Caffeinated News & Gossip

1. File this one under "Isn't It Weird That..."

Isn't it weird that the areas of the city where Mayor Mike McGinn announced he was rolling out a new ultra-fast broadband system correspond closely to the areas where he had the strongest margins in the 2009 election?

Those areas are concentrated in central Seattle, parts of far north Seattle, and parts of Southeast Seattle. 

Lest you suspect a conspiracy, though, McGinn spokesman Aaron Pickus says the city chose the neighborhoods based on "density, whether or not there was fiber installed aerially, the University of Washington area, traditionally underserved neighborhoods and areas where new development will be happening."

You can look at the neighborhoods the city is targeting here, and compare them to McGinn's victory map here.

McGinn made sure that popular City Council member Nick Licata, who has endorsed Steinbrueck, will be at McGinn's side.

2. Speaking of conspiracy theories: After former city council member Peter Steinbrueck announced yesterday that he's making his mayoral campaign official this morning at a 10:00 press conference outside Pike Place Market, Mayor McGinn conveniently announced late yesterday that he's holding a press conference—at the exact same time—in the International District to hype new investments in affordable housing.

And file this under "Jolt": McGinn made sure that popular City Council member Nick Licata, a longtime Steinbrueck ally who has already endorsed Steinbrueck, will be at McGinn's side.

"Mayor McGinn, Councilmember Licata to announce investments in affordable rental housing for low-income households" the McGinn press release, which went out at 5 pm, announced.

3. And here's another Jolt: State Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-32, Shoreline), one of the 13 candidates going for the appointment to fill new state Attorney General Bob Ferguson's open 1st District seat on the King County  Council, failed to win the recommendation of North Seattle's 46th District Democrats last week even after, Fizz hears, her supporters successfully insisted the group amend the rules to allow three recommendations, rather than just one or a dual nod.

Six of the 13 candidates were up for the 46th's recommendation (ultimately King County Executive Dow Constantine will send three names to the County Council, where a candidate needs five votes.)

The 46th rules were indeed amended by a motion and the three candidates that got the thumbs up from the 46th were: Land-use attorney Rod Dembowski, who got the most votes, followed by King County deputy ombudsman Chuck Sloane, and Shoreline city council member Will Hall.