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1. Want to know what Richard Hedreen's proposed downtown mega-hotel (the biggest in Seattle) will look like? The Puget Sound Business Journal has renderings of the monolithic-looking proposal, which would be built on the site of the current Greyhound bus terminal.

UNITE HERE Local 8, the hotel workers' union, opposes the hotel because Hedreen has refused to agree to pay union wages; Mayor Mike McGinn, whom the union has endorsed, has said he'll consider wages as a factor, like he's already done with Whole Foods in West Seattle, when deciding whether to recommend an alley vacation to allow the new hotel.

Hedreen has contributed $10,000 to the Seattle Chamber of Commerce's political arm, the Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy, which is funding an independent expenditure campaign on behalf of McGinn's opponent, state Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill). 

 

2. Seattle Transit Blog does the gender breakdown on transit users, and concludes, not surprisingly, that more women are riding buses than men—but that men predominate, overall, among the "alternative" commute methods because they're more than twice as likely to ride bikes than women—5.6 percent of men reported commuting by bike, compared to just 2.5 percent of women. 

Interestingly, the piece (by a man) points out something that has irked me for a long time about transit coverage (and transportation coverage in general): It's largely written by, and for, dudes.

"Considering women dominate Seattle’s transit scene, it’s strange that we’re missing out on the female perspective or even a female voice," STB writes.

"Considering women dominate Seattle’s transit scene, it’s strange that we’re missing out on the female perspective or even a female voice," STB writes.

Kudos to STB for noticing (Name It, Change It, indeed!) and I'd love to see them add some transit-obsessed ladies to their writers' mix. 

3. Five members of the Washington state delegation will forgo their paychecks during the Republican-instigated federal government shutdown, the AP reports; they include Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-WA, 6) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1), both Democrats, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA, 5), Doc Hastings (R-WA, 4), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA, 3), all Republicans. (Herrerea Beutler plans to give her pay to charity.)

4. Meanwhile, DelBene, who's serving her first term in Congress, is helping to lead the effort in the House to adopt comprehensive immigration reform, according to Politico.

House Democrats plan to release their immigration-reform bill tomorrow; according to DelBene spokesman Viet Shelton, DelBene is "on the Judiciary committee, has been working the issue tirelessly in her district and is being recognized for her background in business, the significant agriculture in her district and the northern border she represents."

Shelton says tomorrow's press announcement "should be a good one."

 

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