Dog Bites Jan
Once the favorite council member of Seattle pet-owners, Jan "Off-Leash Area" Drago came under attack from dog lovers at a public hearing on May 6.
The pet faction had pinned its hopes on Drago to weaken Seattle's dangerous-animals ordinance. Unfortunately for activists from the Dangerous Ordinance Group (DOG), an association that helped pen recommendations for the city's Animal Control Code Review Panel, Drago was wise to the fact that the recommendations went too far. For example, DOG wanted the city to define a "bite" before being able to issue citations. DOG also argues that the city's definition of control-related offenses (snarling, baring teeth, growling, snapping, pouncing, lunging, attacking, or attempting to bite) is too broad.
Says Drago, "The DOG group has defended the rights of dogs valiantly, but city council's role is to protect the public safety--and ensure that people have due process." JOSH FEIT
Laws Bites Weeks
The process of choosing a replacement for former Seattle Monorail Project board member Nick Hanauer has been unusually slow. (Hanauer resigned in March amid speculation that he was ineligible, as a nonresident of Seattle, to serve [In Other News, Feb 13].)
Board member Cindi Laws, increasingly a thorn in the side of board chair Tom Weeks, objected that the latest candidate--a woman with a background in finance and strategic planning--was, like three board members and several key SMP staffers, white and from West Seattle. The monorail's board now includes just two minorities, and the likely candidates for the seat now held by Patricia Akiyama, are white.
"I agree with Tom that having someone with a finance background is important, but that person should be a person of color" if possible, says Laws. The West Seattle candidate was reportedly dropped. ERICA C. BARNETT
You may have heard about the staff shakeup in King County Executive Ron Sims' office last week, as first reported in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Sims announced that he was bringing in a new chief of staff, Kurt Triplett. Sims' deputy chief of staff, Ethan Raup, resigned the same day. Rumor is, Raup quit in a huff.
In fact, the King County staffers' rumors on Raup are downright weird. Word is, Raup gave Sims a parting gift: a copy of Shakespeare's King Lear. What's the significance of the Bard's tragedy? Take your pick: Lear (à la Sims, in Raup's view?) handed the leadership role to an undeserving disciple? Or--also like Lear--Sims has lost his marbles and grip on power?
Raup would not comment on the rumors. He only spoke of his outrage at current political leadership--pointing to the potential alignment between teachers' unions and the gambling industry to fund basics like education as an example of local failures. NANCY DREW