1.The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that the city of Seattle has sued Gigabit, the untested startup company former mayor Mike McGinn handpicked to provide high-speed Internet service to Seattle neighborhoods, for $50,000 in unpaid bills.
Gigabit was supposed to spend millions of dollars activating miles of "dark fiber" throughout Seattle, but they put those plans on hold indefinitely after failing to secure funding from investors. Mayor Ed Murray pulled the plug on the flailing program shortly after taking office in January.
2. Over at The Raw Story, Amanda Marcotte asks a basic question about the Garfield rape case (which was, oddly, barely covered by local media, receiving attention only after Al Jazeera America wrote about it a week ago): Did the victim, who was raped on a field trip and subsequently dropped out of the school while the popular athlete who targeted her went on with life as if nothing had happened, actually consent?
That is—unlike the rapist's account, which blamed the girl for failing to sufficiently fight back—did she affirmatively consent to sex, as opposed to actively resisting and fighting the boy off?
Sure, there will always be men who will whine that it’s so hard to get laid if you have to bother knowing if your partner wants to have sex, too. But so what? If I ran around saying that it’s so hard to get invited to dinner without just walking into people’s houses uninvited, that wouldn’t change the fact that I’m criminally trespassing. If I insisted the only way I get to visit people is by barging into their houses, you’d tell me that it’s my responsibility to learn how to make friends so I get invited. Men who want to have sex should be held to the same minimum standard.
3. The Seattle Times announced four more "community partners" today, including the International Examiner and the Seattle Greenlake Blog.
Altogether, the four sites are run by four men and one woman.
4. Smart Growth Seattle's Roger Valdez has his own obituary for one-term Seattle mayor Paul Schell, focusing on Schell's commitment to urbanism and density in Seattle. Valdez writes that the Schell years were "a renaissance of neighborhood activism with a purpose: to capture the value created by economic and population growth to benefit neighborhoods. Parks, drainage projects, libraries, and yes, even traffic circles were popping up everywhere."
He adds, "like Nixon going to China, it had to be a developer that could make this balance of growth, neighborhood identity, and change all work together. And Schell had a light touch, giving neighborhoods resources to process themselves into a consensus about how to change instead of leaving them to coalesce into a hornet’s nest of opposition to growth.
Joel Connelly, Schell's fellow Whidbey Islander, also has a nice Schell obit in the PI.com.
5. Finally, Seattle Transit Blog breaks down the benefits, and travel time penalties, associated with riding Link Light Rail from the airport to downtown. The bad news: Riding rail takes, on average, 21 minutes longer than taking a taxi, putting it 31st out of 50 U.S. cities. The good news: Link's average headway (the number of minutes between trains) is jus 10 minutes, putting it 10th out of 50 U.S. airport-to-city transit systems in the nation.
And, STB notes, "as an extra bonus, although not accounted for in the rankings, a variety of destinations in the [Seattle] metro area can be reached as frequently from the airport as downtown."