1) Yesterday's Mayor Mike McGinn jobs plan press conference featured a surprising guest: Service Employees International Union Local 775 president David Rolf, whose union (one of the major political players in the state) did not take a position in the 2009 mayor's race. (McGinn's former rival Joe Mallahan won most of the union support in 2009—thanks to McGinn's anti-tunnel position—and unions have been chilly toward McGinn ever since.)
Rolf was the only union member who appeared beside McGinn at yesterday's jobs program announcement; other supporters on the stage included members of a South Seattle Community College welding class, the president of Cascade Inc. (a camping-supply company), and a UPS store owner from Southeast Seattle.
In fact, even other union members were blindsided by Rolf's appearance: King County Labor Council president David Freiboth told PubliCola, "When I walked in and I saw David up there, I wasn't sure what his role was." Once it became clear that Rolf was speaking "on behalf of low-income health-care workers," Freiboth said, his presence made more sense; however, McGinn neither asked Freiboth to participate nor told him about Rolf's involvement in yesterday's announcement.
2) On KUOW radio's "Weekday" today at 9:00 am, host Steve Scher will talk about road diets—essentially, shrinking four-lane roads to three lanes to accommodate bike and pedestrian-safety improvement—with three opponents of road diets and one representative from the city's transportation department.
Like a recent Seattle Times story that gave the mike to opponents of a proposed road diet in Lake City, Scher's show doesn't include any road-diet advocates from bike and pedestrian advocacy or neighborhood groups.
3) The local chapter of the Sierra Club and the Washington Environmental Council sent 60-day notice of their intent to file a lawsuit in federal court asking the state to regulate the green house gas emissions at five Washington state oil refineries—including BP's Blaine refinery, Conoco Phillips Ferndale refinery, Shell Oil's Anacortes refinery, Tesoro's Anacortes refinery, and U.S. Oil's Tacoma refinery.
The letter states that the state DOE isn't living up to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that identified greenhouse gas emissions as an "air pollutant" nor to the state's own greenhouse gas rules calling for limits.
“What we have now is an opportunity to make significant reductions in our state’s output of global warming pollution,” Joan Crooks, Executive Director of Washington Environmental Council, said in a statement. “The law is clear—greenhouse gas emissions are polluting our air and right now, they’re endangering our state’s economy and people, and they need to be controlled.”
4) A PubliCola tipster tells us that a shipment of Coca-Cola products to a Canada-bound cruise ship was turned away by longshoremen in downtown Seattle yesterday afternoon because of a strike initiated by about 500 Coca-Cola employees yesterday. The workers are striking because, they say, the company wants to eliminate health care for retirees and increase the amount employees pay for health insurance.
The revelers on the cruise ship were forced to proceed without any Coke.
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