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On Other Blogs Today: Ethics Complaints, Jobs Plans, and Arena Votes

By Erica C. Barnett September 25, 2012



1. The PI.com reports that King County Sheriff Steve Strachan is the subject of an ethics complaint after appearing in his official uniform both at a Republican Party picnic and on his campaign Facebook and web pages.

2. CBS Sports, basing its reporting on a tweet from KJR's Ian Furness, has the news that the Edmonton Oilers hockey team were apparently in town Monday checking out KeyArena and "evaluating the market."

3. The Tacoma News Tribune explains the differences between gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee's and Rob McKenna's proposals to create jobs.

4, On his blog, city council member Nick Licata explains his vote against the arena. Key quote: "What some citizens see is that those who have a lot of money are using public resources to make even more money. They see someone purchase private land and in a couple of years get the city to buy it from him for double the price he purchased it for.  It strikes them as wrong."
5. The National Organization for Marriage has finally made good on its threat to spend big to defeat marriage equality in Washington State, contributing $250,000 to Protect Marriage Washington. However, the Everett Herald notes, that number is dwarfed by contributions on the pro-marriage side, such as $2.5 million from Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos.

6. Seattle Transit Blog points out another flaw in Solid Ground's free downtown circulator buses, which will start running every 30 minutes between 7 am and 4 pm after the Ride-Free Area ends September 29: The proposal, meant to serve low-income people who need access to downtown and First Hill health and social services, does not include schedules, and the locations of stops are subject to change.

7. Going further than a proposal to allow micro-apartments in New York City one better, the city of San Francisco has proposed allowing apartments as small as 220 square feet; the apartments would rent for between $1,200 and $1,500, the Washington Post reports.
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