1. The Bellevue City Council remained deadlocked last night on the issue of whether to switch its preferred light-rail alignment to one that avoids the South Bellevue park-and-ride, losing potentially thousands of riders a day.  According to Seattle Transit Blog, the council couldn't reach consensus on whether to send a letter to Sound Transit expressing support for the so-called B7 alignment, which would run along old BNSF rail right-of-way as part of the so-called "Vision Line" supported by freshman council member Kevin Wallace (and frowned upon by Sound Transit and transit fans who want the line to run through downtown Bellevue).

2. Seattle City Council member Nick Licata is working on legislation that would give new enforcement authority to police who witness rowdy behavior outside nightclubs, Licata says. The still-nascent legislation would create a new civil infraction (basically, a low-level misdemeanor) for certain conduct outside clubs—a more nightlife-friendly version of the nightlife license proposed by former Mayor Greg Nickels, which was scuttled after protests by bar and nightclub owners.

3. After a KIRO-TV report showing that parking-law violators owe the city in excess of $52 million, Licata also says he's "looking into" what to do about parking scofflaws, some of whom have racked up more than $10,000 in unpaid tickets.

"I'm disturbed by the lax attitude some people have about paying these fines," Licata says. "I always pay my tickets."

4. As we noted in yesterday's report about the state House revenue proposal, to the chagrin of environmentalists, House Finance Committee Chair Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48) has proposed limiting the current sales tax exemption (worth $7.8 million in revenue) for renewable energy projects.

More bad news for greens: The environmental community's top legislative priorityraising the hazardous substance tax—was not mentioned in the House revenue proposal either.

But the House is sending mixed messages—what also happened yesterday was this: Rep. Timm Ormsby's (D-3) bill to raise the tax was queued up for a floor vote.

Ormsby's bill earmarks nearly 70 percent of the money—$225 million— to the general fund now, but dedicates the money to storm water clean up in 2015.

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