Morning Fizz

The Introduction of Numerous Amendments

By Morning Fizz May 14, 2010

1. The King County Council will likely vote Monday to approve a proposal by county executive Dow Constantine to put a measure on the ballot that would raise the sales tax 0.2 percent to help pay for public safety and health programs. (It needs six votes—likely the five Democrats plus Kathy Lambert—to go on to a countywide ballot).

Also likely: The introduction of numerous amendments to the proposal, including several that county council member Larry Phillips, who was outspoken against the tax just days ago, mentioned during a public hearing on the plan yesterday afternoon.

Among them: Putting a sunset provision on the sales tax, as the county does with its parks levy; attaching an "accountability" provision to the $32 million or so from the tax that will go directly to cities including Seattle; and moving the measure from the August primary-election ballot to the general, when it may have competition from other taxes, including the proposed statewide high-earners income tax and Mayor Mike McGinn's $241 million seawall bond measure.

2. Andrew Breitbart, the conservative journalist, pundit, and Tea Party speaker who rose to prominence working at at the Drudge Report (and now runs his own news aggregation site), is the keynote speaker at the King County GOP's Lincoln Day dinner at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Seattle this Saturday night.

Dino Rossi has also been invited to address the group. The event is closed to the press.

3. Despite this little bit of news (hot reporting there, Camden), Morning Fizz has a gut feeling that state Sen. Craig Pridemore (D-49, Vancouver) is going to get the Washington State Labor Council endorsement over current Democratic frontrunner Denny Heck at this weekend's big deal WSLC meeting.

We won't go as far as saying "Trust the Fizz" (because this one is going to be awful close), but our money's on Pridemore.

4. More details from the lawsuit against the city by Hugh and Martha Sisley, the landlords who were hit  with a $75,000 fine in 2007 for failing to maintain housing they own in Roosevelt: According to the couple's complaint for damages against the city, Seattle inspectors violated their civil rights by inspecting their properties against the Sisleys' wishes.

The complaint is entertaining stuff:

"Defendant City of Seattle has unilaterally, and unlawfully assessed fees against Mr. and Mrs. Sisley for 'tenant relocation expenses,' and then refused to dismiss these fees or even respond to their requests."

Tenant relocation expenses, of course, are fees the city requires landlords to pay when tenants are forced to move out of uninhabitable housing.

The lawsuit also blasts the city for installing water meters, "selectively" enforcing the city's building code, and violating the federal constitution in unspecified ways.

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