1. Seattle Times writer Jonathan Martin reports that mayoral candidate Ed Murray thinks completing the "Missing Link" of the Burke-Gilman Trail through Ballard is "potentially dangerous" and should be studied some more.
The Missing Link, which stretches 21 blocks from east of the the Ballard Bridge to the Ballard Locks, has been through more than seven years of city studies, making it perhaps the most examined stretch of bike path in city history.
Nonetheless, Martin reports, Murray thinks we should put it through more process, on account of objections from a handful of maritime and industrial businesses who think their trucks may run into cyclists when driving across the path. Instead, they want cyclists to detour several blocks out of their way.
Contacted today, Murray's campaign spokesman Sandeep Kaushik tells PubliCola Murray simply wants the city to "take another look at" the Missing Link proposal by doing a formal Environmental Impact Statement, which is currently underway.
2. Meanwhile, here's the Cascade Bicycle Club's take on the Missing Link and why it needs to be completed: "The Missing Link is one of the most dangerous areas for bicyclists in the city. Because of the dangerous conditions on Shilshole & 45th, a bicyclist goes to the ER every month. Many more are injured."
3. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA, 5) isn't backing down on her opposition to Obamacare, the Spokesman-Review reports: She's determined to maintain the federal government shutdown until Democrats agree to go back to the "negotiating table" over health-care reform—a law passed by Congress that has nothing to do with the federal budget.
Nice party you've got there, guys.
4. Here's an under-covered story from the Rainier Valley Post: Under a new busing plan proposed by Seattle Public Schools, more than two-thirds of Beacon Hill students will be moved out of their "walk zones," the area in which a student can walk to his or her neighborhood school, and instead bused to faraway schools in other neighborhoods.
All of the schools on Beacon Hill that are losing their walk zones are Title 1 schools, the lowest-income level of school. Tomorrow, incidentally, is International Walk to School Day.
5. Former secretary of state Sam Reed and former state auditor Brian Sonntag—also former besties with initiative machine Tim Eyman, who broadened Sonntag's powers with his 2005 initiative, I-900—co-wrote an op/ed in the Seattle Times today blasting Eyman's latest effort at expanding his own power. Eyman's I-517, which would give initiative supporters more time to gather signatures and vastly expand the ability of paid signature gatherers to operate unrestricted in any public place in the state.
If I-517 passes, Reed and Sonntag write, "community institutions such as schools, libraries, hospitals, even high-school-sports stadiums and fields lose all rights to regulate signature gathering inside the premises. Venues such as Safeco Field, CenturyLink Field, convention centers and public fairs would also be affected."