1. Yesterday, we reported on ex-city council member Peter Steinbrueck'sefforts to fight a proposed upzone in South Lake Union; today, CityTank's Dan Bertolet offers his take:

"The proposed South Lake Union rezone is the product of over five years of public meetings, citizen engagement, planning, analysis, environmental review, and painstaking revision, and is now finally in front of City Council. But for some, that exceedingly thoughtful process is still not enough, the typical, overblown fear tactics of the naysayers well exemplified in former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck’s recent 'REZONE-ON-STEROIDS' Facebook barrage."

Have your say on the controversial project at tonight's public hearing: 5:30 at City Hall, 600 4th Ave.

2. Starbucks announces its Seattle's Best Coffee chain is launching a new chain of mini-cafes in Red America featuring real coffee, for Real Americans: The kind who live in the suburbs, "work multiple jobs," and don't have even two seconds "noodle over whether they want one shot of espresso or two." Don't drive? Don't bother. These shops will all be drive-through-only, the Seattle Times reports.

3. The Seattle Times' editorial blog says Washington State Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-5) should be elected to head the House Republican Party, arguing that she'll "paint a more attractive face on a party struggling with gender and age gaps."

Apparently they've forgotten about that time when she declared the "War on Women" a "myth" and said Democrats' attention to issues like abortion and birth control were attempts to distract women from "real" issues. Or the time that she said the Republican Party doesn't need to become more "moderate." 

4. The city has agreed to shut down construction of the voter-approved seawall for three months to give tourists better access to the waterfront during the summer. But that isn't enough for some waterfront merchants, who say they're "livid" that the project won't be shut down through the end of September, the Times reports.  

5. The Everett Herald reports that a new study shows toll lanes on SR-167 and I-405 aren't likely to produce as much revenue as originally projected. One of the problems? Too many people are expected to carpool, giving them free access to the lanes—more evidence that people are able to adapt to changing circumstances, even when it comes to driving. 

6. In a preview of what Seattle residents interested in the proposed Cherry Point coal terminal in Bellingham can expect from the rescheduled public hearing on December 13, Crosscut reports that coal train hearings in Bellingham and the San Juan Islands have been packed with opponents of the proposal to run as many as 18 1.5-mile coal trains through Washington State (and Seattle) every day.