News and Gossip and Other Faggoty Shit That God Hates
• The Space Needle Corporation has been running a surprisingly robust campaign to prevent the proposed rezone of South Lake Union (think 400-foot high-rise towers!) from blocking views of the Needle. In response, a thoughtful coalition of Seattleites has come up with an even better plan. A Facebook group called Build Additional Space Needles sprang up last week, explaining: "We all know that the only thing that gives our lives meaning in Seattle is being able to view a Space Needle. Unfortunately, views of the original building are increasingly blocked by such impediments as the existence of the city of Seattle. We believe the solution is to build additional Space Needles." Bravo, citizens!
• Pastor Tim Gaydos unexpectedly announced last week that he and his wife are quitting Mars Hill Church, the youthful, conservative, and notoriously cultish band of Jesus freaks that frowns on members leaving. The timing is seriously odd: Gaydos was tripping over himself with delight in January when his downtown congregation took over a historic building at Fifth Avenue and Marion Street, in particular celebrating how close his flock would be to a neighborhood stuffed end-to-end with AIDS. "Being closer to Capitol Hill is a blessing as we are serving and ministering to those who are infected with AIDS on the Hill," he said at the time. (The congregation bans gay members.) With that behind him, Gaydos—his actual name, we're not making it up—wrote on Facebook, "God is... moving us along from Mars Hill Church... This was a hard decision for us but God is calling Brittany and I to walk by faith and not by sight." Gaydos and Mars Hill didn't comment.
• On Monday, March 18, City Attorney Pete Holmes's office filed a motion seeking to bump a lawsuit filed by Seattle's two police unions—a lawsuit that would stymie Seattle's efforts at police reform—from superior court to federal district court. Here's why the motion is sneaky-smart: Last week, US District Court judge James Robart called the cop lawsuit "a further distraction" from police-reform talks and insisted that his word trumps that of the superior court. So punting the lawsuit from superior court to Robart's domain is Holmes's cleanest shot at killing it right out of the gate.