The Mayor and City Council Will Start Rolling Out Secure Scheduling Legislation Today: "Mayor Ed Murray's office has released new legislation that, if passed by the Seattle City Council, will give hourly workers at large companies more advance notice of their schedules and pay them extra for being required to work on call or so-called 'clopening' shifts," Heidi reports. The proposed law would affect workers at fast food restaurants (including Starbucks), retail stores with more than 500 employees, as well as restaurant chains with more than 500 employees and 40 locations. A city council committee will discuss the new legislation at 9:30 a.m., and a full council vote is expected in September.
Trump's Seattle Fundraiser "Co-Hosts" Are Denying Their Involvement: Jim Brunner at the Seattle Times reports that Gordon Sondland and Bashar Wali, executives at Provenance Hotels who were listed as co-hosts of Trump's August 30 fundraiser in Seattle, now say they want nothing to do with the event. "They cited Trump’s widely condemned attacks on Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, as one reason," Brunner reports. A third businessman listed as a co-host, Peter Stott, said he had no role in the Trump campaign and that his name was used without his permission.
But You Know Who Still Supports Trump? Martin Selig, the billionaire Seattle real estate mogul, who recently funded, then withdrew support for, a failed Viaduct park ballot initiative. He also isn't letting people touch this bronze penis.
King County Jurors Only Make $10 Per Day: And a class-action lawsuit filed on Monday is challenging that practice, alleging that it favors tech workers while excluding poor and minority citizens. The lawsuit is seeking relief that requires King County to pay a minimum hourly wage to jurors who aren't compensated for their service by their employers.
There Have Been Four Capitol Hill Shootings in Four Weeks: Bar owners and community members are concerned about "last call" shootings, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reports, when "nightlife crowds typically swell in the area after 'last call.'" A meeting held by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce tonight will address these concerns, as well as reports of people being drugged in Capitol Hill bars.
City Bans Special Move-In Deals Landlords Give to Tech Workers: No more discounts on rent deposits if you happen to work at Amazon; the law approved by the city council on Monday also banned housing discrimination based on source of income, like disability payments or housing vouchers.
Washington State's Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum Gets $600,000: As of last year, teaching local tribal history and culture is now mandated in Washington State public schools. But the program has long struggled with funding, which wasn't provided by the state legislature when it passed the curriculum law. This month, Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education received two grants from a state agency that will help implement the curriculum and train teachers.
Light Rail Ridership Has Gone Through the Roof: And now people are demanding more cars because of crowded trains, Mike Lindblom reports. So maybe Sound Transit should expand capacity and build more light rail? Sound Transit 3, which will show up on the November ballot, would do just that. "That would add 62 miles of light-rail lines in seven directions by 2041, bus-rapid transit lines and more Sounder train capacity," Lindblom reports. "Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff proposes a second downtown transit tunnel to prevent crippling bottlenecks."
Vancouver, BC's Tax on Foreign Home-Buying Meets Legal Threats: Seattle has much to learn from Vancouver's real estate crisis. But now that Vancouver has tried to stem the tide of foreign investments in luxury homes with a 15 percent tax on such purchases, some claim that Vancouver's attempt to regulate its housing market violates free trade agreements like NAFTA.
This Olympics Selfie Is Pretty Jaw-Dropping: It was taken by North Korea’s Hong Un-jong and South Korea’s Lee Eun-ju.