1. The Super Bowl victory parade is set for Wednesday, February 5. 

Time: 11am to 1:30pm.

Place: Just south of Denny on 4th Ave—and off to Century Link Field. 

2. After the state senate passed the DREAM Act on Friday, mayor Ed Murray's spokeswoman Roz Brazel inadvertently sent out an email that wasn't intended for public consumption. Addressed to her boss, Murray communications director Jeff Reading, Brazel floated two statements about the legislation:

"Jeff --- two statements below. One more straight forward, one with a 'tisk tisk' feel."

As a state senator, Murray sponsored the DREAM Act last year only to have the Republican-dominated senate ignore it. Finally seeing the political writing on the wall, the GOP followed the Democratic lead this year, and passed the bill. (The DREAM Act makes kids of undocumented parents eligible for college financial aid.)

Murray's office officially opted for the straightforward statement: “I was proud to sponsor the Dream Act as a State Senator. I am pleased that the State Senate passed a similar bill today, and that all youth, regardless of status, will have better access to higher education. With the passage of the Dream Act, we have helped undocumented youth throughout Washington come closer to realizing the American Dream.”

The "tisk tisk" version? “I was proud to take up this fight so many years ago as a State Senator. I’m glad to see this bill has finally come to fruition that allows all youth, regardless of status, to have better access to higher education. With the passage of the Dream Act, we have helped undocumented youth throughout Washington come closer to realizing the American Dream.”

Murray's former colleagues in the senate officially opted for the tisk tisk version themselves. State Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe (D-1, Bothell), the ranking member of the education committee, for example, said:

I’m happy that our Republican colleagues have decided to join the 19 Democrats who sponsored the Dream Act in the Senate last year in support of this bill.

3. Erica will be on KUOW's The Record today at 12:30 to talk about the SPD and the city council's new proposal to regulate (kill?) ridesharing—among other hot topics at city hall. 

Tune in. 94.9 FM.

4. The Washington State Democratic Party elected Jaxon Ravens, the group's current executive director, as their new state party chair this weekend. Ravens, who will step in to replace retiring Washington State Democratic Party Chair Dwight Pelz, beat three other candidates for the top position, including former Planned Parenthood Political Director Dana Laurent.

Ravens won with 112 votes. Laurent, who got a last-minute endorsement from Gov. Jay Inslee, came in a distant second with 53 votes.

Ravens won with 112 votes. Laurent, who got a last-minute endorsement from Gov. Jay Inslee, came in a distant second with 53 votes.

With the recent appointments of minority leaders like Mia Gregerson, who's Asian, and Brady Walkinshaw, who's Cuban, to the state house, it felt like Washington state's Democratic Party was undergoing a tectonic shift, and making good on its reputation for being more diverse than the GOP. Failing to elect Laurent is a missed opportunity on that front.  

5. Josh has started writing a column for the magazine this year. It's called Urban Ugrade and it's about innovations such as new muni apps that generate efficiency; land-use and planning changes that activate neighborhoods; tech and share economy start-ups that disrupt the commercial status quo; and transit, bike, and pedestrian fixes that alter car-heavy city design. 

Here's the latest installment. You're familiar with AirBnB. Check out the ground version, yet another take on carsharing.

SEIU's David Rolf. Photo by Brandon Hill

Meanwhile, forget about Kshama Sawant or Ed Murray. Also in this month's edition of Seattle Met, Josh has a feature story on the real power broker in the fight for the $15 minimum wage, Service Employees International Union Local 775NW leader David Rolf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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