Morning Fizz: Adversaries by Day
Caffeinated News & Gossip: Look who's supporting Prop. 1
1. We couldn't help noticing that adversaries by day on the biggest issue in Seattle right now, the $15 minimum wage, are showing up as comrades on Prop. 1, the measure on the ballot (and in the balance) today to raise the sales tax 0.1 percent and institute a $60 vehicle license fee, raising $80 million to prevent drastic bus cuts and $50 million for local roads.
Check it out: The King Count Labor Council and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the Ali and Frazier of the minimum wage debate, have both endorsed Prop. 1; same with Puget Sound Sage (the labor-backed group that's promoting the $15 minimum wage) and Nucor Steel (the poster child for exemptions to the minimum wage); as well as Mayor Ed Murray and socialist City Council member Kshama Sawant, currently at odds over a compromise solution or a ballot measure.
Alaska Airlines and SEIU 775, which were diametrically opposed during last year's $15 minimum wage standoff in Sea-Tac, have also both endorsed Prop 1.
Other opposites who are attracting over saving Metro...
Other opposites who are attracting over saving Metro: UNITE HERE Local 8 (the hotel workers union) and big hotel developer Richard Hedreen (not to mention the Seattle Hotel Association); Seattle (the whole city council) and the suburban lobby (the Sound Cities Association); neighborhood activist David Miller and the urbanistas at Sightline and the Sierra Club; and heck, the Horizon House retirement home and the Stranger.
2. In other Prop. 1 news, which is good news for the measure: Of the 29 percent turnout so far (the county is eventually expecting 38 percent turnout), 30 percent have been "infrequent" voters, which defies the predictions that four-of-four voters (super regular voters), typically older and more conservative voters who read the Seattle Times (about the only entity against Prop. 1), are going to dominate this special election.
3. In non-Prop. 1—but still ballot measure-related—news, the City Council's Select Committee on Parks Funding approved the Metropolitan Parks District yesterday, a permanent property tax proposed by the mayor for about $50 million a year, to fund parks (rather than the every-six-years mishegas.)
The full council will take up the measure, which is $6 million less than what Murray has asked for, next, likely sending it to an August ballot.