Catalina Vel-DuRay
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Awesome Person 2011
SWASHBUCKLING HERO 2012
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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.
5:02 PM yesterday Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Five Dead in Shooting at Skagit County Mall, Suspect Now in Custody.
So not even the perfume counter at The Bon Marche is safe from these psychotic misfits with their phallic symbols. How sad. Conservatism continues to hold our country back.
Sep 24 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Your Guide to Seattle's Best Thrift and Vintage Stores.
Don't forget St Vincent de Paul. There's one on First Avenue in Burien, one out in Kenmore ( for the UW Bothell crowd) and one on Aurora up by the city limits. Better pricing than Value Village.

And the Shoreline Goodwill on 15th is really quite nice.
Sep 23 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Hillary's Poll Numbers Are Improving (But There's No Improving the Electoral College).
There's few things more precious than young people who think they invented disillusion.

Your children, in particular, have a lot on the line Adam dear. May I gently suggest that they get over themselves and start participating in society? Life is a series of choices, most of which are not very good, and then you die. The sooner they figure that out, the better.
Sep 22 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Hillary's Poll Numbers Are Improving (But There's No Improving the Electoral College).
Here's the reason why no one - millennial or otherwise - should vote for Gary Johnson: He's an idiot.

I get how people want a third party. They think they're special, they don't conform to the norm. They drink microbrews and ride unconventional bicycles. But if Johnson and Stein were beers they'd be Milwaukee's Best and Keystone light, opened and left out all night so that they are room temperature and flat. You may be able to drink them, but they probably wouldn't agree with you.
Sep 21 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Well, Here's an Image of Donald Trump That's Enough to Make Your Heart Stop.
Comments Comltatus dear, allow me to quote "Parks and Recreation's" Donna (who is one of my role models as a municipal employee)

"Is there ā€“ and Iā€™m just guessing here ā€“ some kind of medication that you maybe need a lot of and have taken none of, or maybe too much of, today?ā€
Sep 20 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Beginning Next Year, Seattle's Fast Food and Big Box Employees Will Get More Control Over their Work Schedules.
"If I were a large company with employees covered under this proposal I would seriously consider leaving Seattle. Simply sell off, close or withdraw your business. The city has made it very clear you are not wanted here."

Oh sure. Starbucks or Safeway or Four Seasons or Hyatt are all going to pack up and leave because they have to be a little more careful in scheduling.
Sep 20 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Next for #BlocktheBunker Campaign: Block the New Youth Detention Center, Block the Hiring of Any New Police Officers.
minuteman dear, it's spelled "Kumbaya".

And I should clarify what I wrote earlier about police: The way the city government works is that each position has a "pocket", and it's very hard to get a new pocket created. To appease some of the more strident BLM activists, the city could agree not to fill pockets when police retire, or not ask for new pockets until people cool down a bit, but there's no way they'd reduce the number of pockets allotted to the police.

But here's the thing: Seattle activists (and the journalists who write about them) are extremely gullible. Instead of looking at what was accomplished with the north precinct (if indeed they accomplished anything) and considering their next move, they fly off the handle, declare victory, and demand silly stuff like the police department be shut down and the money for the juvenile jail be redirected to something of their choosing. That's undergraduate level activism, and it doesn't help Black Lives Matter - in fact, it makes them look like the anarchists who like to make a joke out of every political protest in town. I know that BLM is supposed to be leaderless (thus assuring its irrelevance) but they at least need some grown-up strategists.
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Sep 20 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Beginning Next Year, Seattle's Fast Food and Big Box Employees Will Get More Control Over their Work Schedules.
Many years ago, before I became a Municipal Career Gal, I was a Society Hostess at several of Our Better Hotels. At one of them (the Olympic), I had a job where I had to call to get waiters at the last minute, as wealthy people - being the parasites they are, and lacking basic life skills - often don't plan ahead when they want to entertain. I rather like the idea of a last-minute surcharge when Richy McRichPants or Tessie Trustfund want to get the crowd together to brag about Richy's new yacht or look at Tessie's pictures from Nepal.
Sep 19 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Next for #BlocktheBunker Campaign: Block the New Youth Detention Center, Block the Hiring of Any New Police Officers.
Dwight dear, here's the thing - having to live in the city and be a city employee was ruled unconstitutional (in Washington state) back in the 70's. So you can't require the police or any other municipal employee, to live in the city.

And, on balance, that's probably a good thing. Can you imagine what city government salaries would be if they required that all the employees live in Seattle? Mr. Vel-DuRay and I get by okay on our dual government salaries, but we are lucky to have bought property here when it was still reasonable - and I'm certainly happy that my employment is not based on living here. We'll fly the coop as soon as we get an offer we can't refuse, especially now that there's Sounder.
Sep 19 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Next for #BlocktheBunker Campaign: Block the New Youth Detention Center, Block the Hiring of Any New Police Officers.
Oh please. Here's what happened: After the uproar, the SPD pulled back the plans for "the bunker". That means they'll scale back on some of the stuff - like the proposed 1MW of solar on the roof, and some of the other friendlier features - and come back with a more realistic price (which is government 101). They'll get what they really wanted after pretending to concede. The council will agree to it, because that's how it works.

As for the rest of the "demands": Good luck with that. The juvenile jail - a county facility - was specifically spelled out in a bond issue, so the choices are build it, or refund everyone's money and start again. Since the planning has already begun and money has been spent, it will be built.

Stopping the hiring of new police - maybe they can get that through. After all, it's cheaper to not hire people, but the political ramifications among the larger population might eventually overrule that.