1. As we reported last week, Mayor Mike McGinn will announce his "Walk, Bike, Ride" initiative this afternoon at 2 pm, at 16th Ave South and South Lander Street. A vague press release from McGinn's office yesterday did not say whether his initiative included funding for walking, transit, and bicycling infrastructure (proponents are asking for $30 million). And McGinn's spokesmen have responded to requests for information by saying the mayor would announce something if and when they decide to have an announcement.
2. Washington D.C.'s news elixir, Politico, reports that the Eastside Commercial Bank, a bank that Dino Rossi co-founded as an investor, has come under federal oversight:
Last year, the federal Comptroller of the Currency, which monitors capital ratios, declared Eastside had "engaged in unsafe and unsound banking practices relating to its strategic and capital planning, credit underwriting, credit administration, concentration risk management, and liquidity management."
3. Vote counting: King County Council member Larry Phillips seems strongly inclined to vote against a proposal by County Executive Dow Constantine (whom Phillips unsuccessfully challenged for the position) to raise the county sales tax 0.2 percent to pay for public safety and public health programs. (In fact, Phillips told us yesterday he's going to call for an audit of the Sheriff's Department instead.)
If Phillips actually does vote "no," that leaves just four definite "yes" votes—Democrats Julia Patterson, Jan Drago, Bob Ferguson, and Larry Gossett—along with two "maybes"—Republicans Reagan Dunn and Kathy Lambert. Republicans Pete von Reichbauer and Jane Hague are presumed to be voting no. The measure needs six of nine council votes to make it onto a countywide ballot.
4. Two notes on state Rep. Jaime Herrera (R-18, Clark and Cowlitz Counties), who's in the crowded field of Republicans and Democrats running for U.S. Rep. Brian Baird's (D-3) open seat.
First: The PI's blog reported yesterday (and we linked it) that Herrera was falling behind her Republican opponent, David Castillo, in right wing cred because Castillo had the support of the Tea Party and Christian conservatives like Bothel pastor Joe Fuiten of the Christian Coalition of Washington. Herrera, it turns out, has won the support of social conservatives as well. She's been endorsed by the Human Life PAC of Washington and former right wing star Linda Smith, the anti-choice Republican who represented the 3rd Congressional District from 1995 to 1999, before Baird held the seat.
Second: Last week Herrera blasted the top Democrat in the race, Denny Heck, on her Twitter account for his labor support. (Last week Heck was endorsed by the IBEW and the machinist union.)
But here's what Herrera told The Columbian, which noted some of her bipartisan stats, in November 2007 after she was elected to the state legislature
The sister of a would-be electrician, she said she would "work to be a friend" to organized labor.
5. Speaking of labor endorsements, here's one we missed: Marcee Stone, a candidate in the hotly contested (Democratic) primary got the sole recommendation of the King County Labor Council last week.
Meanwhile, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union 21—which endorsed Democrat Joe Fitzgibbon in the 34th race yesterday—reports that Mike Heavey, another Democrat running for the seat, didn't fill out their candidate questionnaire. (Both Fitzgibbon, obviously, and Stone did.)
The 34th District itself will make its endorsements on Wednesday night.
6. David Frockt, a Democrat who's challenging longtime Democratic state Sen. Ken Jacobsen in north Seattle's 46th District, managed to split the UFCW 21 endorsement with the 28-year incumbent.
7. The Slog reports that former Seattle City Council Member Judy Nicastro is working on an initiative to create a stadium district to bring NBA basketball back to the Seattle area.
8. In what reads a bit like a coded message to Mayor Mike McGinn, City Council member Richard Conlin's newsletter concludes with this "Deep Thought," by Plato:
In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or state. When we are ill ... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.