Elliott’s Oyster House and Ivar’s Acres of Clams Reopen This Week
After being closed for nine months due to the city’s seawall construction project, two of Seattle’s biggest and most well-known seafood restaurants are reopening tomorrow: Elliott’s Oyster House and Ivar’s Acres of Clams (as well’s as Ivar’s Fish Bar, the quick-service fish 'n' chips counter). During the breaks, chefs at both restaurants developed new dishes for their menus: Elliott’s has added geoduck tartar, smoked black cod pâté, and cured yellowfin tuna, while Ivar’s will now serve cornmeal-crusted razor clams with preserved lemon and paella with prawns, mussels, clams, salmon, and Uli’s chorizo.Continue reading »
• The Oxford English Dictionary added some new words this June, including cisgender, intersectionality, freegan, hot mess, photobomb, sext, stank, twerk, and vape. Now you have a place to turn if you’re confused by the following text: “This cisgendered freegan photobombed my sext with a fuckin' dumpster muffin in his hand and now I just can't. I’m such a hot mess I could vape, but I don’t wanna get all stanky before I get my twerk on, so I’m just gonna chill and read up on some intersectionality. Been meaning to get into Lorde anyway.”Continue reading »
The Noble Discoverer, Shell's Other Arctic Drilling Rig, Leaves Everett for Alaska: It never even stopped at T5! Five kayaktivists say they were detained by the US Coast Guard when a group went out to "slow" down the rig at dawn. Last year, the Noble Discoverer's operators pleaded guilty to eight felonies related to a faulty pollution control system—and hiding that system from the Coast Guard. The Discoverer is now rounding Whidbey Island, according to MarineTraffic.com.
We're Avoiding a Government Shutdown! The legislature agreed on a budget that will cut college tuition, but not class sizes between the fourth and 12th grades.
$930 Million Move Seattle Levy Will Go on the November Ballot: The Seattle City Council voted unanimously to let voters decide on the plan, a property tax levy that would reinforce vulnerable bridges, repave arterial roads, fix sidewalks, invest in "multimodal" corridor projects and seven new bus rapid transit projects, and fund half of the Bike Master Plan. Heidi's got a full breakdown here.
But if Drivers in Seattle Complain About Parking One More Time: I WILL PULL THIS CAR OVER RIGHT NOW. Really, though, maybe the problem isn't parking; maybe it's the fact that Seattleites keep buying big cars. According to Experian, half the cars registered in Seattle in 2015 were bigger cars, SUVs, vans. "That's about 10% more than other urban cities like San Francisco at 40% and Los Angeles at 37%," reports KING 5. Large car registrations in both those cities have also dropped significantly over the last decade, but not in Seattle.
Three New Homeless Encampments on City Land Are Expected to Open in August: And Heidi explains where we might see them.
Mayor Ed Murray Will Finally Submit Police Reform Legislation to the City Council on July 15: The proposal—agreed to by Murray, the Community Police Commission (CPC), the chief of police, the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) director, and the OPA auditor—would make the CPC permanent. It would also "consolidate" case review under the OPA while handing over other functions of the OPA Review Board to the CPC. But nowhere does the mayor's press release mention negotiating with the police union to get rid of the "stacked" Discipline Review Board, the first priority the CPC and Ansel have highlighted in reforming the SPD. (The DRB is made up of three members—one from the police union, another from police management, and one civilian.) Murray's proposed legislation arrived one week after the CPC submitted its own proposed police reform legislation to the city council. Read more about that here.
A Much-Needed Clean Fuel Standard Is Now Dead in the State Legislature: Which leaves Washington State choking on its own exhaust fumes while Oregon, California, and British Columbia move forward with cleaner fuel regulations. Here's why that was really dumb.
Garfield Teacher Pepper-Sprayed on MLK Day Files Federal Civil Rights Suit Against the Seattle Police Department: Video captured an SPD officer pepper-spraying Jesse Hagopian after he delivered a speech at an MLK Day rally earlier this year. The Associated Press reports that Hagopian has filed a lawsuit over the incident in federal court.
A Drone Crashed into a Building and Knocked Out a Woman at Pride: First drones at parks, now drones at parades. A two-pound drone conked a 25-year-old woman in the head at Fourth Avenue and Madison Street on Sunday. An off-duty firefighter treated the woman's injuries and the drone was turned over to police.
Another Tractor-Trailer Full of Bees Overturned on I-90: Remember when a truck carrying 22 million bees overturned on I-5 earlier this year? Rich called up a beekeeper and learned you need a queen to lure the escaped bees back. Without a queen, bees are homeless. We don't know whether the queen was killed in this I-90 accident near the Washington-Idaho border on Sunday, but we do know that her workers swarmed and shut down one lane of the interstate.
Second-Term Obama Proposes Rule Change That Could Give Five Million More Workers Overtime Starting in 2016: Bypassing Congress, the rule change would double the ceiling on salaries that qualify for overtime. Right now, employers are able to skirt paying employees a fair wage by calling them "managers" (as Lydia DePillis explains over at WaPo), which exempts those employees from overtime if they make more than $23,660 a year. "In fact, those small-time bosses don't even have to be paid anything more for the extra hours they put in to get the job done, not even minimum wage," DePillis writes. The rule change would extend overtime to people making up to $50,400 a year.
