Parks - The original idea, it seems, was to save One Reel from having to shelve its Summer Nights concert series for a year. To make it happen, the city moved the series to Gas Works Park, skipping any public process. Given the fury brewing in Wallingford, it doesn't appear the end justified the means.
Resident Ben Schroeter says that unless the city withdraws its proposal, he will sue. "I think [city parks officials] were concerned the impacts were serious enough that they would have had to do an environmental impact statement," says Schroeter. "That would take a year, and it would mean the series would never happen this year." THOMAS FRANCIS
People - The People's Waterfront Coalition, whose "no-highway" viaduct alternative recently won the support of the local Sierra Club, will hold a fundraiser later this year hosted by Peter Steinbrueck, a longtime skeptic of the two current alternatives for the failing Alaskan Way Viaduct—a $4-billion-plus tunnel and a larger, rebuilt viaduct. "We're talking about billions of dollars that should be going into public transportation—not another concrete monolith," Steinbrueck says. The date and time of Steinbrueck's PWC fundraiser have yet to be announced. ERICA C. BARNETT
Predictions - In last week's news section, we made a New Year's prediction: "The focus will shift to the Republicans when their current state chair, Chris Vance, resigns... That court case just didn't work out as planned, and the voter-challenge fiasco was an embarrassing follow-up." ["CounterIntel," Josh Feit, Jan 5]
Voilà: On Monday, January 9, Vance sent out a press release announcing his resignation. Vance wrote, "As a husband and father I need to make decisions that are in the best interest of my family. This is a difficult decision driven by personal, not political, considerations." While Vance may not have taken politics into account, it's hard to imagine that—with the governor's mansion, the state house, and both U.S. Senate seats in Democratic hands (and polls showing Maria Cantwell with a wide lead over Mike McGavick)—Vance's bosses in D.C. weren't driven by "political considerations" themselves. JOSH FEIT
Pains in the Ass - It didn't take long for initiative king Tim Eyman to announce his New Year's resolution: He wants to repeal vehicle fees that were passed last year as part of the state legislature's transportation improvement plan.
All was going well until Seattle Sen. Adam Kline (D-37) crashed the press conference and dared Eyman to say specifically what he'd cut from the state budget to make up for the lost funds. Eyman demurred. Although Sound Transit's MVET could take a hit if Eyman is successful. THOMAS FRANCIS