1. After pulling in over $1 million in contributions (mostly from out of state), the Coalition to Stop the Seattle Bag Tax got its very first campaign contribution from Seattle this week. (The campaign—they're trying to defeat a city proposal for a 20 cent fee on disposable grocery bags—has been raising money for nearly a year.)
Finally: On July 27, the anti-bag fee campaign scored a $25 donation from a guy living in Northwest Seattle.
The lopsided majority of the campaign's money ($1.3 million of it) has come from the Arlington, Virginia-based plastic lobby, the American Chemistry Council—which got the campaign rolling with a $40,000 contribution on August 8, 2008.
2. Last week, Nielsen released data on the top 30 newspaper websites for the month of June. The Seattle Times , down 5 percent from a year earlier, ranked 26th with 1.8 million unique visitors. The PI.com just made the list at #30, with 1.5 million unique visitors.
While the PI was down 21 percent, the news is actually encouraging. They had a print version to drive readers to their website a year ago. No more.
Topping the list: The New York Times , with 17 million unique readers in June. (Down a point from last year.)
3. Longtime Team Nickels starter Mike Mann was named Interim Director of the Office of Sustainability and Environment by Mayor Nickels last summer .
City Hall rumor: Nickels recently sent Mann's official confirmation as the real director to the council and now council president Richard Conlin, a bit of a sustainability and environment guru himself (and perhaps not a Mann fan) is stalling. So far, Conlin hasn't even referred Mann's confirmation to the council calendar, a routine step when the mayor sends legislation down.
4. And some book fizz from BookNerd : Local authors Brandon Scott Gorrell (during my nervous breakdown i want to have a biographer present , Muumuu House, 2009) and Matthew Simmons (A Jello Horse , Publishing Genius, 2009) will be at Pilot Books tonight, where they'll write fortunes and stuff them into yummy cookies.
5. The Post Globe reports : City Council Member Tom Rasmussen is thinking of proposing a smoking ban in public parks.
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