1. As Mayor Ed Murray's income inequality advisory group continues to debate the best way to reach a $15 minimum wage in Seattle—and whether some businesses, such as small businesses and restaurants, should be exempt from some of the provisions—at least one bar owner says that the most vocal proponent of a full-fledged $15 minimum, city council member Kshama Sawant, has shown little interest in discussing the bar industry's preferred compromise proposals.
Small businessman Andrew Friedman, the owner of the Liberty bar on Capitol Hill, was interested in meeting with Sawant. But he says, after hearing from others who have met with her who believe her meetings with them were purely for show, says he has stopped seeking a meeting with Sawant, a former economics instructor at Seattle Central Community College who strikes him as a "nice person who does not understand or care to understand the micro-economics [on] which she professes to be an expert."
2. The City Council declared this past Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Adam Sekuler Day.
Sekuler was the program director at Capitol Hill's Northwest Film Forum from 2006 to 2013 where he established the scrappy 12th Ave. nonprofit as a local (and national) Mecca of relevant, challenging, and must-see independent movies.
Reflecting on Seattle's electric DIY indie arts scene.
And, according to the City Council's proclamation of Adam Sekuler Day, which the Council's culture committee chair, Council Member Nick Licata read (go to the 5:54 mark), Sekuler, who also programmed film clip screenings at the council's culture committee meetings, "integrated Seattle filmmakers, their works, and their ideas into the everyday workings of this legislative body and ... elevat[ed] the experience of both democracy and independent cinema."
Sekuler was recognized at Wednesday's culture committee meeting, where he showed a clip from his upcoming film "Work in Progress"—a timely meditation in the context of the minimum wage campaign shot in two-minute segments of individual workers doing their jobs during the workday (go to the 3:40 mark).
Full disclosure: PubliCola (which used to publish a weekly FilmNerd column in our unhinged early days), loves the Northwest Film Forum (they hosted our mayoral candidates at the movies program last year), and we can't think of a better person for the City Council to recognize than Sekuler, whose mom came from Florida for the event, when reflecting on this city's electric DIY indie arts scene.