1. Longtime Bellevue city council member Don Davidson, a member of the council's conservative, anti-light-rail bloc, conceded the primary election today, Bellevue Patch reports.
Davidson, part of a four-member council majority backed by Bellevue megadeveloper Kemper Freeman, was first elected in 1984.
The two candidates who will advance to the general are both progressive women: Lynne Robinson, a member of the Bellevue parks board, and Vandana Slatter, a pharmacist for Amgen whose largely self-financed primary campaign was the most expensive in Bellevue's history.
2. Fortune magazine, predicting that Jeff Bezos is "certain to begin imposing his standards and beliefs" on the Washington Post, which he purchased last week for $250 million, argues that "it's time" for the Amazon CEO to disclose his politics.
In general, Bezos' politics aren't exactly a mystery: He's a socially progressive libertarian. (He contributed $2.5 million to last year's pro gay marriage measure.)
What that means in practice, though—and how it will influence the Post's coverage, if at all—is anybody's guess: Bezos ignored calls from Fortune, and even refused to respond to questions from reporters at his new acquisition.
3. Crosscut's Eric Scigliano has a piece today highlighting a problem that's been going on since the last version of the Seattle Bike Master Plan, which I wrote about seven years ago—most of the significant improvements it proposes are in the affluent North End, not the lower-income South End.
"Seattle’s bicycle-route development so far has conspicuously favored prosperous, mostly white central and near-North End neighborhoods at the expense of less affluent neighborhoods with large immigrant and other minority populations in the northeast, southwest and especially southeast corners of the city," Scigliano writes. Instead of fancy cycletracks and less-fancy bike lanes, Southeast Seattle has gotten mostly sharrows—lane markings that tell cyclists and drivers that they should share the road.
4. Over at Nosh Pit, Seattle Met's food blog, Shelly Le reports on a new smartphone app that hooks up people who have extra food with people who want to eat their leftovers. Josh is into it—he wrote the Fizz item this morning praising the app—but I'm skeptical.In addition to orchestrating the nation's financial collapse, Summers is famous for saying that women are inherently inferior to men at math and science.
First, I don't particularly want to (as Shelly colorfully put it) "swap spit with strangers." But second, and more importantly, the idea that a smartphone app can help combat hunger ("There is hunger in the United States," one of the app's designers told the Huffington Post by way of explaining the need for the app) is ludicrous.
It's the height of bourgeois condescension to suggest that hungry people can just download an app (on their $500 smartphone, presumably) and—voila—problem solved.
This app reminds me a lot of the "suspended coffee" meme. Remember that? Pay for an extra coffee at Starbucks, and someone who can't afford to buy coffee will get a drink for free. How many people who can't afford coffee are standing in line at Starbucks? How many truly needy people own smartphones and have access to information about the latest app? If I lacked the money to pay for food (and I have), I'd rather have a well-stocked food bank than somebody's half-eaten leftover pizza.
5. The PI.com reports that U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) has said that former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, the architect of the financial deregulation that led to the banking collapse, the subsequent buyout, and the Great Recession, needs to do a serious "mea culpa" if he wants to be head of the Federal Reserve. President Obama reportedly favors Summers over Fed vice-chair Janet Yellen, who, in the unlikely case that she wins the appointment, would be the first female Fed chair ever.
In addition to orchestrating the nation's financial collapse, Summers is famous for saying that women are inherently inferior to men at math and science.