1. In the Seattle Timescity council member Jean Godden, a Seattle Storm season ticket-holder, makes the case that the potential owners of the new arena need to actually communicate with the team before doing things like announcing that they plan to move the team from KeyArena to the new arena in SoDo, as a representative of Chris Hansen's investment group did in testimony to the council last week.

Update: And, on SonicsArena.com, Hansen responds, writing: "Our position has always been that the choice of where to play is the Storm’s to make, not ours, and that we will support that decision. ... I would also point out that we do not own or control KeyArena, and are not a party to the Storm’s current lease."

Also in the Times, reporter Lynn Thompson throws a lasso around various aspects of the proposed arena deal, including how much it will cost, how it will be financed, who will pay for it, and what protections it includes for taxpayers. Also, infographics!

The Everett Herald's Jerry Cornfield has a thorough primer on the election to serve the final month of former Congressman Jay Inslee's First District seat, an election for "a seat no one expected with a field of hopefuls the state's Democratic Party boss never wanted."

Inslee, a Democrat, triggered the odd election when he resigned before the end of his term to run for governor.

3. Seattle Transit Blog has some pretty damning (and comical) examples of inaccurate passenger information from King County Metro and Sound Transit. My favorite:
In the past week I have witnessed 2 groups of transit passengers grow bewildered, frustrated, and then angry when attempting to make a simple trip. Their mistake? Listening to and/or reading official information, information that in each case was incorrect. The first case involved 4 persons wanting to get from the Paramount Theatre to the Airport. Incorrectly going down to Convention Place, they might have noticed their error if not for the following 3 announcements [paraphrased from memory], made at very frequent intervals:

  • “Please stand back and allow other passengers to exit the train before boarding; thank you for riding Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail.”

  • “Please stand behind the yellow, textured strips until the train comes to a complete stop.”

  • “Proof of payment is required prior to boarding Link Light Rail. Tickets may be purchased from the Ticket Vending Machines on the upper level.”

Of course, these announcements are completely inaccurate in every respect. These passengers were left to deduce for themselves, against all evidence to the contrary, that there are indeed no trains at Convention Place, there are no textured yellow strips to stand behind, and there are no Ticket Vending Machines on the upper level. I noticed their dilemma as they panicked at failing to find the non-existent TVMs, and finally I was able to direct them 4 blocks west to Westlake.

4. In its profiles of the respective gubernatorial candidates' formative years, the Times reports that Republican Rob McKenna’s interest in running for high office began when he was a student at UW---and a Democrat who voted for Jimmy Carter VP Walter Mondale against Ronald Reagan at the height of the Reagan revolution in 1984.