[Editor's note: This morning's edition of Morning Fizz comes with lots of reporting by Erica C. Barnett. The Fizz may never be the same.]
1. Jordan Royer—a former Greg Nickels staffer who gained a reputation as a nightlife and music-industry opponent when he carried water for Nickels' 2006 anti-nightlife crusade—is now trying to woo nightlife advocates to support his campaign, Royer says.
Last week, Royer met with Neumo's co-owner Jerry Everard, Red Door owner Pete Hanning, and Showbox manager Jeff Steichen to explain, Royer told PubliCola recently, that "Jordan Royer the candidate is different than Jordan Royer the mayor's staffer."
After the meeting, Hanning said the group was open to the idea of supporting Royer, but remained skeptical about his commitment to the music community's interests. "We understand he was [working for the mayor], but a lot of us are still kind of bitter about that," Hanning said. However, he noted, "it doesn't seem like any of [the candidates for Position 8] come from our industry, so [Royer] has as good a chance as anybody."
2. Sometimes it's hard not to fall for Seattle City Council Member Richard Conlin. What an adorable hippie. He's growing tomatoes in the City Hall balcony.
A recent mass email to city staffers from Conlin aide Phyllis Shulman:
I thought those of you who are interested in container gardening may want to see this set of classes Parks and Tilth are providing downtown. [See Attachments]
Also, we have our own container garden planted on the west balcony off the City Hall lobby. We are growing tomatoes and will donate them to a local food bank.
3. Whoa. I have to admit, I'm a little surprised, but there's a for real music article in the Seattle Weekly this week.
It looks like they've got a new writer there. A guy named Jonathan Cunningham (who reportedly shows up to Hidmo with sacks of fried fish to go around).
This week, Cunningham goes long on Seattle's hyper rappers, Mad Rad—like 6,000 words long. It's worth reading.
4. Due to disappearing government funding and disappointing fundraising efforts, the tenants organizing group, The Tenants Union—founded in 1977—will decide next month whether or not they have to dissolve. Setting out last March to raise $49,000 by this summer, the group has barely raised $4,000.
If you want to donate: The Tenants Union's address is 5425 B Rainier Ave S, Seattle 98118.
Their phone number is (206) 723-0500.
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