1. KPLU public radio reports that if sea levels continue to rise at the rate of current trends, 30 Washington state towns will be inundated by water by 2100 to the point that at least half the population would have to move. The towns that would be impacted include Aberdeen, Fife, Longview, and Whidbey Island.
2. Clutch Magazine reports that New York City, like Seattle, is considering a requirement that New York police officers wear body-mounted cameras—the same idea that has been proposed by Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell (but remains illegal under a state law that requires the person being filmed to consent before an officer can start filming a suspect.)
The proposal is aimed at curbing the NYPD policy, declared unconstitional by a federal judge last week, of stopping "suspicious" individuals—usually young black or brown men—and frisking them without suspicion of an actual crime. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who also defended stop-and-frisk, said body-mounted cameras would be "a nightmare" for police.
3. The Seattle Times spends nearly 1,000 words gushing over Amazon's plans to build a cycle track—a dedicated bike path separated from car traffic—next to its new campus in the Denny Triangle.
The Times writes, "The scale of Amazon’s redevelopment will give planners an unusual opportunity to design the highest-quality cycle track," and quotes an Amazon real estate director: "We’re thrilled to be creating a new cycle track that will make the ride to and from downtown safer and easier for all cyclists in the community."
Reality check: A two-block-long cycle track isn't going to make cycling safer "for all cyclists." Call us when you're building an actual bike facility that will actually serve actual cyclists—not a demonstration project that only spans two blocks. Then you can have a cookie.
4. The Sacramento Bee reports on what they call the "shocking revalation" that San Francisco hedge fund manager Chris Hansen has been "unmasked as the mystery donor" who contributed $80,000 to a Sacramento signature-gathering campaign to derail a proposed new arena for the Sacramento Kings. Hansen had hoped to move the Kings to a new arena he wanted to build in Seattle; the expenditure came after the NBA blocked his effort.
According to the Bee, Hansen's contribution to the group, made through a Los Angeles law firm, came to light after the state's political watchdog sued the group gathering signatures to oppose the arena to try to force them to disclose the source of their funding. The group apparently violated state law by failing to disclose that information.
Maybe we're jaded, Hansen's contribution seems about as shocking as, say, the Washington Beverage Association contributing to the campaign against the soda tax. Of course, those donations were disclosed in a timely manner.