1. The Seattle Times profiles Service Employees International Union Local 775 leader David Rolf, saying the home health care workers' union leader "wants to breathe new life into unions" and
looks like a gung-ho, young corporate executive" (true).
2. Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday that a 2013 state legislative package to pay for transportation is a must, the AP reports. ""We're heading for a cliff on the condition our roads and bridges," Inslee told the AP. "They're reaching the end of their useful life."
State house Democrats have proposed a nearly $10 billion package that includes a ten-cent increase in the state gas tax, a $25 tax on bike sales, and new local taxing authority; Republicans in the state senate oppose the legislation, and house Democrats are now proposing a smaller version of the proposal.
3. A new study, out of Seattle, of course, finds that people who live in so-called "walkable" areas—those with more destinations in walking distance from where people live—don't necessarily walk more than people who don't live in walkable areas, KPLU reports.
Using the area where the U District blends into Ravenna as an example, the station notes, the study found that there was no "clear relationship" between how much about a thousand women in Seattle walked and how walkable their neighborhood was. "It didn’t seem to matter whether the women lived near leafy streets with interesting destinations nearby, or in a cul-de-sac far from shops and parks," KPLU reports.
One question and a quibble, though: First, why is it that studies about health and fitness seem to be the only ones that focus exclusively on women ("obesity," in fact, is one of the tags for the story)?And second, there might be reasons women don't walk as much as men, such as safety, that the study failed to consider entirely.
4. West Seattle Blog reports on trouble at Nickelsville, the homeless encampment run by SHARE/WHEEL: Its lead staffer, Scott Morrow, apparently showed up on Friday and took out all the camp's Port-A-Potties, which were the only places Nickelsville residents had to use the bathroom.
Morrow reportedly said he removed the toilets over an "internal management issue"; residents said it was because of a dispute over the return to the camp of "meth dealers and barred, violent former campers."
5. Field of Schemes explains the deal the city of Sacramento is proposing to keep the Sacramento Kings NBA team (which San Francisco hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen has proposed buying and importing to Seattle).
It's complicated, but basically, the city would sell a bunch of land and divert future parking revenues—and potentially hotel-motel taxes, if the parking money isn't enough—to fund the new arena. And if parking revenues come up short, the city would put anything it makes from the new arena, including things like taxes from tickets, sales taxes, and rent—toward paying for it.
6. An Italian court will decide whether to re-try Amanda Knox, the UW student who was acquitted of murdering her roommate in Perugia, Italy, tomorrow, the AP reports. If the court decides to re-try her, Italy will have to decide whether to attempt to extradite her to that country, and the U.S. will have to decide whether to comply with Italy's extradition request.
7. They don't believe in comprehensive sex education, but they sure do believe in shaming kids out of having sex: The Columbian reports that Republican state Rep. Ed Orcutt (R-18) has proposed a bill that would require schools that provide sex ed to teach kids about statutory rape laws in Washington state—which, for example, bars anyone under 16 from having sex with anyone over 19.
Orcutt was inspired, he said, by an episode of "20/20" that featured a 19-year-old who had sex with his girlfriend, who was 15 at the time, and "wouldn't have done it" if he'd been familiar with the law.