On Other Blogs Today
On Other Blogs Today: Downtown Crime, the Federal Shutdown, Gender, and Endorsements
Our daily roundup.
1. The Seattle Times reports that despite requests from the City Attorney Pete Holmes for detailed information about low-level downtown criminal offenders, the Seattle Police Department provided only "a list of names and personal information," not details about specific infractions and whether each individual had accepted or refused access to social services typically provided to violators as an alternative to criminal charges.
Holmes, the Times reports, then rejected a request from SPD interim chief Jim Pugel for criminal charges on the grounds that "none of the information sent to him followed the aims of McGinn’s comprehensive Center City Initiative," which aims to bring together law-enforcement and social-service providers to identify the root causes of the crime problem downtown.
As we reported back in August, Holmes has declined to file charges against repeat nuisance offenders; now, SPD is declining to pursue charges against repeat offenders themselves.2. In addition to running the show in the state's transit and highway planning worlds (hello, WSDOT director Lynne Peterson and Sound Transit director Joni Earl!), women head up all of the region's biking advocacy groups, as Seattle Bike Blognotes—including Puget Sound Bike Share, BikeWA, Bike Works, Cascade Bicycle Club, and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.
The bike groups' heavily female leadership is especially inspiring given that biking is widely viewed as a man's game; men greatly outnumber women among bike commuters, although that trend is slowly changing.
3. In less-inspiring news about women, the Tacoma News Tribune offers a dull bit of gender essentialism, suggesting that if only women had been in charge, the ugly federal government shutdown might not have happened.
News flash for the TNT: Even those with two X chromosomes are capable of being pretty damn stubborn (see: Cathy McMorris Rodgers.)
4. We were bowling with the SeattleMet crew yesterday afternoon (Josh wants me to tell you that he bowled a 143), so, we missed some On Other Blogs material: Yesterday, the Stranger published their endorsements.
Spoiler alert! They like McGinn!
And in other endorsement news this week: The Seattle/King County Municipal League supports public campaign financing for Seattle elections, and opposes switching to a 7-2 hybrid district election system. The Seattle Times supports districts but opposes public campaign financing.
5. Speaking of the Stranger: The Wall Street Journal reports on our former Stranger colleague Ari Spool, who's running (as a write-in candidate) for mayor of New York City.