1. At a press briefing yesterday, Mayor Mike McGinn brought up concerns about the size of the performance bond the state will require the deep-bore tunnel contractor to obtain. McGinn, like council member Mike O'Brien, argues that the bond—essentially an assurance to the state that the contractor will pay up if it defaults on the project—was reduced in size to make the tunnel more appealing to contractors.
However, McGinn said he would not stand in the way if the council decided to sign an agreement with the state that does not explicitly protect Seattle from cost overruns. "As the mayor, it’s my job to execute the laws," McGinn said. "It’s not my job to be coming up with legal strategies. I've got to follow the policy direction that we adopt."
2. Dino Rossi will be making a public appearance at the 28th District Republican state House candidate forum tonight in Tacoma.
3. Seattle's cottage housing mini-boom (several dozen built so far) made USA Today yesterday (front page, above the fold), in a long story headlined "Seattle's backyard cottages make a dent in housing need."
"Backyard cottages are a promising way to address the need for affordable housing without diminishing the character of urban neighborhoods, and they're creating more options for families who want to live near an elderly parent or adult child," the story, which is largely favorable to cottage housing, reported.
Read Erica's take on cottage housing here.
4. Seattle city council member Mike O'Brien (who has replaced the campaign lawn sign that used to flap on the back of his mountain bike with a "No Drilling" Sierra Club sign) is part of two city council teams locked in what a council aide described as a "neck-and-neck" Bike to Work Month competition with McGinn's office.
The three teams are competing to see who can log the most miles biking to and from work during May.
5. Note to Dino Rossi: You're supposed to line up your twitter followers in advance of your kick off. As of this morning—475 followers?
For a sense of how this works: Pat Toomey, the Republican going after Arlen Specter's old seat in Pennsylvania has 4,582 followers, Rand Paul has 2,500 followers, and heck even Seattle Tea Party progenitor Keli Carendar has over 500.
Oh, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is a prolific but inscrutable twitterer. He has 18,723 followers.
6. Note to Clint Didier: Sarah Palin may be losing her touch.