The week was bookended by Monday's historic city council vote to raise Seattle's minimum wage to $15 and yesterday's tragic campus shooting at Seattle Pacific University. 

1. Fizz Likes that City Council member Kshama Sawant, who campaigned on the $15 wage issue, kept maximum pressure on from the left throughout the minimum wage process, raised concerns about the final legislation such as the phase-in for big business, the initial tip credit, and the training wage provision, while simultaneously voting for the bill in the end, which, as she noted, means “a hundred thousand low-wage workers in Seattle will be seeing their wages raised to $15 an hour over the next 10 years ... a transfer of roughly $3 billion from the top to the lowest paid workers." 

Sawant demonstrated quality political gamesmanship and credibility to conservative skeptics. 

Sawant demonstrated quality political gamesmanship and credibility to conservative skeptics.

(With her political stock up, it also buoyed Sawant's stand this week—another Fizz Like—to point out the hypocrisy of Seattle City Light head Jorge Carrasco's retroactive raise. No phase-in for him on the potential $100,000 raise.) 

2.  Fizz Likes that Mayor Ed Murray proved that the collaborative process he campaigned on—he also sided with SEIU and their SeaTac (and Seattle) $15 minimum wage cause during his own campaign last year—can re-write Seattle's infamous, acrimonious, and traditionally endless-process MO. 

December with business and labor by his side.
June with business and labor by his side.

From the outset of this process, starting with his December press conference when he had both Sawant and big business standing together at the podium, through his 21-3 supermajority task force vote, through Monday's 9-0 council vote, Murray, imposing a stern deadline, stuck by his own MO, honed in the state legislature, of hammering out compromise. 

(A council staffer gleefully pointed out to Fizz that there were only two committee meetings after Murray sent down the bill, which is unprecedented for an issue of this complexity, adding that, ha!, the legislation passed in advance of a gripe-y, slow-footed business charter initiative that can't go on the ballot anyway.)

Take that traditional Seattle process!  

Ultimately, Murray won an internationally-noted Kumbaya that makes good on the urbanist promise that progressive cities can lead the country as the state and the federal government fail.

Like Sawant, although in this instance thumping his critics from the left, he demonstrated quality political gamesmanship and credibility of his own. 

3. Juxtaposed against the minimum wage vote, Fizz Doesn't Like that the council simultaneously continued this week to handwring over aPodments—a potential housing option that would work in concert with policies like higher wages to assure Seattle's chances of emerging as a truly worker-friendly city.

4. In more council action this week, Fizz Likes the precedent set by the 4-1 council committee vote to upzone Mt. Baker. The lone 'No' vote came from Bruce Harrell, who lives in the area, proving, counter-intuitively (but logically), that the new districting system may actually undermine the rule of neighborhood provincialism.

The new district elections system could give council members the cover they need to support big zoning changes in other council districts, allowing lone council members to cast the safe NIMBY vote while progressive policy, with the city at large in mind, prevails.

5.  Fizz Likes the mayor's statement on yesterday's shooting, which immediately placed the tragedy in its undeniable political context. 

Murray told Fizz last night: 

Our nation is experiencing an epidemic of senseless gun violence, and Seattle is not immune. We have to acknowledge this larger pattern of violence, where problems – be they on a school campus, in a home or far too often on our nearby street corners – are solved with guns. And this city, as with the nation, must take steps to reduce this senseless violence.

We also Like, per yesterday's Tweet(s) of the Day, that Murray broadened the focus beyond high-profile and school shootings. 

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