Okay, I held my tongue!
According to Ed Cameron,
"Since all pending matters at the end of the session essentially ‘die’ per the Council’s rules, these matters were resubmitted in the new session at our first meeting on January 11th. At that time, the City Clerk determined that the proper process was to re-publicize a Joint Hearing with the proper 14 days notice."
So no backroom politics after all.