1. Minimum Wage
Mayor Ed Murray's Income Inequality Advisory Committee, which is supposed to come up with a $15 minimum wage proposal to send to council by the end of the month, held its penultimate meeting yesterday. (Its last meeting is next week.)
Heading in to yesterday's meeting, the ball was reportedly in business's court; having publicly rolled out their OneSeattle coalition of businesses and nonprofits who want a $15 minimum wage with some footnotes such as tip credit, the mayor's office (and the labor side) wanted to hear some specifics that indicated a compromise was afoot.
How'd it go?
Here's what we know: Murray, who has said since the process began in December that he’d bring his own proposal forward if the committee was deadlocked, told the committee that he would present his own proposal next Monday, April 24.
There you have it.
2. The State Legislature
Former U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott aide Rory O'Sullivan, a lefty lawyer who runs the Housing Justice Project, a legal clinic for people facing eviction, has withdrawn from the race in Southeast Seattle's 37th Legislative District to fill retiring state Sen. Adam Kline's seat.
Celis's fairly impressive out-of-the-gate numbers included $36,000 from he and his wife, nearly 18 percent of his total haul.
O'Sullivan's campaign, which kicked off in early February, receded from view when former OneAmerica director Pramila Jayapal announced in mid-March that she was running, immediately picking up a parade of high-profile endorsements including the mayor, several city council members including super lefty Mike O'Brien and Seattle conservative Tim Burgess, along with Real Change leader Tim Harris, and the grocery workers' union, UFCW Local 21.
Jayapal, who's both on Mayor Murray's minimum wage task force and his police chief search committee, has raised $60,000; O'Sullivan had raised just $11,000.
A third candidate, anti-charter schools and 37th District Democrats vice-chairman Louis Watanabe, who's been endorsed by 37th resident and Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell, has raised $22,000.
Speaking of charter schools—an issue in the district where state Rep. Eric Pettigrew has led the charge—ed reform may be Watanabe's only chance against the Jayapal juggernaut; Jayapal has gotten $500 contributions from two big ed reform advocates, Burgess and Community Center for Education Results director Mary Jean Ryan, and $250 from Eric Liu, a close compatriot of charter backer Nick Hanauer, though Liu himself did not contribute to Hanauer's successful charters measure, I-1240.
3. U.S. Congress
A footnote on yesterday's fundraising report from Pedro Celis, the Republican Mexican-immigrant-Microsoft-success-story candidate who's running against U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1).
His fairly impressive out-of-the-gate numbers—$202,000 from 330 donors—included $36,000 from himself and his wife, nearly 18 percent of his total haul.