The Seattle P-I is shilling for Schell, and they're ignoring facts in the process. In columnist Susan Paynter's recent rant denouncing the Teen Dance Ordinance repeal, she reports that Schell wouldn't force dance promoters to work with off-duty police officers. TDO repeal advocates say Schell's veto and proposed solution would force off-duty police into the mix. This debate is important because requiring teen dances to use off-duty officers jeopardizes those events. Here's why: The city doesn't have the right to require cops to work off-duty. In turn, cops have the power to shut down dances before they happen--making it a Catch-22 requirement for those dances.
Paynter is wrong to report that Schell didn't make this oxymoronic demand. Schell's compromise requires the use of "sworn law-enforcement personnel." If Paynter had bothered checking with the city, she would have learned that "sworn law-enforcement personnel" means Seattle police officers. JOSH FEIT
Last Friday, coffee chain Starbucks announced it will no longer offer free community newspapers in any of its stores. Starbucks claims that removing papers like the Capitol Hill Times and The Stranger will unclutter the coffee shops and make life easier for employees. To fill the void, Starbucks said it will sell different papers. Starbucks is apparently oblivious to the idea that any newspaper (free or not) causes "clutter." And selling papers actually increases demands on employees by having them ring up sales and do inventory.
Here's a possible explanation for the new policy. Last month, Starbucks entered an exclusive partnership with The New York Times, selling the paper in all Starbucks stores in exchange for national advertising. Starbucks denies that removing free papers from its stores has anything to do with its arrangement to hawk the Times.
But don't worry--Starbucks says it won't accost anybody with a banned paper. "Oh, we'll still let people bring in whatever paper they want," spokesperson Alan Gulick says. PAT KEARNEY
Not Her Style
City Council President Margaret Pageler is evidently scared of large groups--especially large groups of black people. Last month, the People's Coalition for Justice demanded that Pageler attend a Central Area forum so she could explain her voting record. The Coalition, an anti-racist advocacy group, believes Pageler's votes have supported institutional racism. Pageler said she wouldn't attend a community meeting. According to Pageler's assistant Linda Stores, large groups are not compatible with Pageler's problem-solving style. AMY JENNIGES