Morning Fizz: New and Alternative Solutions to the Problem
Caffeinated news & gossip featuring non-ideological campaigning and smart re-framing.
Noteworthy quotes: The president accused the house Republicans of being the "biggest barrier and impediment" to "getting things done" saying the GOP was more focused on "positioning themselves for the next election..." —which is kind of a funny thing to say while he's doing a Democratic fundraising tour for the midterms (he'll have done 17 fundraisers in November by tomorrow).
He also reportedly described himself as: "not a particularly ideological person."
Obama's motorcade was met by protesters at his North Seattle fundraising stop at the private home of clothing retailer Tom Campion with placards denouncing the XL pipeline proposal and drones.
2. Seattle's latest "aPodment" fight is coming to the Ballard Community Center, where neighbors will discuss a proposal for a four-story, 46-unit, mixed use (3,500 square feet of retail space at the ground level) development at 68th St. and Greenwood Ave.
The sticking point—already lighting up the comments threads in the PhinnyeWood neighborhood blog— is that the 46-unit proposal comes with parking for just 15 cars.
We'll definitely be putting this meeting, slated for December 16, in the PubliCalendar, and hope that people like Evan Clifthorne, a one-time candidate for state rep from the 36th District, show up.
Here's what Clifthorne had to say in the comments thread responding to the other commenters who said "IT NEEDS 46 parking spaces for 46 units."
Bolds ours on the smart way Clifthorne re-framed the parking space issue:
I believe there is a disconnect here; a gap in perspective. Many (if not most) of the residents in Phinneywood are families who purchased their homes between 15 - 30 years ago. Home prices were different, as was the character of the neighborhood. Today, the home prices in this neighborhood are astronomical. I refuse to believe that the neighbors and people I've met in this area are actively trying to “keep out the poor”, so I can only assume there's a communication breakdown.
Yes, there are many problems with the way these types of buildings are being put up. But that's not a reason to stop them altogether. We have to look beyond our own prejudices: just because we may not want to share a kitchen, that doesn’t mean others have a problem with it. Just because we can’t envision living w/o a car, that doesn’t mean others feel the same. So let’s talk about how to improve this kind of density, instead of trying to block it outright.
I want to see setback requirements, visual design requirements, & greenery requirements. I want to look at amenity requirements and retail space design. And yes, we should think about vehicles too: we should look at requiring those 15 spaces to be filled with Car2Go and ZipCar. And we should find out whether and to what extent the City can dis-incentivize car ownership for apodment dwellers.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the charm of Seattle’s single family homes. I don’t want to see them disappear. I believe we can and should find a way to do both, even if that means new and alternative solutions to the problem.
Cascade Bicycle Club let two more staffers go last week—the latest in a wave of departures, voluntary and otherwise. 3. Cascade Bicycle Club let two more staffers go last week—the latest in a wave of departures, voluntary and otherwise, that have accompanied the retirement of longtime Cascade director Chuck Ayers.
Last month, Ayers' replacement, Elizabeth Kiker, fired the group's PR director Evan Manvel; in addition to Manvel, several key staffers have quit or been asked to leave since Ayers announced he was stepping down this past March.
The two staffers are education director Julie Salathe and deputy director Kathy McCabe.
Salathe will be replaced by former Cascade youth program manager Shannon Koller. Cascade staff writer Anne-Marije Rook will take over communications for the Club, and community outreach manager Serena Lehman will become director of membership and outreach.
4. U.S. House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is hosting a forum—along with Washington state's own U.S. Reps Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1) and Adam Smith (D-WA, 9)—at Seattle city hall at 9 am this morning on pay equity for women.
The imbalance between what men and women are paid at city hall was an issue during this year's mayoral election—as was raising the minimum wage.