Morning Fizz: Executed in Front of the Gum Wall
How we really feel about this week.
It's Friday Fizz. Time for our weekly installment of LIKES & DISLIKES.
Once again, after polling our select panel of bitchy insiders, we're quoting verbatim from the emails they sent in.
1. I DISLIKE that conservative primary voters in the 1st CD found there was something they liked less than a Democrat - a Latino. "Best to vote for the white-sounding guy that I've never heard of."
And yes, I'm calling an entire swath of voters in Snohomish County racist. I'm perfectly comfortable with that. Imagine if exit polling had been conducted with those who voted for the other R. What % would have been able to name one accurate differentiator between him and Celis?
*Editor's note. Erica hit this same point in yesterday's On Other Blogs Today (OOBT!) with the same footnote we've got this AM: Celis is actually in second place now, edging out Tea Partier Robert Sutherland by 840 votes. Celis is at 16.37 percent to Sutherland's 15.63. Both Republicans are miles behind incumbent U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1), who's at 50.77 percent in a field of seven candidates.
2. I LIKE that my days in front of the Seattle Socialist Army Firing Squad (I assume all us Democrats will be executed in front of the Gum Wall at Pike Place Market) are further delayed with Spear's poor showing in the primary against Chopp. My family and I kinda owe Frank our lives.
*Editor's note. Socialist challenger Jess Spear finished with 19.86 percent to state House Speaker Frank Chopp's 80.14 percent in her run for Chopp's 43rd Legislative District house seat—not quite as good as the Republican state senate challenger in North Seattle's 46th District (Republican Len Sperry got 20.58 to incumbent state Sen. David Frockt's 79.42); a little better than the Republicanspirit Party challenger in Ballard's 36th Legislative District ("Republicanspirit" candidate Leslie Klein got 14.06 percent to incumbent state Rep. Reuven Carlyle's 85.94); but certainly better than Spear mentor Kshama Sawant herself did in Sawant's premier double primary stand against Rep. Jamie Pedersen and simultaneous write-in run against Chopp in 2012 (Sawant got 9.13 percent against Pedersen and 11.83 percent against Chopp, going on to get 29.37 in the general against Chopp.)
Our bourgeois insider better not get too comfy. At Spear's primary night party at Vermillion on Capitol Hill, Sawant told the crowd: "My brothers and sisters, at this moment Frank Chopp is feeling pretty good. But let's warn him, don't get too comfortable. This is not about filling out little bubbles with a blue pen, it's about raising the confidence of workers and the marginalized. They are scared because we are an unstoppable force! We have until November 4th to rock the city."
3. I DISLIKE that the "yes" side of the parks campaign is creating a narrative that the "No" vote is the result of some kind of Tea Bagger-Eyman-Seattle Times plot. Lots of people were honestly skeptical of the governance structure that relies on the city council as the governing body. Defenses like saying that the council already votes on the parks budget only fueled skepticism about whether the council (the same council that fell all over itself to build the tunnel and is flummoxed by how to deal with housing) is up to the task of running another taxing district.
In what econ text book does adding to supply increase the price?
4. I DISLIKE that Seattle's average home price is at an all time high and yet the council is considering legislation that will make it harder to build more housing in Seattle.
*Editor's note: Asked what council legislation they were talking about, our bitchy insider groused about limiting aPodments, limiting small lot single family construction, and limiting apartment heights.
Fair enough, but we see a bigger problem. Fizz is wary that the council is now considering its consultant recommendation for a so-called "linkage" fee on developers. The idea is that, rather than using the current "Incentive Zoning" model where developers pay into an affordable housing fund when they want to build higher than the standard in a given building zone, the "linkage" model would simply make all developers pay in to a fund upfront, regardless of height, when they set out to build in any designated growth area. (Erica reported on the idea last month.) There are all sorts of pros and cons with both "Incentive Zoning"—which, by the way, only raised about eight percent of all dollars spent on affordable housing in the past decade and produced a sparse amount of affordable housing anyway—and pros and cons with the new "linkage" idea. But what we DISLIKE about "linkage" is the very premise of what it's linking to what. The link, apparently, is this: Building new housing raises the price of housing, therefore developers should pay an offset.
In what econ textbook does adding to supply increase the price?
5. I DISLIKE that despite the fact that the mayor has written to the Seattle Housing Authority to say he "cannot support the changes contemplated in the Stepping Forward proposal," SHA seems to be moving ahead with the plan anyhow, with a meeting later this month to present the plan to the community.
*Editor's note: This is evidently a response to Erica's big story yesterday about SHA's planned change to its housing guidelines.
6. Speaking of the week in review: Erica will be on KUOW's Friday news roundup show this morning at 10. LIKE. Tune in 94.9 FM.