Catalina Vel-DuRay
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Beacon Hill Housewife and municipal career gal Born and raised in the rolling hills of… more »

Catalina Vel-DuRay is finally back up north.
9:28 AM Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Who Sent the Dumbest Tweet in Reaction to Brexit?.
I think what the WA state GOP probably meant was that Britain did the right thing by leaving the EU, and that the US will do the right thing by electing Trump. It's just that they're not good at expressing themselves, being comprised of halfwits with inherited wealth and rubes who don't know any better.

Something tells me that when you go to their office the waiting room has nothing but old magazines about golfing. And there's probably a picture book of Reagan, with all the pages stuck together.

7:37 AM Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on U.K. Votes to Leave the European Union.
It makes me smile that the Washington State GOP has a Twitter account. And that they use it to say stupid things. I imagine a room full of elderly bros, all in pressed dad jeans with navy blue blazers and baseball caps, trying to think of something to say.
7:15 AM Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on This Week on the Blabbermouth Podcast: Questions About Weed, Investigating "The Audition," and a Blabberphone Brawl.
Here's the deal with tax money, pot or otherwise: Everybody wants services, but we are too busy giving the rich a free ride in this state to pay for it, so anything that can be taxed or "surcharged" is being taxed and surcharged.

You see that with the utility rates - every time they are raised, the cut the city gets (via the utility tax) gets bigger, so the rates go up. The council talks about wanting to keep rates low, but they need that money, so guess what happens.....

In the long run, it's unsustainable without an income tax, but we can't even think of that without having the vapors, so I don't know what the solution is.
10:32 AM yesterday Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Are Democrats Taking a Bold Stand on the Wrong Gun Control Bill?.
It's a foot in the door. If they just wanted to ban some sort of gun sale, the pearl clutching and panty twisting would be epic. If they make it about terrorists - using the Orlando massacre as an in - they have half a chance of getting at least some legislation passed. Then they move on to the next thing.

Until we grow up as a country, this is the way things have to be done.
Jun 22 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on We Remain Prepared Spectacularly Transforms Georgetown Steam Plant to Make an Antiquated Labor Critique.
I volunteer at the monthly Steam Plant open houses, and had the pleasure of meeting some of the cast and crew this last open house. I'm hoping to go see the show.

(and the utility history wonk in me is compelled to correct the minutiae. The plant was constructed by Stone & Webster for the Seattle Electric Company - a forerunner of PSE - and was made obsolete by the development of PSE's Shuffleton Plant in the 30's. It was acquired by City Light in 1951 as part of the voter-approved acquisition of all of PSE's assets in Seattle, and was only used by SCL for a brief time in the early 50's when low snow pack created low water levels on the Columbia. But by maintaining it in a state of readiness, SCL got an annual million dollar credit from BPA until the early 70's)
Jun 21 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Donald Trump Is....
I want him to stay in until at least after the convention. The pandemonium of him resigning after that would be exquisite, and the party would be a mess. What would they do?

But here's my theory - if he wins, he'll resign within six months. Just to say that he was elected president.
Jun 21 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on The Morning News: Seattle’s Active Shooter Classes Fill Up, Police Release Central District Shooting Dashcam, and a Boeing Deal with Iran.
I used to love the Iowa caucus, but they were smaller (it was a Republican town, after all) and people were much more civil and open to discussion. I went to one WA state caucus, and it was both boring and irritating. Like being stuck in one of those timeshare meetings that you only went to because they were giving away bottles of Tequilla. I can't imagine what this last one must have been like.
Jun 20 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Video Shows Police Officer Firing Six Shots, Critically Wounding Man With Knife.
I'm with Señor Guy - those are some serious knives.
Jun 20 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Eight Days After Orlando Shooting, Senate Rejects Gun Restrictions.
Republicans are horrible people.
Jun 16 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on A Queer Person Told Tukwila Businesses to Lower Their Flags for Orlando Shooting Victims.
Oh dear. We've been tone policed for tone policing someone who tone policed some businesses in Tukwila. Where will it end?

And just for the sake of accuracy, no one mentioned "hysteria" other than our dear KT.