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1. KIRO TV reports that new SDOT director Scott Kubly has "few specific plans" for Seattle. ... Well, that may depend on what consider "specific."

KIRO's reporter asked Kubly about three issues: Timing traffic lights so people can drive faster, potholes, and snowplows, as opposed to the things Kubly identified at his first confirmation hearing as his top priorities—namely, making it easier for people to get around the city without driving cars.

I guess green urbanism isn't as prime time-ready as complaining about potholes, car traffic, and snow.

2. The Seattle Times' Danny Westneat has a gotcha on the state department of transportation, titled "$8,346.82! Beware the cost of crossing the 520 toll bridge." It's a followup on his piece earlier this week complaining about being fined $40 by the state for not paying his toll (Westneat said he thought he had paid, but it went to an account linked to a former license-plate number due to a problem with WSDOT's billing system.) 

I guess the moral of this story is, if you're going to cross the bridge, buy a Good to Go pass and make sure it's working. 

He said he's heard from "scores" of readers charged for bills they never received or when there "was some glitch" in the billing system—including one who was charged an $8,346 fine for unpaid tolls of about $800. Yeah, that seems a little out of proportion. One guy was charged a fine of more than $11,000 for tolls that, he said, went unpaid because the bills were going to his parents, who threw them out.

I guess the moral of this story is, if you're going to cross the bridge, buy a Good to Go pass and make sure it's working. 

3. Over at Human Transit, in response to the news that L.A. will no longer charge bus riders extra for transfers, Jared Walker has the clearest explanation I've seen yet of why public-transit riders shouldn't have to pay to transfer from one bus to another. 

"Charging passengers extra for the inconvenience of connections," he writes, "is insane. It discourages exactly the customer behavior that efficient and liberating networks depend on.  It undermines the whole notion of a transit network. It also gives customers a reason to object to network redesigns that deliver both greater efficiency and greater liberty, because by imposing a connection on their trip it has also raised their fare. ... An efficient and liberating network requires connections, so penalizing connections is an attack on your network's efficiency."

4. KING-5's Chris Daniels had the news yesterday (exciting news for hockey fans) that another California zillionaire, Hudson Pacific Properties CEO Victor Coleman—a native Canadian who now lives in L.A.—wants to pair up with billionaire San Francisco hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen and bring an NHL team to Seattle.

Hansen, whose deal to build an NBA stadium in SoDo fell through when he failed to secure a team, has said he only wants to buy a basketball franchise. Daniels reports that Coleman has met face to face with Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine, and met with Hansen directly a couple of weeks ago. 

5. The Seattle Housing Authority is trying to draw a major tech firm to Yesler Terrace, where a four-acre parcel could be developed into 900,000 square feet of office space and 100,000 square feet of retail, Geekwirereports. Stan Snow of Kidder Matthews, which is working with SHA to sell the property, estimates it will go for about $35 a square foot, or about half of what big tech companies would pay for a similar property in San Francisco.

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