Index of entries from March 2011
March 31, 2011
Unintended Consequences?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:30 PM, 6 Comments
Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess is sponsoring legislation to make "wage theft" a crime. Of course cheating someone out of earned wages is wrong and should incur serious consequences, which it already does. The proposal is to add criminal penalties.... [read more]

Off his rails
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:13 PM, 13 Comments
Seattle's budget is supposedly in crisis and Mayor Mike McGinn says he's contemplating cuts to the city's transportation (i.e. roads) budget. Meanwhile McGinn is working toward his 2009 campaign promise to "offer rail transit, linking West Seattle and Ballard to... [read more]

March 30, 2011
Go Figure
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:39 PM, 9 Comments
1) "Poll: Most people in Seattle unhappy with McGinn" 2) Tunnel vision:The City Council and the business community are going to the mattresses for the most expensive replacement option - one that will wall off Downtown (no tunnel exits to... [read more]

Lame
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:30 PM, 1 Comments
Oh really:A bill that would introduce spirit samplings in state liquor stores - much like beer and wine tastings at groceries - cleared its final legislative hurdle passed the state Senate on Wednesday. Sponsored by Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, the... [read more]

Re: King County Executive Dow Constantine concurrently hires his campaign consultant for both personal campaign and county project
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:51 AM, 7 Comments
I reported last month that King County Executive Dow Constantine had hired his campaign consultant Christian Sinderman (principal of Northwest Passage Consulting) for a $100,000 ($278 / hour) "strategic communications" engagement at the Executive's office. I recently received requested copies... [read more]

"Legislature keeps public out by flouting its own transparency rules"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:48 AM, 3 Comments
So writes the Washington Policy Center's Jason Mercier in today's op-ed in the Seattle Times.... [read more]

March 29, 2011
Ferraro and Fox News
by warrenpeterson, 09:33 PM, 19 Comments
I've been watching Facebook to see if any of my left-leaning friends are extolling the liberal virtues of the late Geraldine Ferraro, the first female major party candidate for Vice President (Mondale-Ferraro lost in a landslide to Reagan-Bush in 1984)... [read more]

Legislating our way toward "Idiocracy"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:54 PM, 15 Comments
The State Senate has unanimously voted to lower high school graduation math standards (again).The measure would require students in the graduating classes of 2013 and 2014 to take only one end-of-course exam for math, instead of two, to complete state... [read more]

Maybe it should be called the "Failure to Educate Them" Levy
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:22 PM, 5 Comments
Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess says his vote to double the "Families and Education Levy" will "help the city's neediest children.":Burgess noted that nearly half of Seattle public-school students were at risk academically and in danger of failing. "Time is... [read more]

Poor Governor Gregoire
by Jim Miller, 02:38 PM, 7 Comments
When I read this Nicole Brodeur column, I learned that someone has left Governor Gregoire with a terrible fiscal problem. In Washington, the 2012 fiscal shortfall totals $2.9 billion, or 18.5 percent of the 2011 budget, and it's only going... [read more]

Mukilteo City Council: Now you know how voters feel
by Tim Eyman, 12:32 PM, 12 Comments
Last night, I went to Mukilteo City Hall to address the Council and Mayor during the 3 minute citizen comment period concerning last week's 4-3 city council vote to ignore the people's vote on our red-light camera initiative (it passed... [read more]

Danny Westneat: "I don't much understand business"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:26 PM, 2 Comments
And to prove his point, this weekend he wrote another column about business. Show off! The topic: Costco's liquor privatization proposal to the Legislature. Westneat concludes that this proposal is "where the businesses try to just walk off with our... [read more]

Gregoire == Bush
by pudge, 07:46 AM, 8 Comments
I wanted to title this something provocative, but, I am actually being a bit unfair. In truth, Gregoire is much worse than Bush. Bush was, somewhat unfairly, but not without reason, often accused of violating government sunshine laws by withholding... [read more]

March 28, 2011
A Viaduct rebuild is still the more popular option
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:22 PM, 11 Comments
Seattle Times:[Pollster Stuart] Elway asked Seattleites if they could vote, would they pick a new or repaired viaduct, a deep bore tunnel or a new, improved surface-transit plan. Thirty-eight percent of 405 registered Seattle voters preferred a new or repaired... [read more]

And they can't give me an accounting of how the money's been spent
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:05 PM, 7 Comments
The Seattle City Council has voted 9-0 to place the $231 million "Families and Education Levy" on the November ballot. If approved by voters, it will cost the average Seattle homeowner $884 over 7 years. The nearly $250 million collected... [read more]

