I Took a Bold Stand to Fill Pioneer Square with Excrement
• After a spirited September 30 discussion on the pros and cons of a deal allowing a developer to build a public restroom in Pioneer Square in exchange for extra height on his building, Seattle City Council president Sally Clark gave a short speech on how important it would be for the neighborhood to have the toilet and the building, then ended with classic Clark-ian doublespeak: "I look forward to great development happening at 200 Occidental, and I'll be voting against the legislation this afternoon." This led to some off-mic chat between Council Members Sally Bagshaw and Bruce Harrell, until Clark asked them what they were talking about. Said Bagshaw, "We just wanted to confirm what you said." Answered Clark: "That I'll be voting against it." To which Harrell responded, "With everything you said, I thought then you were going to support it." Then everyone laughed awkwardly at how unusual it was for Clark to take an independent, losing vote instead of safely joining the majority. May the record show: When Clark took a bold stand, which is out of character for her, it was a vote that would result in more homeless people illegally pissing and shitting in alleyways.
• Washington State Democratic Party chair Dwight Pelz—whose party lost control of the state senate this year after two members defected and another party leader allegedly embezzled about $250,000 from campaign coffers—announced his resignation on September 30. Pelz was best known for his fiery rhetoric and for leading a party that failed in the legislature to accomplish its most basic economic agendas, such as repairing our worst-in-the-country regressive taxation scheme (which leans more on the poor and less on the rich than any another state), while funding for colleges plummeted, tuition at universities spiked, money for basic education funding atrophied to unconstitutionally low levels, and right-wing initiative promoter Tim Eyman successfully recast the entire frame around state spending. Nevertheless, "The State of the Party is strong," Pelz wrote in a resignation letter to Vice Chair Valerie Brady Rongey. Pelz will serve in the position until a party meeting in February.