Morning Fizz: Share Your Data This Time
Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring vulgar attacks, more candidates, more time, and second chances.
1. Alex Zimmerman, an activist with the angry group Stand Up America and an incessant (and often off-point, and usually vulgar) public commenter at Seattle City Council meetings, told the "Nazi" council's housing committee yesterday that he'd just been evicted from his apartment, and that it was his sixth eviction so far in Seattle.
Committee chair Sally Clark (who is always, it should be noted, exceedingly patient with Zimmerman's ranting, even when he calls her and her fellow council members "full of shit" or yells things like, "Heil Fuhrer Clark!", as he did yesterday), asked Zimmerman sincerely whether he needed help from the city to avoid being homeless. Zimmerman, for his part, just yelled at Clark and her fellow council members that they were "by definition Nazis and Mafia," and did not, according to Clark, ask for any actual assistance.
2. With all the talk of Rory O'Sullivan dropping out of the 37th Legislative District state senate race to fill retiring state Sen. Adam Kline's Southeast Seattle seat and Fizz's appointment of former OneAmerica director Pramila Jayapal as the frontrunner (and Loius Watanabe as the main challenger), we should mention that there is another legit candidate: NAACP board member Sheley Secrest, an attorney and former member of the SPD oversight review board.
Secrest hasn't raised much money, but she is a well-established name in town.
3. And the latest on the fast-moving minimum wage discussions: We've heard next Monday's scheduled meeting has been moved to Wednesday as Mayor Ed Murray, sensing a possible deal, is giving all the sides more time to work on their proposals.
4. Speaking of compromises and deals, Murray is taking advantage of yesterday's news that the initiative campaign (mainly funded by rideshare companies Uber and Lyft) to repeal the cap on rideshare drivers turned in signatures yesterday (which suspends the legislation until the public vote), to announce he's calling all the parties back to the table to come up with a new deal.
Murray has repeatedly said he supports the rideshare companies. And the companies, obviously, don't like the legislation, which puts a cap of 150 on the number of drivers per company that can be on the road at any one time.
Fizz's unsolicited advice to the rideSHARE companies: If you want the council to believe the 150 number is devastating to your business, SHARE your data this time, so that your argument actually has some credibility.