Morning Fizz: Weirdly Insouciant Effort
Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring transit nerds, advertising signs, blasé Democrats, and littering.
1. It's not five years ago, so we shouldn't be so impressed, but we are: Martin Duke, the all-star blogger at Seattle Transit Blog, was appointed to Mayor Ed Murray's community advisory committee to pick a new director of the Seattle Department of Transportation.
(Former Mayor Mike McGinn's SDOT director Peter Hahn was one of the first to go in the Murray transition and Hahn's deputy Goran Sparrman has been filling the role.)
The national search process for the new SDOT director, including public meetings, advisory committee oversight, and a council vote on the mayor's final pick, is scheduled to line up the new director by June.
Duke's STB is the leading local voice for progressive transit brains—here they are busting the funny math of the anti-Prop 1 voters guide statement—and Duke's appointment to the committee is an encouraging sign that Murray could get this choice right.
The whole list of advisory committee members, headed up by Sound Transit director Joni Earl, is here. With folks such as transit advocate state Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D-46, N. Seattle), Transportation Coalition Choices director Rob Johnson, Futurewise director Hillary Franz, and Feet First director Lisa Quinn in the mix along with Duke, Seattle seems likely to ID an SDOT director with a comprehensive focus—peds, bikes, and transit oriented communities—for local transportation policy.
2. Learn to trust the Fizz (or Erica actually). The Puget Sound Business Journal has coverage of the council's decision to rein in giant advertising signs.
3. One name we're hearing in the Democrats' weirdly insouciant effort to hold on to the state senate seat in the 30th Legislative District (Federal Way, Des Moines) is Leanne Guier, the current mayor of Pacific.
4. Speaking of losing control of the state senate, which is represented by conservative Republicans like ideologue Sen. Don Benton (R-17, Vancouver): Benton may be behind some intriguing drama in Clark County, where he recently became the Environment Director.
Fizz hears the Clark County Commissioners may institute a $150,000 littering tax—only applicable to the Columbian.
The commission recently changed their "Newspaper of Record" from the Columbian to the more conservative, small weekly, the Battleground Reflector.