Morning FIzz

We Dislike Tech Industry Bromides, We Like SDOT

How we really feel about the week's news.

By Morning Fizz October 10, 2014

Our Friday Fizz LIKES & DISLIKES. 

1. While Fizz LIKES that Microsot CEO Satya Nadella got called out swiftly and rightly so for his clownish comments yesterday at a conference for women in the computer industry—if you missed it, when asked for advice to women on how to ask for a raise, he basically—with weird stuff about women's "superpowers," reliance on "karma," and trite stuff about "long-term efficiency" thrown in for good measure—said women should trust the market ... 

Microsoft CEO happily spouts newspeak bromides to underpaid workers.

And while we also LIKE that he quickly apologized—“I believe men and women should get equal pay for equal work. And when it comes to career advice on getting a raise when you think it’s deserved ... If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask,"—he said later in the day in an all-staff email.

We DISLIKE the fact that Silicon Valley libertarian mumbo-jumbo newspeak versions of Upton Sinclair economics is so ingrained in modern tech culture that the CEO of Microsoft happily spouts its bromides to underpaid workers. 

The Seattle Times was all over the story (LIKE) and got a great quote from former Microsoft exec U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA, 1) who, more pertinently, paid attention to something else the free market is supposed to vibe on: Data.

 The Times reports:  

Those were disappointing comments by Satya,” said U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, a former Microsoft executive. “The data makes clear that a gender wage gap exists across all sectors of our economy, and comments like these are emblematic of how far we still have to go to ensure equal pay for equal work.

And with numbers like Google having 79 percent of leadership positions filled by men, the data isn't good

2. Fizz LIKES Nick Licata.

Licata wouldn't tell Fizz yesterday whether he plans to run for reelection either as an at-large candidate or in his newly created North Seattle council district, saying cryptically, "I'm definitely open to running—or not."

"I'm definitely open to running—or not."

If Licata, who's served on the council for nearly 16 years, ran again, he would either have to run at large—potentially against one of two current colleagues, Tim Burgess and Sally Clark, both of whom have declared their intent to run for two remaining at-large council seats—or in his new district, potentially against his neighbor and current council colleague Mike O'Brien. 

"I would be a very boring person unless I created some suspense in my political career," Licata added.

3. Fizz (and Pedestrian Chronicles) LIKES Seattle Department of Transportation Traffic Engineer Dongho Chang.

With two of the city's boldest city planning experiments—the new 2nd Ave. protected bike lane and the Bell Street Park mixed-car-and-ped zone—facing problems (A. cars are still hitting bikers on 2nd Ave. because the parking lane is blocking the sight line for drivers turning into parking garages and B. traffic is moving too slowly on Bell Street, delaying buses) the city hasn't backed off either urban upgrade. 

In fact, they're upping the ante, nudging the scales in favor of bikers and peds and buses.   

On 2nd? They're removing the parking lanes near the garages. 

And on Bell Street Park? They're only allowing cars to drive on Bell Street for one block, installing "Must Turn" signs for cars at the end of each block.

The goal on Bell Street, Chang told Fizz, is to "significantly reduce the number of cars that travel through Bell Street."



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