Morning Fizz: Power Drain
Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring Peter Steinbrueck money, city hall temperature, and Sonics chatter.
1. Former city council member-turned-mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck has filed his campaign-finance report for December, a week ahead of the January 10 deadline. So far, his fundraising has been somewhat anemic: Just over $4,100 from a few dozen contributors, including Capitol Hill activist Ann Donovan, Real Change director Tim Harris, and Fremont activist Toby Thaler. Steinbrueck has $3,100 on hand.
Mayoral hopeful state Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Seattle) raised $123,000 in the brief week-and-a-half he was allowed to raise money between his announcement and the fundraising freeze for state legislators that goes into effect around the legislative session. His reports are not in yet, so we don't now how much cash he has on hand.
Of the other challengers to mayor Mike McGinn, real-estate investor Charlie Staadecker has the most cash on hand, with just under $36,000 as of the end of November; city council member Tim Burgess has just under $16,000, and McGinn has $33,000 on hand.
So far, Steinbrueck's fundraising has been somewhat anemic: Just over $4,100 from a few dozen contributors.
2. Things are getting pretty uncomfortable at city hall: In an effort to save money and reduce energy use in city buildings 20 percent by 2020, the city is lowering temperatures in city-owned buildings in the winter and raising them in the summer—a project known as the "temperature setpoint pilot."
Under the pilot, all city buildings that have automated, building-wide climate control systems, including city hall, the Seattle Municipal Tower, and police headquarters, have the heat set at 70 degrees in the winter and the AC at 76 degrees in the summer.
The city's department of Finance and Administrative Services estimates that for every one degree change in temperature, the city will save 3 percent of its energy costs.
FAS spokeswoman Julie Moore says the pilot project, which was scheduled to go through the end of 2012, will continue until the city can determine if it has saved on energy costs.
She says "there have been some people who have complained or voiced concern about" the new, lower wintertime temperatures, but "not a lot."
However, Fizz hears that some city employees are getting around the rules by bringing in their own heaters right now—a power drain that will certainly show up on the city's energy ledger.
3. Chatter is high, including rumors swirling on Twitter earlier this week, that there may be "some more Sonics news" coming out in the next week. That could be a sign that the city plans to announce a deal with an NBA team (such as the Sacramento Kings) to take over Chris Hansen's proposed SoDo stadium; or it could be rumormongering by overexcited Sonics fans.
Hansen's team told us yesterday there's "no news, announcements, or updates."