1. While the Seattle City Council is coalescing around the plan to raise heights near the planned Roosevelt light rail station, Fizz hears a pocket of neighborhood opposition is actually being stoked from inside city hall to delay the vote.
2. Speaking of rumors, the Seattle Times had a story on Saturday that unnamed property owners south of Safeco Field are talking to Mayor Mike McGinn's office about building an NBA arena.
The Times did say that Wally Walker, the former Sonic and former team president (and minority owner before Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett bought the team in 2006) is part of the mystery group. Bennett, of course, moved the team to Oklahoma City in 2008 after a court settlement crushed the city's case.
3. November fundraising numbers in the governor's race are in: Republican AG Rob McKenna, who is now prohibited from raising money until the legislature wraps up in March, raised $1.1 million in November, bringing his total raised to just more than $3 million with $2.1 million cash on hand. US Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA, 1) has raised $2.9 million total with $1.9 million on hand. Inslee only raised about $400,00 in November, and for the first time, he has fallen behind McKenna in cash on hand.
October's numbers are here.
4. Occupy Seattle is planning to March to the Port of Seattle today, where they intend to shut it down at 3pm as part of a day of planned West Coast Occupy actions in cities including L.A., San Diego, Oakland, Portland, and Tacoma. The protesters are meeting at Westlake Plaza at 1 PM.
The Seattle Times reports that the blockade does not have the support of port union leadership.
The Times reports:
Union leaders have given them an emphatic thumbs down.
"Support is one thing, organization from outside groups attempting to co-opt our struggle in order to advance a broader agenda is quite another and one that is destructive to our democratic process," wrote Robert McEllrath, the president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).
Locally, King County Labor Council Executive Secretary David Freiboth said ILWU Local 19 asked the labor council not to participate at the Port of Seattle.
"We're not supporting the shutdown, and we're not participating in it," he said.