1. The PI.com has ongoing coverage of the Metro bus shooting downtown this morning, including some great photos by Josh Trujillo. (I'm sure it goes without saying, but the photo below is by me, not Trujillo.)
King County, Metro union, and SPD officials briefed the press this afternoon on the shooting, in which a rider who refused to pay his fare shot a Metro driver, fled the bus, then tried to hijack another bus before officers shot him. The driver is in the hospital with non-life-threatening wounds; the suspect is in critical condition at Harborview.
2. The Everett Herald has a useful (and sometimes surprising) rundown of the cost of initiative campaigns in Washington state over the years, going back to 1973. Keeping in mind that numbers are not adjusted for inflation, the most costly campaign was the one for Initiative 1183, which privatized liquor sales in 2012. Proponents (primarily retail giant Costco) spent more than $20 million to get 1183 passed.
The least-expensive campaign? That would be the successful campaign to defeat charter schools in 2000, when opponents spent just over $11,000. They won that battle but lost the war 12 years later, when Initiative 1240 legalized a limited charter system; proponents spent more than $11 million on that winning effort.
3. Via TechFlash, the NYT quoted Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen Sunday blaming Craigslist for destroying newspaper classifieds—thereby helping to sink the industry. (The quote was, of course, part of a longer think piece about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' acquisition of the struggling Washington Post, which, like the Seattle Times, has been owned by a single family, the Grahams, for generations.)
Craigslist CEO Craig Newmark has donated to the Poynter Institute, a contribution Blethen scoffed at. Newmark, for his part, claimed (rather credulously) that Craigslist hasn't contributed to the demise of the newspaper industry.
4. Over at CityTank, local landscape architect Brice Maryman argues that one of the biggest single reasons for Americans' ever-increasing rate of chronic disease is our lack of good infrastructure for walking—unsafe streets that lack basics like sidewalks. It's a compelling read with lots of convincing stats, but even more compelling is the picture Maryman leads with: A crumbling, sidewalk-less neighborhood road that is, he writes, only remarkable in "just how unremarkable it is."