Council Meeting Roundup for January 17
Posted on 01/20/2023
Newcastle City Council

On January 17, 2023, Council held a special joint meeting with the Community Activities Commission at 6:00 p.m. before the regular Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. If you missed watching it live, you can always see videos of past Council and Commission meetings on our YouTube page.  

Here are the highlights from last week’s meeting. See the Agenda Packet for additional information and documentation.   

6:00 P.M. Joint Meeting with the Community Activities Commission 

Members of the Community Activities Commission met with Council to give an overview of their 2023 work plan. The plan was approved on consent during the regular Council meeting. 


7:00 P.M. Regular Council Meeting 

Councilmember Comment 

Councilmembers included positive comments about the past weekend’s Lunar New Year celebration at Aegis Gardens, which they noted was very well attended and a great community gathering.  

Welcome, Chief Kajihiro! 

As you may have heard, Newcastle Police Chief Jason Houck has accepted a position within the King County Sheriff’s Department at the City of SeaTac. At this meeting, Chief Houck re-introduced our new chief, Steve Kajihiro. Incoming Chief Kajihiro was a member of the Newcastle PD for 18 years before accepting a promotion to sergeant with the Burien Police Department (another King County Sheriff's Office contract-city department), where he’s served the last four years.   

City Manager Report 

The written report covers upcoming events and staffing updates, as well as information on new public art in Newcastle, a call for youth artists for an exhibition at the library, information on the recent windstorm response, and more.  

A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH) Resolutions 

The 2023 ARCH workplan was presented by ARCH’s executive director, Lindsay Masters. After this, the ARCH 2023 Housing Trust Fund Allocation was presented. Both corresponding resolutions passed. 

The Newcastle City Council wants to hear from you! Members of the public are invited to share thoughts during public hearings or during the two open public comment periods at meetings. Regular meetings of the City Council currently occur on the first and third Tuesdays of each month starting at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. You can email your thoughts to Councilmembers at [email protected]. 

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