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May 22 westello commented on Here's Everyone Running for Mayor, City Council, and Everything Else You'll Have to Vote on This Year.
FYI, three candidates for School Board have dropped out.

District 4 (Director Sue Peters' district - she is not running)
Jeff Jones
Anh M. Nguyen

District 5 (Director Blanford's district - he is not running)
Michelle Sarju

That leaves seven candidates in District 4, five candidates in District 5 and three candidates in District VII (where Director Betty Patu is the only incumbent running).

Also the 36th Dems had interviews this weekend with many candidates for both mayor and school board; you can find them at YouTube.
May 12 westello commented on Savage Love Letter of the Day: She Wants to Flash You Without Being Creepy About It.
I've stayed at the Highline in NYC and they have signs in the rooms explaining the obvious - people on the Highline can see you. The management asks that people curtail their nudity or actions while nude.

It was pretty funny.
May 3 westello commented on New Republican Health Care Bill Likely to Pass: "A Sad Deadly Joke.".
Not to pile on but this new bill will also affect Special Ed services to K-12 students.
May 2 westello commented on The Video To Watch After You Watch That Viral Jimmy Kimmel Video.
Who decides who "didn't take care of themselves?"

@14 thinks it may be people on motorcycles. Is that with or without helmets?
Smoking? Drinking? Obesity (and how fat is too fat)? Too much sun (skin cancer)?

Yes, there are people who don't take care of their bodies. Sometimes it's a stressful life. Sometimes it's lack of food options (food deserts). Sometimes it's laziness and not giving a shit.

But that's insurance. Everyone puts in and it all evens out mostly because someday, someone we all know and care about, will need major care.
Apr 16 westello commented on Guest Editorial: The Motivation Is Political.
1) "Again, assume for the sake of argument that my accuser is not telling the truth." I believe the phrase you are looking for is "innocent until proven guilty."
2) The Mayor says that he does not know who this person is and that seems a bit hard to believe since he also tells us that he has faced this before. I'm sure he has some inkling.
3) Just because law enforcement declines to prosecute does NOT mean an event did not happen. It means they do not have enough evidence - at that time - to take it to court. Cases are revisited when new evidence becomes available (see all the guys who get out of prison because of the ability to check DNA).
4) I know the Mayor and his lawyer believe that they have slam-dunk proven that the accuser's description of the Mayor's anatomy is wrong and that's the end of it. It would have been better to have an independent doctor do that work and I suspect if it goes to court, that's what will happen (a la Michael Jackson).
5) It is true that having an accuser with a long criminal background especially around crimes of truth (like theft, forgery, etc.) does have to be taken into account. But I'm with CM Sawant that victims of sexual abuse seem to sustain far more scrutiny of their lives than many other victims of crime. That's also an important point to keep in mind.

Lastly, the Times editorial board does claim to operate separately from the reporting side (although that line is more and more blurry, see their education reporting). I would agree with the Mayor on this one - a little soon to be telling him to not run.
Apr 16 westello commented on Guest Editorial: The Motivation Doesn’t Matter. It’s Time to Step Down..
She hits all the issues head-on and I agree.

The Mayor's op-Ed was shockingly tone-deaf and sad. For him to not even acknowledge his relationship to these men is very troubling and yet he has no problem in saying don't trust THEIR word.

Why should I trust his?
Apr 11 westello commented on Potential Challengers to Mayor Ed Murray Have More Than a Month Left to File. What If....
What about Nick Licata or Hanauer's better half, Eric Liu?
Apr 11 westello commented on Potential Challengers to Mayor Ed Murray Have More Than a Month Left to File. What If....
(Murray)..."and has plenty to say about his efforts to combat homelessness, increase density and affordable housing,.."

Yes but is any of it really good? More like he'll need to defend many stances. The Stranger may love everything Murray has done but the rest of Seattle? Not so much.

@1 - I was at an event on Friday and met a young couple from Russia (here via Amazon). I asked them what was the oddest thing about Seattle and he said, "The bums, you have so many." I asked the woman if there weren't "bums" in Moscow and she said probably but you never see them. Not sure that's any kind of option (and given what they are doing to gay people there, an ominous sign) but Murray is a mayor with fire in his belly that may now turn to heartburn as he needs to defend his public record and his private life.
Apr 7 westello commented on Morning News: Child Sex Allegations Against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Job Cuts Coming to Tacoma News Tribune.
"What is the point of widely publishing these lurid, salacious, and totally unprovable allegations?"

You clearly did not read the article in the Times. There are overlapping details from all three accusers who did not know each other. There are physical details that only someone who had been intimate could know. And, there may be more evidence.

That said, I thought the Times went overboard in body detail specifics.
Apr 4 westello commented on In 2013, Central District Activist Omari Tahir-Garrett Also Told a Man to Go Back to Asia.
Tahir-Garrett is pretty well-known as a hothead. I recall him coming to Seattle School board meetings and ranting and then threatening board members. He was one of the people who overstayed their welcome in the Nova high school building for months.

It's a sad thing because his son, Wyking, seems like a decent guy trying to do good in the neighborhood.