• Listen up, bus-riding stoners: Now that marijuana is legal, King County Metro has added a new substance to its lost and found box. A new policy decision issued in mid-May instructs Metro drivers to treat marijuana left on buses "as a normal lost and found item," as long as it's less than an ounce. You can now call Metro's lost and found line at 553-3000 to reclaim your weed.

• The Seattle Human Services Coalition (SHSC), a 25-year-old social-service advocacy group, is bestowing its annual Mayor's Award & Proclamation to the Center School for "encouraging dialogue around race, gender, and class" with its Courageous Conversations curriculum. Ironically enough, the award-winning curriculum was deemed age-inappropriate earlier this year by Seattle Public Schools superintendent José Banda and banned from the high school. SHSC isn't sure who'll be accepting the award, but it's supposed to come with a glowing proclamation from the mayor about how vitally important the now-canceled curriculum is.

• Speaking of proclamations, sources say that Mayor Mike McGinn has proclaimed the City Hall freight elevator his own personal steel chariot. "I've heard he hates to ride elevators with strangers, so he routinely overrides call buttons on the freight elevator for his own personal use," explains a source. "Yeah, it happens all the time," confirms another.

• Surprise! City council president Sally "Waffle" Clark is undecided on homeless-encampment legislation being put before the council: "The mayor has presented two options," she said when asked point-blank for her opinion. "I tend to think there are probably more than two options." Yeah, Sally, we know you do.

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• Word in Olympia is that legislators might not attempt to pass a new biennial budget by the end of the current 30-day not-so-special session. Instead, lawmakers are talking about waiting to finalize a budget deal until after the June 18 revenue forecast, in hopes that a rosier outlook might ease their burden. If a new two-year budget isn't passed by the time the current budget expires on June 30, life as we know it comes to an end.

• Sources say that Seattle Times employees—including reporters—are expected to pony up for their own website's pay wall to access stories, which sounds as ridiculous as installing pay phones on everyone's desk and pocketing the money. When reached for comment, Seattle Times executive editor David Boardman confirmed that the newspaper does charge employees a nominal fee to do their jobs: "Like most businesses that expect their employees to use the company's products, we have long encouraged our employees to have home subscriptions to the printed Seattle Times and have provided significant discounts for them to do so. Some only subscribe for the days they are not normally at work, where they get free copies." Boardman said that he gave employees the option of requesting access for free, adding, "I'm pleased to say that of nearly 200 newsroom employees, only seven took that option." Yeah, and we're sure they didn't feel weird about that at all. recommended

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