1. About 200 people showed up to a community meeting at the Lake City Community Center last night to take up a city proposal backed by the mayor and the council to convert an abandoned Lake City fire station into a permanent homeless shelter.



Council members Nick Licata—a lead sponsor of the plan—and Council member Mike O'Brien along with Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith were on hand to bear the brunt of the largely hostile crowd, many of whom were bused in by the Senior Housing Assistance Group to oppose the plan.

One commenter from SHAG referred to the homeless as "garbage" and the crowd heckled a pro encampment speaker form the Union Gospel Mission, demanding that he stop speaking.

2. Today, the city's Department of Planning and Development will send the city council legislation that would allow the owners of historic buildings in the Pike/Pine corridor to sell off development rights to nearby developers, allowing them to preserve historic buildings without losing the money they could make from demolishing and redeveloping them as new apartments or condos.

The program, known as "transfer of development potential," would allow "receiving projects" (development projects outside the designated Pike/Pine Conservation Core) to be as much as 25 percent larger than zoning allows, up to 65 feet.

3. In a letter to city council member Tom Rasmussen (who directed the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens before his election in 2003), a board member of the Puget Sound Association of Retired Americans expressed her disappointment over a recent meeting her group had with Mayor Mike McGinn to discuss his decision to place Pam Piering, director of the city's office of Aging and Disability Services, on administrative leave. Piering, along with two other ADS staffers, was put on leave pending an investigation into charges that she failed to listen to whistleblower complaints charging misappropriation of city funds by a nonprofit agency, Senior Services.

The board member, Mary Anderson, wrote that McGinn didn't seem prepared for the meeting and failed to answer their list of prepared questions.
The Mayor did not answer the questions, was vague about his understanding of the needs of elders, and did not have a coherent vision on aging. He did not come prepared to speak to elders though that was his audience. Though charming he was disappointing. ... Morale is very low at ADS and the dismantling continues. Toxic leadership seems to win over substance and we are worried about the long term effects on the services for elders.

Rasmussen's response: "Wow, very disappointing indeed!" McGinn is expected to make an announcement about the future of ADS and Piering sometime this month.

4. Another stat on the opening round fundraising numbers from Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna (something we've been a bit obsessed about): McKenna, evidently, has a bigger fan base among CEOs, bringing in $44,125 from 48 top executives compared to Inslee's $12,025 from 11 (plus two nonprofit heads).
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