1. Former Mike McGinn deputy mayor and Vulcan executive Phil Fujii along with Downtown Seattle Association VP Jon Scholes are among a small crew holding a meet-and-greet McGinn fundraiser after work today at a tea house in the International District for the mayor's core base—what Fizz would call the Sightline/Seattle Transit Blog/urban planning crowd. The suggested contribution is $250-$150.
It may not seem surprising that this group—urbanists who see dense, transit/pedestrian/bike-friendly cities as a righteous political ideology—is supporting McGinn. But it's actually an important moment for McGinn as the post-Memorial Day dash to the August 6 primary begins in earnest. McGinn's tumultuous first term had threatened to alienate his base, and for a moment, it wasn't a sure bet he'd hold on to his core constituency. However, with prompt endorsements from the Sierra Club and the Cascade Bicycle Club, as well as from Sightline executive director Alan Durning, it started to become clear that his base was returning.
"And, flawed as my friend Mike McGinn is (no more flawed than I am!), he is our Mike McGinn. He’s a relentless fighter for a Seattle that moves beyond carbon."
Tonight, then, is a homecoming of sorts for McGinn, albeit evidently a bittersweet one. Check out the email (most notably the last line) Durning sent around last week to a long list of local urbanists including people like sustainable developer (and author of Carbon Efficient City) A-P Hurd (her consulting firm is also sponsoring the event), green architect Liz Dunn, Futurewise attorney Tim Trohimovich, and Sightline policy director Eric de Place:
I have also endorsed the mayor and am supporting his candidacy. I encourage you to do the same.
Why? Because something like seven Keystone XL pipelines worth of coal and tar sands carbon fuels are heading toward the NW and Mike McGinn has been a fierce opponent of coal shipments through Seattle and export terminals and the rest of it.
Because Mike McGinn was the first mayor in the country to suggest divesting city funds from fossil fuels.
Because Dan [Bertolet] and Cary [Moon] and Mike McGinn and I – apologies to those of you I don’t know who may not share my views -- were 100% right on the insanity of excavating an astronomically expensive highway under downtown Seattle when the Maldives are about to get inundated, and they were 100% wrong, and every other major candidate is one of them.
We don’t have time anymore, not here in the Emerald City.
And, flawed as my friend Mike McGinn is (no more flawed than I am!), he is our Mike McGinn. He’s a relentless fighter for a Seattle that moves beyond carbon.
2. To avoid a lawsuit, the Seattle Police Department has signed a settlement agreement with the Seattle Times acknowledging that they broke state public records request law when they withheld an internal memo about the deparmtment's response to 2012's May Day protests after the paper filed a disclosure request for the damning document.
The SPD has also agreed to pay the Times $20,000.
3. Tonight at 6:00 at the Jewel Box Theater in Belltown (the back room at the Rendezvous), PubliCola is hosting a discussion—moderated by Q13 TV's C.R. Douglas—on development and density, focusing on microhousing.
On our ThinkTank panel: Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen, who considered proposing a moratorium aPodments; Diane Sugimura, Seattle's Department of Development Director who oversees the city's zoning and planning policies; Bill Bradburd, an outspoken neighborhood activist who opposes aPodments; and Roger Valdez, a microhousing proponent and density evangelist with Smart Growth Seattle.