1. City council member Richard Conlin was hit by a car yesterday while biking in Madrona; the driver U-turned in to Conlin's path and crashed into him, breaking his shoulder blade. "It's one of the better breaks to have," he says, adding that doctors tell him he should be out of his sling in about six weeks.
Conlin was riding north on 34th Ave. near his home in Madrona when he was struck; he says it's the first time he's ever been hit by a car on his bike. He says the driver "stopped and apologized" and police were quickly on the scene.
In its endorsement of avid cyclist Conlin earlier this month, the Cascade Bicycle Club said Conlin "has long supported transportation choices, including Seattle’s complete streets law. He backed the Portage Bay Bridge bike lane and has championed bike-transit connections, including investing millions of dollars for bicycle infrastructure at Northgate such as the bicycle-pedestrian bridge across I-5."
The council is set to vote this afternoon on a motion to hold legislation to expand the areas where homeless encampments like Nickelsville are allowed. Conlin is expected to be a member of a four- or five-vote bloc against the Nick Licata- and Mike O'Brien-sponsored legislation, which would allow encampments on land that isn't owned by the city or a religious institution (Jean Godden is the swing vote), so his absence today could turn any vote on either the legislation or holding the bill into a 4-4 stalemate (which is, by default, a "no" vote.) However, council staffers say he's planning to come in to work today (he missed this morning's briefings meeting.
2. After first getting schooled by NBA guard Tyreke Evans during a Jamal Crawford summer league game on Sunday at Seattle Pacific University, Mayor Mike McGinn took the ball right back up the court, dribbling to his right, cutting to his left, and dishing a dime—a no-look, two-handed bounce pass to his cutting teammate for the finish.
Evans does this for a living. Exploiting the nonexistent lateral quickness of a 53-year-old politician isn't exactly a chore.
When that public servant gets into the paint and completes a show-stopping offensive set of his own, that's news.
His point guard-esque court vision is really something to commend. If you're devoid of a true floor general (see New York Knicks), you might want to consider offering him a 10-day contract.