1. Yesterday afternoon's sendoff for Dwight Dively—the city of Seattle's longtime finance director who defected to King County after being demoted from heading up the city budget by Mayor Mike McGinn—was packed, funny, and frequently tearful.

A couple hundred current and former city staffers, including former council members Richard McIver and Tina Podlodowski, former neighborhoods department director Jim Diers, Ethics and Elections Commission director Wayne Barnett, former mayor Norm Rice, former mayor Greg Nickels' wife Sharon Nickels, and former deputy mayor Tim Ceis, gathered at Benaroya Hall to say goodbye to the popular budget guru. (Notably absent: The members of McGinn's staff, with the exception of deputy mayor Phil Fujii.)



The crowd at Dively's sendoff.

Some highlights:

Rice: "When [King County Executive] Dow Constantine asked me, 'What do you think of Dwight?', I told him, 'He’s the best guy you could ever have.'"

Gerry Johnson, from the law firm K&L Gates: "There has been a revolving door of so-called 'deciders' at the city, but there has only been one dealmaker, and that is Dwight Dively."

Former deputy mayor Tim Ceis: "A lot of people have been talking lately about transition. Having had a lot of experience with transitions myself, I'd have to say that overall, I'm pretty hopeful." Long pause. "I think Dow Constantine's doing a great job."

Ceis again: "I think Dwight realized that he was going to get 'promoted' one more time and he was going to be running the coffee cart at City Hall."

Dively's assistant of nearly 15 years, Lisa Peyer: "He made this Jewish girl from New York believe something she never, ever thought possible, and that is that there really is someone who walks on water." Peyer, who spent the last several weeks collecting contributions from Dively's colleagues and devotees, presented him with a pile of gifts, including a $750 gift certificate to Per Se in New York.

All nine members of the city council, along with former mayor Greg Nickels, signed proclamations declaring March 4, 2010 Dwight Dively Day in Seattle. Dively starts at King County on March 8.

2. Amid all this year's talk of tax increases in Olympia, one bill, sponsored by Medina Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48), actually contains a tax cut for Microsoft and a few other large technology companies. The bill exempts data centers from the state sales tax.

3. On KUOW (94.9 FM) yesterday morning, council members Sally Clark and Richard Conlin both came out in favor of staggered closing hours for bars, an idea PubliCola's BarNerd, David Meinert, has been advocating.

4. King County Council member Jan Drago, a former city council member and unsuccessful mayoral candidate, sent a letter to Mayor McGinn last month questioning his plan to put the annexation of White Center on the November ballot this year and accusing him of failing to inform the county council of his intentions. (Drago represents White Center).

In the letter, Drago writes that she supports McGinn's plan in theory, but "need[s] to know more about the City's plans and strategy for getting the issue on the ballot. ... My office has already received numerous calls and emails from residents not familiar with your intentions, and both County and City representatives will need to provide the same clear and concise information to the public as this process moves forward."

5. NOTE: This item has been corrected. Originally, it stated that the 34th District, not the 37th, was considering the resolution.

Two Democratic district organizations, representing the 43rd District (Capitol Hill, the University District, Wallingford) and the 37th (Southeast Seattle, Renton) may approve resolutions supporting a six-lane 520 bridge with light rail later this month. The transit-heavy proposal has the support of all three 43rd District representatives in the state legislature, as well as Mayor McGinn and City Council member Mike O'Brien.