Over the weekend, state lawmakers arrived at a deal to finally pass a transportation package. Well, "deal" is a strong word. Over the weekend, certain lawmakers capitulated to certain belligerent assclowns demanding that the state continue to prioritize the interests of the fossil fuel industry over public health.Continue reading »
A woman was knocked unconscious Sunday when she was struck by a small drone during the Pride parade in downtown Seattle.
The 25-year-old woman was standing near Fourth Avenue and Madison Street when the 18-inch-by-18-inch drone crashed into a building and fell into the crowd, striking the woman in the head, according to Seattle police. The woman’s boyfriend caught her as she fell to the ground.
According to the report, the drone weighs about 2 pounds and retails for about $1,200. The drone's operator is still at large, although the victim's friend gave police photographs of the man believed to have been piloting the aircraft.
As we've previously reported, it's illegal to fly drones in city (and King County) parks but legal to fly them everywhere else (as long as their operators adhere to FAA guidelines). And the Seattle police and city attorney's office don't enforce drone usage unless they're used to commit a crime. (It's unclear whether they would pursue a case in which a person committed a crime unintentionally.) The city attorney's office has also admitted that laws are woefully behind technology.
• Chris Squire, bassist for English progressive group Yes, died over the weekend; he was 67. His death is something of shock, as he'd just been diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia last month.
Squire started playing music in 1965 with a local beat group called the Selfs. The Selfs, after some line-up shifts, became known as the Syn and included the addition of future Yes guitarist Peter Banks. The Syn were popular. They had a weekly residency at the famous Marquee club, signed with the Deram label, and released two now highly regarded singles—"Created by Clive" b/w "Grounded" and "Flowerman" b/w "14 Hour Technicolour Dream." When the Syn split in 1967, Banks and Squire joined Mabel Greer's Toyshop which, within the year, had evolved into the first Yes line up.Continue reading »
• First, a moment of silence for bassist and Yes cofounder Chris Squire. Squire passed away yesterday at the age of 67 after having announced only a month ago that he was suffering from leukemia. According to Rolling Stone, Squire was the only member of Yes to appear on all the band's albums.
I realize there probably aren't even a thimble full of Slayer fans who read Slog, but I'm gonna pose the question anyway: If I get to talk to the band, what should I ask them?
As you saw on Slog earlier today, Sydney Brownstone reported that Washington has become the second state in the US to require its public schools to teach Native American history.
Washington, in other words, is mandating that its history courses stop lying, by either omission or other falsification. This would be more admirable if the state were also providing adequate funding for the initiative.Continue reading »
As Glitterbeat did with the 2014 rerelease of Jon Hassell/Brian Eno's Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics, the label will include liner notes by former Seattle author/musician Pat Thomas, who wrote Listen, Whitey! The Sights and Sounds of Black Power, 1965–1975. Thomas says that the reissue will feature deluxe packaging, remastering, and an interview he conducted with Laraaji (aka Larry Edward Gordon) about the making of Day of Radiance.Continue reading »
I'm sorry. Yes, I'm truly sorry for what you inspired me to do. I was obeying the traffic laws, on my bicycle with my helmet on, signaling my left turn intention from the left turn lane, when you, frustrated at the long red light, decided to punch the gas pedal, veer left sharply, and nearly take my life. I usually let such incidents go, but then I saw you parking on Eastlake. You looked approachable, so I tried to let you know that you had truly frightened me and to urge you to please look out for cyclists...Read article »
Affordable housing, density, and urban mobility are perhaps the most pressing issues in Seattle today. The debates are drawing clashing views on growth, and sometimes even tears. Soon, thanks to climate change, sea-level rise may factor into those debates, too.
On Friday, a "coastal resilience panel" from the Urban Land Institute—a nonprofit group made up of real-estate developers, urban planners, and academics—convened at the Duwamish Longhouse to discuss how increased flooding may impact South Park and Georgetown, two of the city's most vulnerable neighborhoods to sea-level rise. Panelists had spent the previous week interviewing stakeholders in the neighborhoods and coming up with a series of recommendations to make the areas more resilient to climate change.
It's no exaggeration to say that sea-level rise could make conditions in both South Park and Georgetown (literally) shitty.Continue reading »
Was it something we said? After some veeeerrry slow responses to our attempts at scheduling a District 4 endorsement meeting that she could attend, the campaign of Seattle City Council member Jean Godden told us—the day before the date we'd settled on with the other candidates—that Godden would not be attending. (Because she needed to go tape a "Video Voters Guide" segment instead.)
Which was a bummer, but we brought Godden's likeness to the meeting anyway so she could be present in some form as her challengers—Tony Provine, Abel Pacheco, Michael Maddux, and Rob Johnson—talked about why she needs to go and why they should be the one to replace her this fall. We'll give you our decision in the July 15 issue of The Stranger. But in the meantime:
Meredith Blake, an entertainment reporter for the LA Times, tweeted that NBC will not air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants due to Trump's recent statements on the character of Mexican immigrants. NBC's response also notes that Trump will not appear on The Apprentice, either, but Trump had already said as much when he decided to run for president.Continue reading »