1. Governor Jay Inslee's fundraising numbers for this year’s gubernatorial campaign are lagging when compared to his previous totals. Both Inslee’s current total money raised and his cash on hand are lower than his own numbers at this time in 2012.
The dip is notable because, back in 2012, Inslee wasn’t an incumbent (incumbents always raise more money.) And in 2012, he was running against Republican state attorney general Rob McKenna, a much more well known candidate than Bryant, who was considered by many to be the front runner. Of course, this can cut two ways when it comes to fundraising.
As of the most recent (March) fundraising report, Inslee has raised $4.1 million with a $1.9 million balance. At this time in 2012, Inslee had raised $4.8 million with with a $2.7 balance.
His numbers are also lower than former governor Chris Gregoire’s were at this point in her 2008 reelection bid campaign; she had raised $4.6 million at this point with a $2.7 million balance.
Inslee is running against longshot Republican candidate, former Port of Seattle commissioner Bill Bryant. Bryant has raised much less than Inslee, $1.4 million, with about $700,000 cash on hand.
However, Gregoire was also on hold during the 2008 legislative session herself, and her numbers, as I noted above, were much better than Inslee's are today. (While Gregoire wasn't also on hold during a special session, this year's special session only lasted two and a half weeks, which doesn't explain Gregoire's superior numbers.)
Additionally, Inslee, unlike 2012, has been raising money explicitly for a rerun for three plus years now. So, the legislative session hold shouldn't be a serious factor. (Inslee did transfer his congressional campaign fund over to his gubernatorial run in 2012, but that only included one year of extra fundraising versus the three years he's had this time around.)
2. I have a correction on the big pedestrian news from yesterday’s Fizz: The city isn’t necessarily moving forward with the street closure plan. While I had the process right, reporting that the city was going to convene stakeholder meetings to inform how to move forward (as I noted, a lopsided majority of those surveyed dug the Jane Jacobs pro-ped setup), the Office of Economic Development let me know street closures weren’t a sure thing.
Yes, the recommendation—after 20 pages documenting last August’s street closure pilot project—concluded that “through a creative and collaborative process, the lessons learned and challenges experienced can be discussed and used to inform the best way to move forward.” However, the “best way to move forward” doesn’t necessarily include moving forward. A spokesman for OED, which collaborated on the project with the Seattle Department of Transportation, told me “There are not definitive plans to move forward at this point.”
3. Speaking of stakeholders, next week, the council’s transportation committee will vote on approving members to the $930 million transportation levy oversight committee; members include both mayoral and council appointees. And there are some encouraging signs for urbanists who want the package to serve bike, ped, and transit goals.
Out of the ten appointees, at least four are strong greens: Mayoral appointee Rachel Ben-Shmuel, a recent Vulcan employee who helped secure South Lake Union upzones, has also worked for Metro, the monorail project, and served as the executive director of the Seattle Planning Commission. She also spent eight years on the board of the low-income housing group, Capitol Hill Housing—which, coincidentally, is pushing the street closure project. Mayoral appointee Elizabeth Kiker is the executive director of the Cascade Bicycle Club. Mayor appointee Shefali Ranganathan is the executive director of Transportation Choices Coalition, the pro-transit nonprofit that campaigned for the levy, led the push for the low-income Orca lift card, and is currently pushing (as they did for the successful Sound Transit Two ballot measure in 2008) for the current ST3 measure. And council appointee Laurie Torres is a social and economic justice organizer and recent graduate of the Community Leadership Institute, a program designed by low-income and workers’ rights group Puget Sound Sage (see paid sick leave, the $15 minimum wage, and the current secured scheduling campaign.)
The notes on Torres’s appointment notice say: “As a resident of the Central District, Laurie spoke frankly in her interview about being one of the few remaining residents of color in the neighborhood where she has observed first hand the challenges of transit access gentrification.” (If I still did Friday Fizz Likes & Dislikes? Like.)
Earlier this week, the mayor’s office announced a parade of projects that have already been completed in the first 100 days since the levy, which makes up about 30 percent of the city’s transportation budget. Some of those projects include: safe routes to schools projects and sidewalk repair near local schools, fixes to the Magnolia Bridge and ped safety fixes in SODO, bus stop improvements along the Rapid Ride C and D lines, 196 new bicycle parking spaces, and 30 trees planted on Renton Ave. South in Rainier Valley.
4. Speaking of LIKES and DISLIKES, here’s something I LIKE: Seattle Bike Blog has the news that Seattle is finally getting some “deep walkability” (something Portland already has in spades). Deep Walkability is the urbansist goal of connecting two walkable neighborhoods, as opposed to settling for isolated walkable neighborhoods.
Seattle Bike Blog's Tom Fucoloro reports:
Ballard’s new 17th Ave NW neighborhood greenway officially marks an important step in the city’s all ages and abilities bike network: Two neighborhood greenways have finally crossed each other.
The new 17th Ave NW greenway is very long, stretching from Ballard Ave to Whitman Middle School in Crown Hill. And with the connection to the NW 58th Street neighborhood greenway, every home and destination along the way also connects to the section of the Burke-Gilman Trail leading to Golden Gardens.