In brief: Paul Allen died of complications from cancer, the state Supreme Court ruled that sentencing juveniles to life in prison is unconstitutional, the Community Police Commission called on the City Council to reject Mayor Durkan's proposed police contract, Durkan hired the former SPD Chief frontrunner who dropped out to make way for Carmen Best as a consultant...and the November election is only 10 days away.
Sunday, October 14th - Saturday, October 20th, 2018
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Last Week in Seattle
Paul Allen:
  • Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passed away at the age of 65 from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, two weeks after announcing that he was resuming treatment for the disease. 
  • His net worth at the time of his death was more than $20 billion, spread across a wide range of assets that include sports teams, museums, research institutions, a movie theater, real estate holdings, a music festival, a high-altitude satellite-launching company, and a philanthropic foundation. 
  • At a campaign event for state Senator Joe Fain, King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert blamed Candace Faber, the woman who said Fain raped her in 2007, for going to his hotel room with him after he'd been drinking, leading several of her colleagues on the King County Council to release a statement denouncing her comments.
  • Rich Smith at The Stranger took The Seattle Times to task for re-endorsing Fain after Faber's story became public [and, full disclosure, I co-wrote an op-ed in the Times on the same topic; Candace is a good friend of mine].
  • Four women who have been heavily involved with Mount Zion Baptist Church held a press conference to speak out about their bullying and disrespectful treatment by church leadership. 
  • Kevin at Seattle City Council Insight took an in-depth look at the homelessness funding in Mayor Durkan's proposed 2019-20 budget.
  • Following the City's announcement that the permit for its low-barrier tiny home village in Licton Springs won't be renewed when it expires in March, SHARE/WHEEL, the homeless-led non-profit that manages the village, announced that they'd be stepping away from day-to-day operations as of tomorrow morning. The Low Income Housing Institute, which runs several other tiny home villages across the city, agreed to step in to manage the site through March. 
  • Vianna Davila and Vernal Coleman at The Seattle Times looked at the history of SHARE/WHEEL and its often fraught relationship with both the City and LIHI in more detail. 
  • And Danny Westneat wrote about the story of a woman who was living in her car and had it stolen from her, and then had to sue the tow company that was holding it to get them to release it.
Election Watch:
  • Ballots went out in the mail on Wednesday--if you haven't already received yours, it should arrive early this week (you can check your information here). As a reminder, ballots no longer require a stamp, so all you have to do is fill yours out and either put it in the mail or drop it off at a drop box! Curbed Seattle's Sarah Anne Lloyd put together a handy list of answers to frequently asked questions about our vote-by-mail system.
  • The Urbanist released their general election endorsements, The Seattle Globalist asked all of the Seattle-area candidates three questions about how they would represent communities of color, and Fuse Washington released its Progressive Voters Guide.
  • Democrat Kim Schrier and Republican Dino Rossi faced off in their only televised debate; longtime incumbent Democrat Adam Smith and his Socialist Alternative challenger Sarah Smith (no relation) debated each other in Columbia City; and the Seattle Peoples Party held a King County Prosecutor candidate forum even though the only candidate in the race (his challenger dropped out last month for health reasons) declined to attend
  • The Democratic candidates in Washington state's 3rd, 5th, and 8th Congressional districts significantly outraised their Republican opponents in the third quarter of the year, mirroring a national trend in the most competitive races in the country. 
  • The beverage industry has now spent over $20 million on its I-1634, which would prevent cities in Washington from passing sugary beverage taxes like Seattle's, whereas opponents of I-1634 have spent just $8,850; and a recent poll found I-1639's package of gun control measures leading by 25 points.
  • The Seattle Times looked at the security of Washington state's election systems, which are considered among the most secure in the nation because of our mail-in ballots.
  • And a conservative activist has been targeting Democratic voters in close state legislative races with mailers urging them to write in "real progressive" candidates who aren't running, in an attempt to split the Democratic votes in those districts and help Republican candidates win.
Real Estate Corner
The King County Assessor's office created a website called the Tax Transparency Tool that shows the current annual property tax bill for any property in Seattle, along with the amount by which it would increase if the City's expanded families & education levy passes. 

In an attempt to prevent homeowners who want to build backyard cottages from being able to do so, the Queen Anne Community Council appealed a decision in the City's favor in a case that it's already dragged out for more than two years. 

Curbed Seattle's Sarah Anne Lloyd looked at what $1300/month will rent you across the city right now.

And GeekWire looked at a prototype of a new take on the murphy bed: one that drops down from the ceiling instead of folding out from the wall.
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f you need a residential real estate agent to help you buy or sell a home of any kind--or you know someone who does--I'd love to be of service. My website is here, or see here for client reviews. 
Quick Takes
The Community Police Commission came out against Mayor Durkan's proposed new labor contract with the Seattle Police Officers Guild, urging the City Council to reject it. [Seattle Weekly]

King County Metro announced a partnership with a private on-demand shuttle company owned by Ford to pick up riders from their homes and bring them to the Eastlake transit center. [GeekWire]

A local non-profit is partnering with the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs to provide financial assistance to DACA recipients to help with their application and renewal costs. [Seattle Globalist]

The state Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against allowing juveniles to be sentenced to life in prison without parole. [Seattle Times]

A King County judge dismissed an NRA lawsuit to stop the implementation of a Seattle law requiring gun owners to store their firearms safely. [Seattle Times]

Washington state still has the most regressive tax system in the country. [Seattle Met]

Even after implementing a significant pay raise for their entry-level employees, the contractor that runs the school bus system for Seattle Public Schools has been unable to fill all of the positions they need. [MyNorthwest]

Sarah Anne Lloyd checked in on the current state of Seattle's scooter battles. [Curbed Seattle]

Cameron McLay, the former Pittsburgh police chief who was one of the finalists in Mayor Durkan's police chief search but dropped out in exchange for a promised role as a public safety adviser in the Durkan administration, was hired by her administration as a police reform consultant. [Seattle Times]

Seattle and King County received a federal grant from the Department of Justice, despite threats from President Trump to withhold the money over their refusal to have their law enforcement officers ask about immigration status. [KUOW]

The Washington State Transportation Commission finalized toll rates for the tunnel, which will range from $1 to $2.25 and increase by 3% every 3 years starting in 2022. [KING 5]

Elected officials across the state are starting to be more proactive about controlled burns in the fall and spring in an effort to make it easier to fight major fires in the summer. [Seattle Times]

The number of white adults without a four-year college degree in Washington state has dropped as a percentage of the population from 52% in 2010 to 46% last year. [Seattle Times]
Events this week
10/21 - 11/8: Seattle Restaurant Week

10/22: The Midterms: The Impact of Disaffected Voters

10/23: Initiative 1631 & 1634 panel discussion [Real Change]

10/25: New Police Contract Teach-In [Community Police Commission]

10/25: Pike/Pine Protected Bike Lane Community Design Workshop

10/25 - 10/28: National Film Festival for Talented Youth 2018

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