Morning Fizz

"Hard to Believe Anyone Could Fuck Up a Great Business Like Ours So Fast and So Completely."

By Morning Fizz July 11, 2012

Caffeinated News & Gossip. Your daily morning Fizz.



1. City council transportation committee chair Tom Rasmussen says he's "definitely concerned" about the impact a new arena would have on parking downtown and to the north of Pioneer Square, where the city plans to impose new parking time restrictions on Sundays as part of mitigation for the parking that will be lost during tunnel construction.

Already, he noted at yesterday's committee meeting, 90 percent of the parking downtown is routinely full on Sundays, "whether there's a Mariners game or not."

Add the arena into the mix, Rasmussen says, and the parking crush is only going to get worse. "Any major attraction that’s going to draw people is going to have an impact on parking further north" of the arena, which would be in SoDo. "People may come early, they may dine and give themselves 45 minutes to walk to the arena. There isn’t a lot of capacity."[pullquote]Earlier this week McKenna blamed the "Seattle media" for getting it wrong.  This morning his camp was questioning the Yakima media.[/pullquote]

Rasmussen says the city will have to do a much more thorough traffic and parking analysis than the one funded by prospective arena investor Chris Hansen, which he says was "very, very sketchy---very rushed."

2. King County Council member Pete von Reichbauer---who previously suggested that the proposed new arena should go to a public vote---took the unusual step earlier this week of filing a public records request with his own county prosecutor, Dan Satterberg.

The request demands that Satterberg provide von Reichbauer with the number of hours attorneys in his office have spent on the arena proposal so far, the value of those hours, and the number and value of hours he expects to spend on inside and outside council in the future. Von Reichbauer has not responded to a request for comment on the arena.

3. Earlier this week McKenna blamed the "Seattle media" for getting it wrong.  This morning it was the Yakima media.

Here's the deal: When an attendee at a Yakima Chamber of Commerce luncheon this week accused McKenna of changing his position on Obamacare, McKenna blamed the "Seattle media" for misinterpreting his remarks at his June 28 press conference after the US Supreme Court decision. McKenna had told the Seattle press he didn't support repeal.

In Yakima, he made it clear that his position hadn't changed. McKenna says he's never been for total repeal (he supports some aspects of the law such as the exchanges), he's just against the mandate, which he believes is unconstitutional. (Of course, the US Supreme Court ruled that the mandate is all-American policy.)

When the Democrats raised a stink yesterday that McKenna was saying one thing in Seattle and another in Yakima, his campaign spokesman Charles McCray told PubliCola there was no contradiction between McKenna's statements. "No need for confusion," McCray said, "Rob's position has not changed.  He is not advocating for full repeal."

But wait. If there's no discrepancy between McKenna's comments in Seattle and Yakima, than what does McKenna think the "Seattle media" misinterpreted?

As Mike Faulk at the Yakima Herald-Republic reported:
Speaking to the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce in Yakima on Monday, McKenna said the reports were a misinterpretation by "Seattle media" and that his position on the Affordable Care Act hasn't changed.

McKenna can't have it both ways. If he didn't say anything in Seattle that contradicted what he said in Yakima, what's McKenna's specific beef with the report on his comments in Seattle? (What he said in Seattle is on tape, by the way. Asked if he supported repeal, he said "no.")

Fizz asked McCray to clarify, and once again, it's time to blame the media. And not the big city (read "liberal") media this time. Nope. The fault lies with Yakima's Faulk evidently.

Me: "If there's no contradiction (and I hear you): What part did the "Seattle media" misinterpret?"

McCray : "I'm still waiting to see video of the exchange, but I believe that is a term Faulk used, not Rob."

4. Retiring Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson (D-36, Ballard) meant business after she endorsed Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton in the hotly contested race for Dickerson's open seat. Dickerson donated $200 worth of yard stakes, presumably from her own years campaigning for the seat, to Tarleton's campaign, according to Tarleton's campaign finance reports.

5. Earlier this month, the business press reported on Microsoft's disappointment in aQuantive, an internet firm it bought from aQuantive founder Nick Hanauer in 2007.
Microsoft said on Monday that it is taking a $6.2 billion non-cash charge to account for its disappointing 2007 acquisition of Internet advertising firm aQuantive. That’s a huge charge — but even more significant when one considers what Microsoft paid for aQuantive: $6.3 billion.

Hanaeur, who's never shy about expressing his opinions (you'll remember he caused a ruckus when—as a prominent Democratic donor—he criticized Jay Inslee on education policy and then as a follow-up caused a fuss at TED for talking about income equality), had this to say on his Facebook page when the aQuantive news broke:

"Hard to believe anyone could fuck up a great business like ours so fast and so completely."
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