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Aug 12 pragmatition commented on What Bernie Sanders Said (and Didn't Say) After the Black Lives Matter Interruption.
How would BLM like it if their rally was hijacked by some other organization? This type of action gains nothing but disrespect. I totally support giving blacks fair and equal treatment. I cannot support BLM ever.
Jul 29 pragmatition commented on Mayor Murray Loses Spine, Comes Out Against His Own Committee's Recommendation for Increased Density.
@1 - I think you will be able to build your DADU. As stated in the end of the article, that part is probably still moving forward. As for the rest of HALA's plan? Too much. We already have zoning to allow for a hugh number of apartments. By add ADUs to existing single familiy we allow for a very good compromise - more density but still the feel of single family.

I believe the plan had called for allowing non residents to create DADUs, effectively making each SF lot a high priced real estate development. That's not what we need. Also it called for more triplexes and so on in SF areas. Possibly 8 story buildings.

Maybe some time we will need (or want) that kind of density. But let's get there more slowly.
Apr 29 pragmatition commented on What Living Next to a Condo Construction Site Taught Me About Seattle's Noise Ordinances.
Legitimate complaint, poorly written article. The article needed to focus on DPD enforcement of its noise ordinance. Did the builder comply? If not, what did DPD do? Was DPD responsive to the complaint(s)?
Mar 30 pragmatition commented on Ivar’s Salmon House Is Going Tipless.
It is great to see Ivar's trying the no-tip experiment. It seems to work great in Europe, where seldom do I see a place that accepts tips. I'm glad to see it here as I think the tipping process is unfair and has too many expectations.

For example, when a restaurant is super busy and the wait staff and kitchen are busting their asses, the service might be lousy because the management didn't put enough people on the shift. Should you tip less?

Or, it's slack time and you're getting perfect service but the waiter is hardly working. Do you tip more?

And how do you compensate the kitchen staff, anyway?
Feb 18 pragmatition commented on The Viaduct Is Still Sinking—A Full-On Stranger Panic Attack.
I remember reading press in 1989, after the earthquake that tumbled I880, that our viaduct was safe and didn't have the lack-of-rebar problems of I880. Ha. The sooner the tunnel is completed, the better. The tunnel might not have been the best solution, but let's get the damned thing done!
Sep 18, 2014 pragmatition commented on The Dirty Secret of Electric Cars.
I wonder where Ansel gets his figures. Worst case - where 100% of electricity is produced from coal - would put the Tesla S about 2 times the Prius C. Of course, we're talking only about CO2 here, not methane or various noxious compounds produced when refining gasoline.

Anyway, for PSE, which may get 20% of its power from coal, the Tesla stands solidly ahead, at 1/2 the CO2 of the Prius!

Here are my figures:

According to the EIA, electricity production from coal produces about 2.1 pounds CO2 per kwh. By the way, I'm pretty certain this figure does not include the CO2 produced by mining and shipping the coal. So we need to keep that in mind when comparing to gasoline.…

The Tesla S gets 100 miles per 38 kwh, according to…

which is 2.6 miles per kwh, that would be .8 pounds CO2 per mile. Add about 10% for electricity line losses and charger losses and you get about .9 pounds CO2 per mile. That's for electricity generated 100% from coal.

Now, the Prius C, for comparison,
According to this .gov site,…

The Prius C averages about 50mpg. And the EIA, at…

tells us that using 1 gal of gas produces about 20 pounds of CO2. In addition, refining oil creates about 100 pounds of CO2 per barrel, or about 3 pounds per gal.…

So, per mile, the Prius C produces about .45 pounds of CO2. Again, this figure does not include pumping oil or transporting.
Sep 17, 2014 pragmatition commented on Murray Will Consider Veto of Council's Push to Drive Up Cost of Affordable Apartments.
There's another way developers can put in high density housing.

Current code allows up to 8 unrelated members per dwelling. So, apartment buildings can be constructed with 4+ bedroom units and, voila, high density micro housing pretty much anywhere multifamily dwellings are allowed.

Plus, depending on location, such units might be desirable for families who need more than two bedrooms.
Jul 11, 2014 pragmatition commented on Amazon Asks FAA for Permission to Test Drone Delivery Program in Seattle.
I really want to support this, in concept. But, as many have noted, what about safety, noise, privacy? Maybe for commercial neighborhoods the latter two aren't so important.
But in a residential neighborhood, I don't want another noise maker buzzing around when I'm trying to relax or concentrate.

I don't want something which *could* be used to spy. That may not be the initial intent, but I remember Google claiming their Google Maps vehicles don't spy and were later caught snooping on people wifis.

And technically there are some challenges. How do you navigate around low utility lines, tree branches, signs, porch roofs, etc.? Not saying these can't be surmounted but if they are too difficult, where will the package be left - on the sidewalk?
Apr 9, 2014 pragmatition commented on Council Member Sawant, Can We Talk?.
One mitigation factor completely left out of the discussion so far is including tips as compensation.

However, there's a twist. Rather than simply allow a lower minimum wage for people who receive tips, instead require a guaranteed minimum wage.

What's that? That means that tips are included as part of your income but, you are guaranteed to receive at least $15/hr (or whatever is resolved amount) regardless of the amount of tips you make.

For example, if your stated minimum wage is $5/hour and you make $8/hour in tips, you will receive an extra $2/hour in wages to ensure the total is $15. On the other hand, if you make $12 in tips, your total/hr would be $17 - you get the bonus.
Apr 6, 2014 pragmatition commented on Seattle Times Endorses Slashing Metro Buses.
I'm going to vote for Prop 1. However, I think there is a lot of room for improvement in the way Metro runs the system. They have made changes over the last few years resulting in better management efficiency. What hasn't changed substantially are the routes themselves.

The routes are designed primarily to be a "single seat" non transfer as much as possible. This results in too many routes and, during non peak times, to many marginally used busses. And Metro can't provide a point-to-point route to and from all places. I think it's time to change to a system designed around backbones and feeder routes. A well designed system could come pretty close to point-to-point service with one or two transfers.

By funneling people to backbones, busses with only a few people can be consolidate. Since feeders travel only in neighborhoods and have less distance to travel, fewer busses are needed to keep a higher frequency of service. Cost savings in both places. The trick in the design is keeping the transfer time very short, so that riders get comparable service to a single-seat ride.

A city too small can't support backbones and feeders because there isn't enough ridership to keep the frequency of busses up. Without that frequency, transfers take too long. Has Seattle reached the point where the frequency of service - both for the backbones and feeders - can be often enough that a rider doesn't have to wait more than a few minutes on average?

If the funding passes this time, there will be a next and I think it will be harder and harder to pass without Metro making more cost-saving changes.