"I'll take 'budget realities' for $400, Alex"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:55 AM, 33 Comments
Seattle Times: "State funding for arts in jeopardy"... [read more]

March 27, 2011
Costco lobbies Olympia for liquor privatization
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:21 PM, 6 Comments
The Seattle Times reports that Costco is lobbying the Legislature to adopt a liquor privatization bill. Costco attorney John Sullivan told Publicola that its proposal addresses voter concerns with I-1100, "substantially limiting the number of licenses", and raising "hundreds of... [read more]

March 26, 2011
"There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America -- there's the United States of America"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:02 PM, 21 Comments
Seattle Times: "Activists propose 'majority minority' congressional district for Washington"... [read more]

March 25, 2011
Today's Seattle Times Editorial Cartoon Is Funny
by Jim Miller, 01:22 PM, 8 Comments
And that happens so rarely as to make it news. The Auth cartoon is not as funny, perhaps, as today's Ramirez cartoon, but I wouldn't quarrel with anyone who preferred Auth's.... [read more]

March 24, 2011
Maps of November election results by legislative district
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:50 PM, 9 Comments
The maps below show how I-1100 (liquor privatization, top) and I-1098 (Democrats' income tax proposal, below) fared by legislative district. Green=won, red=lost, the darker the color, the more extreme the win/loss. The Democrats' income tax proposal lost big everywhere, except... [read more]

I-1157 received its ballot title / summary
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:15 PM, 12 Comments
The AG office issued this today:Ballot Title Initiative Measure No. 1157 concerns liquor (beer, wine, and spirits). This measure would authorize licensing certain businesses to sell, distribute, and import spirits; close and sell state liquor stores; repeal certain restrictions governing... [read more]

Competence
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:21 PM, 5 Comments
Jay Inslee says the word "Governor" snuck into his fundraising letter "by accident"... [read more]

A modest proposal
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:41 AM, 18 Comments
P-I: "Republicans want to revisit tribal gas tax refunds" The "refunds" are a transfer of $90 million (and growing) from the state to the tribes. The Washington State Wire has more:Nothing required the state to give the tribes a dime... [read more]

March 23, 2011
Bus bomb in Jerusalem not long after local bus ad campaign bombs
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:50 PM, 17 Comments
There was a deadly bus bombing in Jerusalem today, the first such attack in that city in several years. These terrorist attacks touch me personally. I used to live in Jerusalem and have immediate family there. This takes us to... [read more]

To Whom It May Concern
by pudge, 12:43 PM, 21 Comments
Rep. Matt Shea (R-4) sent out an alert today containing the text of the letter below. In the letter, the Washington State Patrol is making blanket requests to gun dealers "across the state" for all AR-15 sales -- including all... [read more]

The Liquor Board's whopping exaggerations reveal the LCB's desperation to justify its liquor business
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:31 PM, 8 Comments
The Olympian reported:The state's liquor operation generated about $870 million in sales last year with about $370 million in "profit" going to fund state, city and county governments. Much of it is directed toward law enforcement at the local level.... [read more]

Radioactive Rodents In Yellowstone
by Jim Miller, 09:17 AM, 9 Comments
With all the attention being given to radiation fears, I thought this tidbit in Annals of the Former World might be of interest. [geologist John] Love, who has made a subspecialty of the medical effects of geology, had other matters... [read more]

March 22, 2011
Violence and threats continue against Gov. Walker and Republicans in Wisconsin
by Ron Hebron, 05:23 PM, 48 Comments
The threats are continuing in Wisconsin. First, there were death threats against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans before the unions flooded the capitol and made the national news. I posted that on February 17, 2011. Those of us... [read more]

"State senator, ferry workers' union at odds over 'vomit clause'"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:32 PM, 6 Comments
The headline is from KOMO, citing an article by Jerry Cornfield at the Herald:State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen has picked on state ferry workers for months. Her latest jab at them: the "vomit clause." It's a contract provision allowing those... [read more]

Radiation Dose Chart
by Jim Miller, 10:53 AM, 15 Comments
From Randall Munroe, better known by the name of his comic strip, xkcd. Print it, study it, and share it.  (If you want to share it on line, be sure to include his disclaimer.)  Those who can think quantitatively will... [read more]

