There's Only One "Seattle's Only Newspaper"
• "There's only one 'the tunnel,'" quipped Tom Rasmussen—who is a fanatic supporter of the $4.2 billion deep-bore tunnel, which is currently stalled—in a recent Seattle City Council meeting, when a colleague asked him to clarify which tunnel he was talking about.
• Earlier this week, the city council proclaimed that August 26, 2013, was "Women's Equality Day" and urged the city to "celebrate the achievements of women." How? By time-traveling two weeks into the past?
• In actually useful work, the council approved bills last week essential for creating a local bike share network. In 2014, Seattleites will likely be able to rent a bike at 50 stations.
• Washington State Court of Appeals judge Stephen J. Dwyer delivered an ass-whooping at a September 6 hearing on the attempt to remove SeaTac's $15 an hour minimum wage initiative from the November ballot. City of SeaTac lawyer Wayne Tanaka had barely opened his mouth in defense of a city ordinance that empowers a board with discretion to toss out signatures before Dwyer disparagingly demanded, "What is up with that goofy ordinance?" The three-judge panel quickly overturned a lower court decision, ordering SeaTac's "Good Jobs Initiative" back onto the ballot.
• Press flacks working for state senator Rodney Tom, a Democrat who switched sides in the legislature this year to hand power to Republicans, sent reporters a "Q&A" video answering questions about transportation and education funding. To which Seattlepi.com's Joel Connelly replied, "Why don't you make the man available for question and answer sessions rather than sending working members of the press this kind of pre-packaged propaganda?" The press flack replied, "Sen. Tom is available for question-and-answer sessions with working members of the press all the time." Nice work, Joel.
• In a move intended to block single-story, strip-mall-style buildings on prime real estate, the city council this week unanimously passed minimum density legislation. The bill requires developers to build about half, at least, of the maximum allowable density in certain pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods.
• Celebrating the one-year anniversary(ish) of Seattle's paid sick leave ordinance, on September 10, members of the Main Street Alliance of Washington, a coalition representing more than 2,500 small businesses, released a report that basically confirms that despite the business-killing socialist hellscape promised by paid sick leave opponents, business is still booming in King County. Seattle-specific business data won't be available until next year, and almost half of the county's accommodation and food service jobs, as well as 37 percent of its retail jobs, are located in Seattle. That said, "There were 7,200 more retail jobs and 3,200 more jobs in food services and drinking places in King County during the first seven months of 2013 than for the same period of 2012," the report found.