Climate Activists Occupied BNSF Offices on Monday: Forty-three climate activists staged a sit-in at BNSF's Pacific Northwest offices Monday morning to protest the proliferation of coal and oil trains on Seattle-area tracks. Raging Granny Cynthia Linet read a letter with the protesters' demands to a BNSF executive over the phone. Activists asked that the railway company respect tribal treaty rights, staff crude oil trains with a minimum of two people, and stop running crude oil trains past packed Seattle stadiums during games. Most of the activists left voluntarily after two hours, but 13 were cited with criminal trespass after being escorted from the building.
SPD Releases Dashcam Footage of Fatal Carjacking in Northeast Seattle: SPD also released more details about the Sunday night car chase that ended with police shooting a 35-year-old suspect. Police say the suspect stole three cars at gunpoint and fired a gun at police officers before a SWAT team opened fire on the suspect in Wedgwood.
Thanks to Rainier Beach Student Activists, Low-Income Students Can Receive Free Orca Cards Next Year: A pilot program that allows 50 low-income students who live within two miles of their schools to receive free ORCA cards will expand to the whole district. Much of that is thanks to the work of the students themselves, who hosted a town hall at Rainier Beach High School and testified at City Hall.
King County Council Approves 12 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave for Employees: It's still a one-year pilot program, though, and employees would have to use all but a week of their vacation and paid sick leave before parental leave kicks in.
And the Seattle City Council, Which Rejected 12 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave, Passed a Non-Binding Gender Pay Equity Resolution: Heidi has more here.
The State Transportation Commission Will Hear About a New Way to Pay for State Roads This Morning: Instead of paying for state roads with a gas tax—which is reeling in less and less as more people switch to hybrid and electric cars—today the Washington State Transportation Commission will hear from a committee about the possibility of switching to a road usage-based model. The same commission will report its findings to Governor Inslee and the state legislature next month.
A Seattle Attorney Is Running for Embattled State Auditor Troy Kelley's Seat: Democrat Jeff Sprung, supported by Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Queen Anne) and Senator David Frockt (D-Seattle), has represented whistleblowers at his practice, but has never run for public office. KING 5 has more.
At the Second Week of Climate Talks, Governor Jay Inslee Signs New Pacts: Inslee signed agreements with France and Chile, as well as a compact that allows signatories of the Under 2 MOU—a subnational agreement among 65 jurisdictions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions between 80 and 95 percent by 2050—to track their progress.
As Many as 200 People Are Sick After a Catered Event in Downtown Seattle: Norovirus, or the "stomach flu," has struck between 175 and 200 people who attended a catered event at the Russell Investments Center in downtown Seattle. "We anticipate that number is probably low," a medical epidemiologist with the Seattle and King County Public Health Department told the AP.
Amazon's Jeff Bezos Offered to Shoot Donald Trump into Space: This happened after Trump trashed Amazon, the Washington Post, and Bezos on Twitter. On Monday, Trump also called for rejecting Muslims from the U.S. and "closing that internet up in some ways."