commented on Council Member Tom Rasmussen Wants to Freeze Construction of Affordable Housing
These units really are built via land use loophole and need more thought before more are built.
Suggestion: Devlopers can still build but deny permitting for microapartments and aPODments to have RPZ passes for those buildings. Neighborhoods take the people density, but not the cars. Less urban density theory, more practicality. (And if developers howl, too bad. They are minting gold for themselves with ROI on these buildings.)
commented on UW Professors Support Seattle Teachers' MAP Testing Boycott
Goldy, you nailed it. It is about respect.
And the fact is: the business people pushing Corporate Ed Reform in this town do not respect teachers. Oh, they may like them and praise them, but they don't respect them.
Spend five minutes in a meeting of the fake "Our Schools Coalition" (it isn't a coalition. it is actually the League of Education, which is fueled by Gates Foundation Reformista $$$) or with the powerpoint set at The Alliance for Education, whose "CEO" Sara Morris pushes hard-core teacher test criteria at every opportunity, and you'll see the non-respect in action.
These are the people talking to our electeds at the state and local levels. Teachers really need to start standing up for themselves and talking back. They are the experts. The bulk of the public will back them.
commented on "Why Should I Be Paying a Toll for Somebody Else's Bridge?" or Everything You Need to Know About What's Wrong With America
@40. Nah. Not workable. Neither the East Side nor Seattle will stand for a tolling on one part of the bridge but not the other. Would cause a hit to businesses on one side or the other. What would be fair would be to split the toll into 2 parts (east and west). MIs would theoretically pay 1/2 the toll while through traffic/east-west business commuters would pay full amount.
I am completely against any break for MI unless it is a very small discount for a big buy of bulk passes. We don't do it for the peninsula or for Bainbridge. MI is a huge contributor to I90 traffic. They don't want to pay tolls? Bus or carpool like the rest of us. Or move. (And their snotty, self-absorbed whining isn't going to win them friends on either side of Lake Washington.)