Falkenbury Quits Board

Cabbie Dick Falkenbury, whose populist, long-shot vision of rising above it all has morphed over the years into Seattle's voter-approved $1.75 billion Green Line monorail plan, abruptly resigned from the Seattle Popular Monorail Authority on Monday, February 24. Falkenbury attributes his decision to two factors: He could no longer afford to put in the long volunteer hours, and, given that the board has been transitioning from a "hands-on" body to an "oversight role," he believes that he'll be freer to speak out on monorail issues as an independent activist. "If anything, I'll become more active." Falkenbury says. "An unleashed Dick Falkenbury is a scary thing."

While Falkenbury told the Seattle Times that he wanted to be replaced by someone who owns a small business along the route, we'd like to see Falkenbury replaced by another grassroots badass--I-53 leader Peter Sherwin. SANDEEP KAUSHIK


Injustice for Janitors?

On Friday, February 21, about 200 janitors and their supporters rallied outside the offices of downtown landlord Martin Selig at 1000 Second Avenue to protest Selig's use of the non-union janitorial contractor Allied Building Services.

On Valentine's Day, Allied had dismissed seven janitors. SEIU Local 6, which is aggressively trying to unionize Allied employees, contends that the firings were retaliation for organizing activities. One of the dismissed janitors spoke at the rally, as did King County Council Member Larry Gossett. SEIU Local 6 has also filed nine unfair labor practice charges against Allied with the National Labor Relations Board; the charges are pending. SANDEEP KAUSHIK


Why Should Yu Decide?

Dear King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu,

If Tim Eyman's new initiative to stop Sound Transit from building its light rail system succeeds, will you toss it out based on the "one-subject" rule? After all, won't Eyman's light-rail-killing initiative de facto rein in car tabs? Throwing it out on those grounds would certainly follow the "logic" of your previous ruling (that I-776 was unconstitutional because reining in car tabs might simultaneously force a revote on Sound Transit). JOSH FEIT


Sonic Youth

Do you want to be on the Music and Youth Commission? The Seattle City Council is looking for five smart (and opinionated) folks who dig all-ages music. The commission will meet quarterly, starting March 27, to make policy recommendations regarding youth music events and evaluate the recently passed All-Ages Dance Ordinance.

Serious candidates should send a one-page letter of interest to newell.aldrich@seattle.gov before March 3.