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On Other Blogs Today: Credulous, Expensive, and Dangerous
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1. Whooooooops: Seattle Times reporter Lynn Thompson, as David Goldstein at Horse's Ass points out, credulously reported on the statements of an "anti-15Now" group calling itself 1Seattle, which argued that the current statewide minimum wage of $9.32 an hour is "clearly less than it costs you to support yourself" and that minimum wage workers are "already" making more than $15 an hour, once benefits like sick leave, vacation time, payroll taxes, and training are included.
Look, I'm as irony-challenged as anyone on the planet, but even I balked when I read 1Seattle's claim that time spent "texting on the job" should be counted as part of an employee's total compensation.
Additionally, Goldy notes, the paper quoted a bartender for Von Trapp's on Capitol Hill in a separate story extolling the virtues of a sub-$15 minimum wage—just days after publishing a piece by Von Trapp's owner extolling the virtues of a sub-$15 minimum wage, without disclosing that obvious conflict of interest. Hmm.
2. If you think rent in Seattle is bad, be glad you don't live in San Francisco, where the median apartment goes for $3,350. As City Block notes, that huge premium isn't just because of the tech market, rent control, or other regulations; one giant reason is rules that restrict the creation of new housing in the city, much like the kind of rules Seattle is grappling with today to restrict things like microhousing and small-lot single-family developments.
Be glad you don't live in San Francisco
Ultimately, writer Alex Block notes, controlling the market by tightly restricting supply "only aids those with capital"—i.e., landlords.
3. Car careens down crowded sidewalk on Capitol Hill.
Car plows through wall of Bellevue apartment building.
Car runs through door of downtown Seattle Target, then flees.
Yet despite all those stories (which just ran in the last day), Seattle is apparently "one of the safest cities for pedestrians," according to the Seattle Times.
Yikes. Makes you wonder what all those other cities must be like.
4. Crosscut has a piece on what voters may have gotten when they approved Seattle's new hybrid district/at-large city council system, under which we'll elect council members from seven geographical districts starting next year (plus two at-large positions).
Most of the cities that have adopted districts, as opposed to the at-large system Seattle currently has, seem to have liked them, although at least one (San Francisco) has gone back and forth, and none organize council committees by geography.
5. Thanks a lot, Jenny McCarthy: It's world Immunization Week, yet the Puget Sound Business Journal reports that Washington state remains a hotbed of anti-immunization activism, and has seen a resurgence of diseases, like measles, that are easily preventable and had been all but eradicated. So far this year, 13 state residents have come down with measles.
Anti-vaxxers (like actress and now-Viewco-host McCarthy) claim—in the absence of literally any scientific evidence—that vaccinating kids against disease is causing autism and other ailments.