RE-OCCUPY WESTLAKE This week, activists announced a re-Occupation of Westlake Park for 10 days, beginning April 22 (Earth Day) and ending on May Day. The Seattle re-Occupation is part of this year's Global Climate Convergence, a series of protests and actions in 50 US cities, and it will include daily free meals for all comers at 5 p.m. and a general assembly at 7 p.m. It's uncertain how many people will camp out in the square this week. Co-organizer Lizzi Duff says during the first night of Occupy Westlake in 2011, they (Duff's preferred pronoun) stretched out in a sleeping bag, nearly alone. By 3 a.m., around 15 tents had appeared. By 7:30 a.m., the number doubled, increasing from there. "And Occupy," they said, "was born. Will this week light another fuse for a fire of resistance or protest? Nobody knows." The re-Occupiers are coordinating with a series of groups—environmental, immigrant rights, homeless rights, trans rights, racial justice, and so on. "We're all fighting the same fight," Duff said. Look for updates about the occupation and May Day on Slog, The Stranger's blog. BRENDAN KILEY

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BEAUTIFUL PARKS, PERMANENT TAXES The city council looks ready to pass a new parks-funding mechanism instead of the six-year levies we're used to voting on. A measure creating a metropolitan parks district (MPD) passed out of committee this week, set to be voted on by the full council on April 28 and sent to the August ballot. An MPD could collect its own property taxes outside of the city's levy capacity on an ongoing basis. The final dollar amount was still hotly contested at press time, but the initial package will likely come in somewhere between $47 million to $54 million a year. Promoted heavily by the mayor, council parks funding chair Sally Bagshaw, and parks advocates, the MPD has also been fought tooth and nail by neighborhood activists and others who think that levies make for stronger accountability with voters. Expect the same groups to fight it out again come election time. ANNA MINARD

NEW POLL ON MINIMUM WAGE OneSeattle, a group representing business interests in the city's minimum-wage fight, released a poll on April 18 saying that only 47 percent of Seattleites support a minimum-wage hike to $15 an hour. That's a sign of "shifting" support, OneSeattle claims, and to prove this it points to a January poll that was backed by labor interests and found support for a minimum-wage hike at a much higher 68 percent. One problem with this theory: The two polls asked notably different questions, with labor's question being much simpler than OneSeattle's question. Another problem: OneSeattle may have asked respondents multiple questions, but it only released its polling on "Proposal A," which described a problematic minimum-wage phase-in plan that's not currently at the forefront of discussions. Asked about this, OneSeattle declined to comment. ELI SANDERS recommended