WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH PUBLIC FINANCING? Last year, the city faced two different ballot measures aimed at changing the way we elect city council members. One, a switch to mostly district-based elections, passed handily. The other, a public-financing measure for council elections, sought to limit the stranglehold of big donors in council races, and it got 49.6 percent of the vote despite a shoestring campaign with virtually no voter outreach. This year, city council member Mike O'Brien hopes to bring that progressive reform measure—public financing has been shown to increase the number of women and people of color running for office—back before voters. But he's hit a major snag: Council President Tim Burgess refuses to bring the idea up for discussion, and they're running out of time to get it on the ballot. Burgess says he doesn't support it and has other ballot priorities (read: He doesn't want anything to compete with his pre-K measure). But data doesn't bear out his fears: In fact, an analysis of recent elections indicates that having a bunch of cool stuff on the ballot may even increase turnout and voters' tendency to vote all the way down their ballot. Get with the program, Tim "Data Driven" Burgess. ANNA MINARD

THE SHORTEST-LIVED METRO PLAN YET King County executive Dow Constantine took "only a few minutes," the Seattle Times reports, before taking his veto pen to the latest plan to save Metro. The plan, put forward by Democratic King County Council member Rod Dembowski, would have banked on increased sales-tax receipts over the course of this year in order to stave off the 16-percent Metro service cut that's coming. Dembowski's plan was backed by four other council members, but Constantine said it "falls short on all counts." Council Chair Larry Phillips called it "no different than writing a bad check without enough money in the bank, hoping you can cover it before the check bounces." Which leaves us back at the old plan: hoping Seattle voters approve a more stable funding source for Metro this fall. ELI SANDERS

SOMETHING ODD ABOUT CHARTER AMENDMENTS Remember all the angst this year about a city charter amendment that 15 Now supporters were threatening to file in order to get their way in the minimum-wage fight? Remember the parallel threat from Forward Seattle, a business-backed group? Recall how all this charter-amendment business has been in the air for at least six months? Well, turns out no one can actually run a charter amendment at all this year because, due to obscure city governance provisions that it appears City Attorney Pete Holmes just now got around to looking up, charter amendments can be filed only in odd-numbered years. Let us never speak of this again—until 2015. ELI SANDERS

A WELL-DESERVED SHOUT-OUT In the wake of the shooting at SPU, national media noticed something strange about the Seattle Police Department: Its Public Affairs Unit can be the best source in the city for breaking crime news. Said Huffington Post crime editor Andy Campbell: "[SPD's] public affairs office released so much timely and important facts during the shooting at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday that I thought their Twitter might have been hacked by a crime reporter." That's because their Twitter feed is, in fact, run by a former crime reporter—Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, formerly of The Stranger and other local publications. Good work, Spangenthal-Lee and the rest of the great SPD public affairs office. ANNA MINARD

125 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH Young Seattle burned to the ground. Shit is fucked up and bullshit these days, but... this is what things looked like after the June 6, 1889, blaze was extinguished:

$15 AN HOUR? HOW ABOUT $175 AN HOUR! Not long after Seattle's $15 minimum wage passed the city council unanimously, the council members turned their minds to another pay raise—for the CEO of Seattle City Light, Jorge Carrasco, who makes only about $120 an hour. Raises for everybody! A council committee voted to up his salary to around $175 an hour—a move Council Member Kshama Sawant called "inappropriate," since Carrasco's salary comes out of city ratepayers' pockets. Not only that, his raise will be retroactive from January of this year—no phase-in necessary. Council President Tim Burgess said the city is just following a "normal" process of making public employees' pay "comparable" with similar jobs in the region and country. ANNA MINARD

YBARRA COULD FACE LIFE IN PRISON On June 10, King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg detailed charges of premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder against Aaron Ybarra, the 26-year-old from Mountlake Terrace alleged to have opened fire with a shotgun at Seattle Pacific University, killing 19-year-old Paul Lee and wounding two other students. Satterberg said prosecutors would seek an exceptional sentence of life in prison under a "rarely used" section of state law, in response to the "outrageous act of public violence" that occurred. According to an SPD report, after his arrest, Ybarra told police he had studied the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings and even visited Seattle Pacific University beforehand in order to plan the murders. Ybarra explained that he had stopped taking medications for obsessive-compulsive disorder and transient psychosis six months earlier because he wanted to "feel the hate," the report states. Meanwhile, Seattle police have identified a second suspect in the June 1 fatal shootings of Dwone Anderson-Young and Ahmed Said, but are still searching for leads in the 3 a.m. shooting of Mohamed Osman, who was killed in a hail of bullets on June 12 in the International District. "For the third time in a week, Seattle has suffered a devastating loss of life as result of guns," said Mayor Ed Murray. ANSEL HERZ recommended