1. The Seattle Times' Emily Heffter profiles Seattle mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell today, following up on her colleague Bob Young's story yesterday OOBT about Harrell's fellow contender, Peter Steinbrueck.
Heffter's takeaway: Harrell was "inspired" by growing up as a disadvantaged minority kid in Seattle (Harrell, a city council member and attorney, is half-African American and half-Japanese American) to run on a social-justice platform against Mayor Mike McGinn.
2. Days before the end of public comment on the proposed update to the city's Bike Master Plan, Seattle Bike Blog has a piece detailing some of the proposal's shortcomings: Specifically, how it fails to provide new bike infrastructure for residents of Southeast Seattle, where Rainier Ave. SE is, in the bike blog's words, "one of the city's most dangerous streets."
If we don’t act now we’ll be playing catch-up, and all of the other issues we’re talking about now in this race will fade into the background as our financial and intellectual resources become increasingly dedicated to adaptation and mitigation of the effects of climate disruption.
Along with the cute (although environmentally and economically wise ) reason—"We shop at the same place" (Goodwill)—Harrison focuses on the same urbanist agenda Josh outlined in McGinn's defense the other day: The mayor, whatever you think of his actual accomplishments (his know-it-all style, as his opponents have pointed out, has prevented him from getting things done), has a truly urbanist agenda that distinguishes him from his equally liberal opponents.
Harrison argues, compellingly, that McGinn has put climate change front and center during his administration. "If we act decisively on climate change now, Seattle can lead and export innovative solutions to the rest of the US. If we don’t act now we’ll be playing catch-up, and all of the other issues we’re talking about now in this race will fade into the background as our financial and intellectual resources become increasingly dedicated to adaptation and mitigation of the effects of climate disruption."
4. Prolific Seattle-area true crime author Ann Rule has sued the Seattle Weekly for libel in response to a story published in the paper in 2011. The Weekly story claimed Rule was guilty of "sloppy storytelling" in her book Heart Full of Lies about the slaying of an Oregon man by his fiancée, Liysa Northon, the PI.com reports.
The paper failed to disclose the fact that the writer of the story, Rick Swart, was engaged to the woman convicted of murdering her husband-to-be—a basic fact that could have been ascertained with a simple Google search. Swart is now Northon's fourth husband.