1. Mayor Mike McGinn's supporters are hoping to lower expectations in the runup to tonight's mayoral primary, which will include a single "drop" of votes around 8pm: They're predicting that McGinn will come in third or, possibly, fourth (behind state Sen. Ed Murray, former city council member Peter Steinbrueck, and potentially City Council member Bruce Harrell), but then pull ahead into second place behind Murray when more votes are counted.
"We don't think he'll be in the top two tonight," McGinn consultant John Wyble told PubliCola.
2. The last week's mayoral money counts are in, and once again, Murray is far ahead of the rest of the pack. In the past week, Murray raised $34,717; McGinn has brought in around $18,000 (they haven't officially reported yet); Steinbrueck brought in $12,920; and Harrell raised $10,800.
Trying to divine momentum out of these numbers isn't hard: Murray has it. And, in fact, McGinn does too: $18,000 would be his biggest weekly haul to date.
3. In the most symbolic campaign event of the season, Steinbreuck held a campaign event yesterday at the South Lake Union Whole Foods—a potent symbol of the debate over whether the city should grant the retailer a controversial alley vacation in West Seattle.
Mayor Mike McGinn opposes the alley vacation, on the grounds that Whole Foods is non-union and, he argues, doesn't pay a "livable wage"; Steinbrueck has called McGinn's position an "abuse of the city's regulatory functions."
Asked about his choice of location, Steinbreuck told PubliCola, "I chose a few spots around the city, mostly downtown ... I chose Whole Foods during the noon hour because there would be throngs of people. We just thought it would be a good spot to hang out on the steps and ask people what they liked about the neighborhood."
Steinbrueck said the alley vacation "never came up, nor was I pushing that. ... Certainly Whole Foods has been in the news. ... I’ve always been for livable wages, particularly around the SoDo arena."
McGinn supported the arena proposal; Steinbrueck opposed it. McGinn did not raise similar issues around the proposed vacation of Occidental Ave. S. for the arena; although the city did agree to sign a community benefit agreement saying they would consider factors that "may include economic development [and] employment opportunities with living wages," the agreement between the city and arena developer Chris Hansen does not require union jobs.