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Nov 12, 2014 gator bait commented on Paseo Is Closed and Now the Best Sandwich in Seattle Is Gone.
@ 77: Islabelle. Northlake Ave. Boom!
Oct 21, 2014 gator bait commented on Vote "YES" for Smaller Class Sizes With Initiative 1351.
But, but....The reformistas at the League of Education Voters doesn't endorse 1351! Which is precisely why I voted Yes.



P.S., Given LEV's endorsement on 1B on the city preschool initiative, I voted NO.
Sep 30, 2014 gator bait commented on The Battle Over Preschool Rages On.
I love kids. I love preschool. I love the idea of universal preschool.

Neither measure cuts it. The Burgess/Murray plan in particular is bloated with a hella bureaucracy.

Voting no with no guilt. Will vote yes if/when an improved version reappears in 2015 or 16.
Sep 11, 2014 gator bait commented on State Supreme Court Finds Olympia Lawmakers in Contempt, Defers Sanctions Until After 2015 Session.
Don't want to hear even one word chastising the legislature out of the Murray camp. He had years to show leadership on education funding. He offered nothing at the state level. He did nothing. He is nowhere on education despite his Newfound Passion for PreK ed, which - in case you aren't a detail reader - is about to be a drain in time talent faciltites and $$$ of the underfunded K12 Seattle system.
Jun 7, 2014 gator bait commented on Steve Scher Abruptly Parts Ways With KUOW After Nearly Three Decades.
Writing was on the wall the minute they put Steve into that Great! New! Afternoon mishmash of not much in particular. Mostly reused news stories and some lame "in the field" update to freshen the news. Like when a pop station sets up a tent in a parking lot and spins tunz. You just knew Scher was balking big time behind the scenes to the programming changes.

Someone at KUOW best find a way to keep the Friday journalist news roundup at 11 going. Or I am heading for KPLU. And bringing Mass back would be just fine. Has the weather information improved with Mass being gone? Hell no. They're going to throw money at him to return, though.
May 12, 2014 gator bait commented on Draft of Mayor Ed Murray's "Plan E" to Save Metro Obtained by The Stranger; Looks Remarkably Like Proposition 1.
I won't vote for this as a car tab fee. I didn't in the election, either. I will happily vote for it as a property tax (I own property) or other non-regressive fee.
May 8, 2014 gator bait commented on Mayor Murray Says He'll Fight Any Attempt to Save Metro by Using Property Taxes; Slams Founder of "Plan C".
@ Cascadian: Thanks. Now I can try to make sense of the current madness, which - yes - seems haphazard and petty at City Hall - maybe on Ben's side too, but that's not being covered right now. In any case, "give me a couple of weeks" for a plan and BTW I hate Ben is not exactly a confidence-builder in getting transit addressed.
May 8, 2014 gator bait commented on Mayor Murray Says He'll Fight Any Attempt to Save Metro by Using Property Taxes; Slams Founder of "Plan C".
What does he have against Schiendelman? Posters say "it's personal." Murray acts as though it's personal. What happened? Can't imagine anything bad enough to have a pissing match in lieu of a collaboration on getting Seattle the transit it needs.
May 5, 2014 gator bait commented on Comedian Louis C.K. Rips Common Core Standardized Testing.
P.S. The Eduspeak on the Louis CK example is the fault of the testing company or teacher who created it. Any organization or teacher who can suck the life out of learning for an 8 year old with a test like that should get out of the business.

Pathetic.
May 5, 2014 gator bait commented on Comedian Louis C.K. Rips Common Core Standardized Testing.
There's some good stuff about Common Core. There's some OK stuff about Common Core. Then there's some abysmal stuff. The standards at K-2 fall into ABYSMAL. They have zero alignment with childhood development and the highly documented reality that kids fall within a wide range of "normal" in their reading, math and social skills at this age.