commented on Caryn Mathes, President and General Manager of KUOW, Talks About Her Plans for KPLU
To be perfectly honest I have never cared for the locally produced shows on either station. But the syndicated stuff KUOW brings in from other west-coast public stations is usually pretty good - none of that on KPLU now.
I live in Burien, and I was happy to hear that the repeater frequencies will be reshuffled. Since moviing out here my KUOW reception has been unlistenably poor. But from my bedroom I can recieve KPLU nice and strong, as well as their repeater on 92.1 (their website says the repeater is on 88.1, but that's out of date - 88.1 is now a powerful crappy christian hip-hop station out of the south sound).
If 92.1 became a KUOW repeater instead of a KPLU repeater, that would at least give Burien some coverage. Especially if they improved the broadcast, although that might be tricky without stepping on 91.9 over on the Peninsula.
If KUOW on 92.1 doesn't pan out, I still get two different NWPR repeaters on 91.7 and 90.9, so I can at least get the big national news shows from them. Alternately I might have to finally break down and buy an HD radio, so I could just get multiple channels off of 88.5.
commented on In Memoriam
I will not miss the Cap Hill Value Village. They were the worst. Anything decent they had was was always picked over within 5 minutes of opening by resellers. Couldn't even find a pair of work pants there.
The locations in Redmond and Burien are actually tolerable. And ANY Goodwill store vastly outclasses them.
commented on I Wish People Would Stop Disparaging Condos
Amen to more condos and co-ops, which are the exact same thing, just one sounds fancier than the other. All my condo's legal paperwork all refers to the building as a "co-op apartment."
When I got priced out of my last apartment in the CD I tried desperately to find another apartment. Failing that, I started looking at buying single family homes... the elusive "affordable bungalow" that everyone seems to think is so easy to find. Surprise! None exist. No, not even in the Rainier Valley, which is not the bastion of affordability that all the armchair urban planners seem to think it is. Any bungalows with an "affordable" price either have the roof caving in, or are in the process of being torn down to be replaced with a new $1.2 million 4000 sqft single family house.
Which lead me to my current 2 bedroom condo. The mortgage company was way more willing to work with me than any Seattle landlord I'd ever dealt with, and didn't laugh me out the door when I told them my income (unlike every landlord of an "affordable" Seattle apartment I'd inquired about). My payments are locked in for 30 years. I can change anything I want inside my unit - and if I end up having a ton of kids, I could even buy the unit next door and tear down the wall between.
And as for the HOA, the horror stories about embezzlement and long-deferred maintenance surprises have been largely ended, thanks to recent state laws requiring regular professional outside audits of HOA books and 20-year maintenance plans. Olympia actually did something that worked! They just did it a decade ago...
Which is better? To pay a mortgage for 30 years or rent for 60?
commented on The Seattle Police Department Fires Officer Cynthia Whitlatch
Best quote from the decision:
Your inability to understand that the confrontational manner in which you handled a non-threatening situation undermines public confidence in the fairness of this Department, and leaves me convinced that a similar interaction with a member of the public will occur again should I permit you to continue working as a police officer.
So after 8+ complaints and 14 years, we've got this one bad officer terminated. Now can we move on to all the officers that lied and protected her? Maybe if we move fast enough, we can get them terminated before they reach retirement.
commented on Landlords Are Giving Special Deals to Amazon and Microsoft Workers
There is zero difference between this and income-tests for applicants. Landlords have been legally turning down lower-income applicants for years with no recourse. Landlords saying "I'll only rent to someone making $X per year" is what pushed me out of city limits and into Burien.
Now that it's got the "amazon" buzzword on it, though, everyone'll be up in arms all of a sudden.