Caffeinated News & Gossip

1. City Council member Tim Burgess, who announced last week that he's running against Mayor Mike McGinn, sent out a fundraising letter to supporters this week that gives a first look at his 2013 campaign themes. He states: (underlines his), "I will listen, build strong relationships and provide the leadership we need to get things done."

So, while the letter mostly avoids talking about McGinn, he makes it clear that McGinn's style will be a focus.  "It's time for new leadership that focuses on bringing people together," he writes, "and building a stronger and healthier community for all." And he specifically criticized what he called the "my way or the highway" approach.

The letter does goes on to talk about Burgess' own work for police accountability, in defense of young girls coerced into prostitution, and on behalf of city funding for the Nurse-Family Partnership, a public health program for first-time, low-income moms.

2. Speaking of the pending 2013 scrum for mayor, here's what former Seattle City Council member Peter Steinbrueck, presumed to be on the list of candidates, says on the Facebook page that's up urging him to run:

I am truly grateful for your interest and encouragement in my running for mayor Seattle. It is humbling, and something I have been thinking seriously about for some time. I do not take this lightly. If I do decide enter the race, it will be with my fullest commitment, energy, and sense of purpose. There are many challenges ahead-- I will need your full support!

Meanwhile, on Steinbrueck's own FB page, he's putting the spotlight on McGinn's proposal to upzone South Lake Union (from 125 foot limits to 400 feet limits in some areas).

On his page, Steinbrueck calls the plan the "rezone on steroids," and asks (a couple of times)  "is Seattle losing its soul?"


That's his dad's 1962 book, Seattle Cityscape

Just to be clear, Joey Dee and the Starliters "Peppermint Twist, Part 1" and Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl" were on the top of the charts in 1962.

3. Fizz would like to update its reporting on newly minted state senate Republican caucus leader Mark Schoesler's government subsidies.

As we reported last week, Schoesler received $120,000 in federal subsidies for his farm in Ritzville between 1995 and 2011. Fizz's estimated subsidy, however, turns out to have been significantly less than Schoesler and his companies, Schoesler Farms and MGS Ag Inc, received from the government during the past decade. That total: $2.15 million between 1995 and 2011, according to records maintained by the Environmental Working Group.

That subsidies go to the same state legislator who runs a web site titled, "Watching Your Tax Dollars," aimed at eliminating government waste such as unnecessary subsidies for business.

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