matters pertaining to city-wide and regional transportation policy and planning. These issues range from pedestrian and bicycle programs, traffic control and parking policies, and overseeing the City’s coordination with regional and state departments of transportation.


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