Morning Fizz: "I Think it's Reprehensible."
Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring: Molly Moon's speaks out, pro-choice reps speak out, Cola readers speak out, and RapidRide numbers speak for themselves.
1. Working Washington, the union-backed group that's been watch-dogging the business-backed effort to undo Seattle's new minimum wage law and pointing out how the paid signature gatherers are misleading people—"the signature gatherer told members of the public that the referendum was to 'raise it to $15 an hour' and that the minimum wage law 'hadn't been legalized yet'"—have been fighting back.
For the past 24 hours, Working Washington has been organizing voters who feel they were duped into signing to send in official letters demanding that their signatures be scrubbed from the list. (Yes, you can do this by sending a formal signed notice to King County Elections and the Seattle City Clerk by the end of the day today.)
In addition to Working Washington, which was distributing the signature withdrawal form online and inviting people to its downtown SEIU headquarters to fill out a letter, Molly Moon's ice cream shop was operating as HQ for the unSign effort, making the signature reversal letters available at four of its six shops yesterday evening.
It’s a beautiful day — get some ice cream and get your signature withdrawn! We will be at four Molly Moon’s locations from 6pm – 9 pm with paperwork you can sign to withdraw your signature from the petition: Capitol Hill, Wallingford, U Village, and Queen Anne.
Asked why she felt compelled to head up the cause—and if she'd gotten a reaction from any of her small business colleagues in town, like from the group of businesses funding the initiative to undo the $15 law, ice cream entrepreneur Molly Neitzel told Fizz she'd hadn't heard any complaints.
And she added:
"I think Seattle had a deliberate, thoughtful process and a robust debate that led to a responsible $15 minimum wage law that will boost the economy and support small business success. ... I was really proud to join with other small business owners to provide input into the law’s construction.
"I think it’s reprehensible that opponents have mislad voters into signing their referendum to repeal the law, thinking they were signing an initiative to pass the popular measure. When I heard that voters who were misled had a short window of opportunity to rescind their signature, I wanted to help make it as easy as possible for them to do it, and I know our shops are a recognizable place in several neighborhoods."
"RapidRide was launched with a goal of increasing ridership over each previous route by 50 percent within 5 years. A and C lines have surpassed that mark."
Working Washington reports this morning that "several dozen" people showed up at the Capitol Hill Molly Moon's alone last night to set the record straight with a withdrawal letter.
2. It wasn't the nearly 800-person sample size we got on our tunnel question—build it or kill it—weighing in on our South Lake Union PubliPola question: Do you ever go to SLU at night for entertainment? (We believe that in addition to jobs, housing, and transit, time should be a metric for aspiring innovation districts like South Lake Union.)
But about 200 of you voted, which seems like a good measure.
And Survey Says! 65.73 percent said nothing is drawing them to SLU after dark vs. 34.27 percent who said SLU has cool stuff going on at night.
To be honest, we were actually surprised that many people said they head to SLU in the evening to play. Fill us in. What do you do there?
(As for the breakdown on our tunnel vote: 60.97 said scrap it vs. 39.03 said keep building it.)
3. Compared to eight bus routes they replaced, Metro's RapidRide lines—the A, B, C, D, and E (no figures on the F line yet), are dwarfing ridership by 28 percent.
Metro told Fizz: "RapidRide was launched with a goal of increasing ridership over each previous route by 50 percent within 5 years. A and C lines have surpassed that mark."
The baselines in the chart above were established for each line at the time it transitioned to RapidRide. So, for example, the baseline metric for the A line is taken from 174 bus ridership in 2010 when the A replaced the 174. And The C Line—replacing the 54 and part of the 55—baseline is from 2011because that is when the hours were added, though the C fully launched in September 2012.
4. When the U.S. Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision came down last week granting "closely held" companies the right to deny contraceptive coverage to their employees due to "sincere" religious beliefs—trumping workers' rights with owners' rights and further establishing the creepy concept of corporate personhood—U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1) said she'd sponsor legislation to address the ruling.
Yesterday, Rep. DelBene did just that.
“It is incredibly important that Congress respond to the Supreme Court’s decision last week that gives for-profit employers the ability to interfere in their workers’ personal health care decisions," DelBene said after she and 127 pro-choice reps introduced the so-called "The Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act" which will states that for-profit employers cannot discriminate against their female employees when it comes specifically to health care; 99 percent of women use birth control sometime in their lives.
The legislation would not trump existing exemptions for religious employers such as churches or religious non-profits.
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) is the lead sponsor on the senate version.