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1. Mike Anderson, a self-proclaimed "recovering true believer" from the evangelical Mars Hill Church, has a heartfelt post explaining why he left the church, his regrets about the church's misogynistic beliefs, and his concerns about the church's founder, pastor Mark Driscoll.
Anderson writes candidly: "I stood idly by and willingly participated in a culture of misogyny. There could probably be books and sociological studies on the details of this, but I’d prefer to just admit one of the biggest things that I did wrong.
"I pressured my brilliant and hard-working wife to give up her dream of law school and have a baby and be a stay-at-home mom as soon as possible. There’s nothing wrong with kiddos (I love my daughter) and staying home with kids is great if you want to. What isn’t great is that I allowed others to take verses from the Bible out of context and put a law on my wife and rob her of a dream. I only added pressure on her. It was wrong, and I’m terribly sorry."
It's a stunning and brave confession.
2. Seattle Transit Blog reports that Bellevue—Bellevue!—is considering a progressive transit master plan that would go "well beyond network design, though, encompassing capital planning; political priorities for service improvement; a holistic approach to multimodal trip generation; and a realistic assessment of existing baseline conditions" and make the Seattle suburb "the regional leader in transit planning."
Although few of the transit improvements in the plan are currently funded, getting the proposal down on paper makes it much more likely that they will be in the future, STB reports.
"While Bellevue has a long way to go to become a truly transit-friendly place, its TMP is a great start," they write. "If fully implemented, it could give Bellevue the most effective bus transit of any city in the Pacific Northwest."
Take that, Seattle.
3. NPR reports that despite a federal mandate requiring restaurants and other businesses that rely on tips to pay a total hourly income equivalent to the federal minimum wage (restaurant workers' minimum nationally is just $2.13 an hour, compared to $7.25 an hour for all other workers), restaurants aren't all making up the difference, leaving some workers making less than the federal minimum.
The underpayment is highly relevant to the $15 minimum wage debate in Seattle, where restaurant owners argued successfully for a temporary so-called "tip credit"—allowing businesses to put off a $15 base wage for several years by factoring tips and benefits into a guaranteed "total compensation" package.
According to NPR, enforcing the tip credit is virtually impossible, requiring employers to "count hour by hour to make sure that tips make up the difference for every worker for every hour they've worked."
4. KING 5, ever concerned about its readers (See: Any number of stories about how drivers! are! having! to! pay! for! parking!) has yet another over-the-top story today about how a "group of opponents" doesn't like Seattle City Light's "smart meter" technology, which helps people monitor their energy use, because they fear—no kidding—that the meters are radioactive and raise "mounting health concerns."
"They're more powerful than cell phones or microwaves, with a strong continuous signal," whatever that means, KING 5 reporter Linda Brill says.
5. Meanwhile, in actual City Light news, KIRO Radio's Dori Monson reports that utility director Jorge Carrasco lied when he claimed that he didn't ask Mayor Ed Murray for a raise of up to $120,000; in fact, as KIRO reporter Brandi Kruse reported, he did just that.
"I don't blame Carrasco for wanting to get as much money as he possibly could from the city and our tax-and-rate-payers," Monson writes. "But for some bizarre reason, he decided to lie about that on KIRO Radio on Friday. We have a real ethical problem here. This is another case where the cover-up is far greater than the original transgression."
6. Seattlish posts on more local businesses that are donating their money and time to Forward Seattle, the group that's attempting to repeal the $15 minimum wage adopted by Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee and ratified by the Seattle City Council.
On the list: Outwest, a gay bar in West Seattle; the Central District's Tamarind Tree, whose owners also operate Belltown's Long Provincial; and the owner of the Chocolate Box Shop and downtown tourist outfit Simply Seattle.
Yesterday, we had the news that Forward Seattle signature gatherers are misleading voters
7. The City Council has delayed a vote on the downtown streetcar linking First Hill and South Lake Union until July 21, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reports, to give planners time to iron out details of the proposal, including how to pay for it.
The streetscar will run up First Avenue and connect the two existing (and under-construction) streetcars sometime in late 2017, if all goes according to plan.