1. The Economic Opportunity Institute, a liberal economic think tank, has some grim news for working women in the economic "recovery": All over the nation, including in Washington state, women who are returning to work after the recession are making dramatically less than men. In Washington, women are more than twice as likely as men to work in low-wage jobs, including jobs as maids, home health-care workers, and retail cashiers, EOI reports.
The state's high concentration of well-paid (and predominantly male) aerospace and high-tech workers, particularly in the Seattle area, only contributes to that gender pay inequity "despite a higher wage floor"—the minimum wage here is $9.32 and rises with inflation, compared to the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.
2. Drivers who refuse, for 80 days or longer, to mail back their SR-520 toll bills have to pay $40. ... Or that's one way Q13FOX could have framed its story about drivers who want the special privilege of crossing the bridge toll-free.
Instead, they ran a story about the state Department of Transportation "raking in" millions in fines from innocent drivers who think, as one puts it, that it's "way outrageous" to charge a fine to people who don't follow traffic laws.
3. Crosscut reports that socialist city council member Kshama Sawant now plans to go it alone on her letter opposing Israel's actions in Gaza, after five other council members said they wouldn't sign on. (Three others were absent.) As we reported last Monday, in announcing her letter, Sawant condemned Israel's "racist policies" and urged citizens to attend two pro-Palestinian protests downtown last week.
4. The Seattle Times has the news that Pike Place Market has put the kibosh on allowing Pronto's bikesharing service to locate a kiosk in the market, citing rules that ban naming rights and corporate logos.
Pronto's bikes will bear the logo of corporate sponsor Alaska Airlines, and some will display other corporate logos—a policy the market says opens them up to "all sorts of pressure" from other hopeful advertisers.