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This Week on Parks and Recreation: While we were doing a series of lung-shriveling bong hits to celebrate Dominic Holden's promotion from news editor to associate editor, Mayor Ed Murray held a press conference to announce his push for a Metropolitan Parks district as a permanent funding mechanism for the city's parks. According to the mayor, "it would cost the owner of a $400,000 home in Seattle about $14 a month, or around 50 cents per day." No one's really said anything critical of it yet, so I can't link to the "other side." But just you fucking wait, y'all. This isn't going to be easy-peasy.

All Anyone Ever Wants to Talk About Is Taxis and Rideshares: Thank god for Hanna Brooks Olsen, who alerts us today that uberX has offered to close their drivers' insurance gap and who on Monday told us about the city's official taxi complaint hotline. The council will vote on final taxi/rideshare regulations on Monday.

Having a Serious Conversation About the Minimum Wage: This week's news section brought you a detailed outline from Dominic of the various proposals being seriously considered—read it and you will suddenly be able to have a legit conversation about policy at parties!—and my reminder that small business isn't actually the enemy here, they're just the only ones in the room.

Think of the Children! Danielle Henderson sat down with one Council President Tim Burgess to ask what, exactly, he learned from a recent trip to visit other cities with established universal pre-K programs. The takeaway? Simple: Pay now or pay later.

Think of the Rest of the Humans! Dominic says the city council is basically just trying to kill pedestrians at this point.

But wait! There's moooooooooooooooooooore!

Meanwhile, in West Seattle: Kshama Sawant seems to have taken up the reigns for ol' Mike McGinn by opposing what's called an "alley vacation" for a new development whose anchor tenant might be an anti-union Whole Foods.

Way Back on Monday, Part One: Full council (well, minus the vacationing Nick Licata) unanimously passed an anti-oil-train resolution that, according to Ansel Herz, was way better than the previous weaksauce version—this one addresses climate change impacts instead of just safety and calls on folks at the state level to just stop it already with the permitting of projects that fuck up the world.

Way Back on Monday, Part Two: Council also less unanimously passed actual legislation, this time authorize anti-terrorism funding from the Department of Homeland Security. Is it shady? Maybe.
It also marks Council Member Kshama Sawant's first lone "no" vote so far, reports Brendan Kiley.

Just Where the Hell Is This Report? The city's task force on gender pay equity should have a report full of policy recommendations out so the city can start addressing a gender-based wage gap it discovered last year. Except the goddamn report is two months late. It'll supposedly come out at the end of this month, finally, but it must be said: When Mayor Mike McGinn's original report on the pay gap was a bit late last summer, the council started sharpening their knives and preparing to eat him alive for it. (Oh hey, Council Member Jean Godden, 'zat you in comments?)