Jul 19, 2013
commented on Whole Foods and Developers Defend West Seattle Megaproject, Grocery Workers Union Rallies Behind Mayor McGinn
Based on this decision alone, anyone voting for McGinn is a fucking idiot.
This will be challenged in court, and the City will have to pay for this stupid fucking decision... The SCOTUS just ruled that the government can't dictate what a person does with land, and while vacating an alley is theoretically the city's property, the way the city applies this is completely inconsistent.
Whole Foods would be a major win for West Seattle.
McGinn Doctrine... that's just fucked up.
Jun 21, 2013
commented on The Phoenix Coyotes Could Soon Be Ours. And Our Problem.
I take offense that you think we tried to steal the Kings. The Kings were SOLD to Hansen and his investors... a far cry from stealing.
If this pushes Seattle to being a bigger world class city, then I am all for it.
The greater good is raising more revenue, and I think (sans an economic degree) that professional sports adds more to a city than detracts.
May 14, 2013
commented on Michael Pollan Is the Steve Jobs of Food
Interesting take on Pollan. I view his literary work, the Omnivore's dilemma, a masterpiece. I am liberal in praise for Pollan, because, I think, he's absolutely right.
That being said, I don't find his attitude snobbish or alienating. He's fighting a multi-billion dollar industry that thinks that high fructose corn syrup is healthy for you (not to mention, potentially another reason the bee's are dying). He is fighting an industry that thinkst that pink slime is a way to save money on products. He's fighting an industry that wants to process everything they possibly can, fill it with chemicals that have no long term studies to back their innertness to the human body.
Without people like Pollan, we will most certainly ruin this earth with chemicals, patents of GMO foods, and canned food. We will become that which you see on the cartoon Wall-E.
Go ahead and mock him... but he just might save your bacon. Unlike Steve Jobs.
Apr 17, 2013
commented on McGinn Wins!
Let's hope this is similar to the Iowa straw poll's absolute success in choosing the eventual president.
Oct 1, 2012
commented on FUCK YES: City Council Passes New Rules for Landlords
So here is a few other issues with the whole thing:
I don't read anything that exempts people that rent a room from the code. It also precludes anyone that might have a non-conforming rental, such as a mother-in-law, to rent out. There is just too much risk, and if the renter decides to be a jerk, he could threaten the homeowner by saying they will call the city on the landlord.
This will reduce the number of available bedrooms and raise the overall rents across the city.
#10: A general inspection costs $500. There is no fine for getting it wrong. You think that with the stiff penalties associated with these inspectors they will limit the cost of this? BS.
#6. That's not true. The Landlord Tenant act is very forgiving on renters, not on homeowners. Go ahead and re-read the dang thing.
#10: SFH are the best rentals... they are much better than a condo or a co-op (if they allow them). Sure, some can buy a triplex, and that would be good, but that's cost prohibitive. Fact is that most homeowner's are accidental landlords that I know of... this prohibits them from doing such... increasing the overall cost for the whole thing. Usually people get married and buy a bigger house, selling one, but not the other. Then they are rammed with a $500 inspection fee, have to register it, pay a registration fee, and then pay for a maintenance fee if they don't manage it themselves. You want to incrase the overall cost of rentals in the city, this is the right law to pass. Create a division that support complaints, but don't make the landlords have to increase their rents!