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Sunday, March 20th - Saturday, March 26th, 2022
In brief: The Starbucks store at Broadway & Denny on Capitol Hill voted unanimously to unionize; the Transit Riders Union kicked off a campaign to raise the minimum wage in Tukwila, which includes Southcenter Mall; farmworkers in Mt. Vernon went on strike ahead of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival; and Mayor Harrell temporarily closed the infamous bus stop on 3rd Ave between Pike and Pine that's been a hotspot for criminal activity downtown. 
Editor's note: This week's newsletter has been heavily triaged due to time constraints. Click here for the most recent Seattle Times COVID infographic. 
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The Starbucks store at Broadway & Denny on Capitol Hill voted unanimously to unionize, becoming the first store in Seattle to do so. [Seattle Times, New York Times]

The Transit Riders Union kicked off a campaign to raise the minimum wage in Tukwila, which includes Southcenter Mall, to match that in neighboring SeaTac. [Seattle Times, MyNorthwest]

Farmworkers in Mt. Vernon went on strike ahead of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. [Seattle Times, Seattle Times, KING 5]

Mayor Harrell temporarily closed the infamous bus stop on 3rd Ave between Pike and Pine that's been a hotspot for criminal activity downtown. [Seattle Times, KING 5]

The Pierce County Council approved a $4 million settlement with the family of Manuel Ellis, a Black man who was killed by police in Tacoma in 2020. [Seattle Times]

Seattle Public Schools students staged a walk-out Monday morning to protest the end of SPS's mask mandate in classrooms. [Seattle Times, KING 5]

Boeing's 737 MAX 10 is on track to miss its deadline for certification under a more lenient safety standard that Congress extended just for it. [Seattle Times]

The Washington State Court of Appeals struck down a portion of a Seattle ordinance from 2020 allowing tenants to self-certify that they're unable to pay their rent due to financial hardship for six months following the end of the city's eviction moratorium, which ended on February 28th. [Seattle Times, KING 5]

$50 million from the just-passed state transportation package will go towards reconfiguring a one-mile segment of Aurora Avenue North between North 90th & North 105th streets to be more welcoming for pedestrians and cyclists, with work to be completed by the end of the decade. [Seattle Times]

Powerful state representative and longtime (but former) Speaker of the House Frank Chopp intervened to overturn the newly formed King County Regional Homelessness Authority's decision about where to allocate $2 million in state funding for new tiny homes. [Publicola, Publicola]

And the headline of the week goes to "Inside the international push to turn a bankrupt rural Washington newsprint mill into a crypto capital."
Ending on a high note
Here's a cool video from Instagram of a bubble slowly freezing

Sol Villarreal
Broker, Windermere Real Estate
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