Sally Clark: "Every dollar taxpayers invest will be prioritized by the city to ensure the outcomes we want"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:30 AM, 5 Comments
As expected, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously yesterday to place a $231 million "Families and Education Levy" on the November ballot. The measure will cost the average city homeowner $884 over 7 years. The city can't point to any... [read more]

March 21, 2011
NPR Republicans unite! (against federal subsidies)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:41 PM, 14 Comments
Our neighboring Congressman Dave Reichert is one of seven Republicans who voted to maintain federal subsidies for NPR. Oy. I'm a longtime NPR listener and a member of KPLU (I love jazz). Of course NPR is loaded with liberal bias,... [read more]

Great moments in law enforcement
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:50 PM, 2 Comments
Seattle Times: "City suspends DUI cases while police investigate rubber-stamping of arrests"The Seattle City Attorney's Office put some drunken-driving prosecutions on hold Monday in response to the Police Department's internal investigation into allegations that some officers have mishandled drunken-driving arrests.... [read more]

Times' columnist ridicules "political ineptitude" of Orwall bill extending stadium-taxes
by Tim Eyman, 10:17 AM, 2 Comments
The Wrap / Ron Judd My-oh-my, what a major-league blunder By Ron Judd, Seattle Times staff columnist We are not easily impressed. But we stand today in sheer awe over the stunning display of political ineptitude by state Rep. Tina... [read more]

On Libya, Multilateralism, and Impeachment
by pudge, 09:07 AM, 31 Comments
I hear Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) wants to impeach Obama. Without looking at what he has to say, I can guarantee it is about Libya, it makes as little sense as his attempts to impeach Bush, and it will carry... [read more]

March 20, 2011
We Should Be Pleased That President Obama Is Taking Another Foreign Vacation
by Jim Miller, 05:03 PM, 19 Comments
And we should hope that he will spend more time on the basketball court and the golf links, and that he will take more time out for parties, movies, and even filling out his basketball brackets. We should even hope... [read more]

You can afford it, it'll only cost as much as a latte and a sandwich
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:58 PM, 14 Comments
The Seattle City Council will vote tomorrow to put the $231 million family-budget-siphoning "Families and Education Levy" on the November ballot. The Seattle Times editorial board today disagrees with "Arguments that the education levy only increases taxpayers' burden by $10".... [read more]

Liquor Control Board supports I-1157!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:45 PM, 3 Comments
Not exactly, but in today's Olympian:Leaders of the Liquor Control Board took away three messages from the defeat of Initiatives 1100 and 1105 ... * Public safety is paramount. The public wanted no part of moving from 350 liquor stores... [read more]

March 18, 2011
New liquor privatization initiative filed
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:44 PM, 23 Comments
I filed a revised liquor privatization initiative last week. It has been assigned number 1157 and is on to the Attorney General's office for a ballot title and summary. (full text: here) It's similar to I-1100, but has a few... [read more]

Even Gang Bangers Are Looking For Math Talent
by Jim Miller, 02:48 PM, 6 Comments
This morning, Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna was interviewed by KUOW's Steve Scher.  The interview began with a speech by McKenna on the problem of gang violence. The whole interview is worth listening to, but there was one detail... [read more]

Opponent gloats about my/our financial challenges
by Tim Eyman, 10:36 AM, 11 Comments
The 64% vote for Initiative 1053 was especially gratifying to me because I had taken such a risk with my 2nd mortgage loan to the campaign. But one of our opponents is gloating about my/our financial challenges resulting from that... [read more]

Social Security: What You Should Know
by pudge, 08:40 AM, 29 Comments
A little-recalled provision of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution says: The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law ... shall not be questioned. The Social Security Trust Fund consists of about $2.5 trillion... [read more]

March 17, 2011
Fat chance
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:16 PM, 22 Comments
Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson, D-Outer Fremont, is still promotingHB 1550, a bill that would legalize the sale, possession and delivery of marijuana for adults over 21 years old. The substance could be sold in liquor stores and would be regulated... [read more]

More money won't help Seattle Public Schools
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:12 PM, 7 Comments
Paul Guppy of the Washington Policy Center has an op-ed in the Times arguing that doubling the Seattle "Families and Education Levy" (to nearly a quarter billion dollars over 7 years) won't help the Seattle Public Schools. His longer policy... [read more]

State revenue projection just got $698 million worse
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:54 PM, 10 Comments
The now $31.9 billion coming in does not equal the $37 billion that they want to give out:OLYMPIA -- The state's chief economist delivered more bad news on Thursday, announcing that projected state tax collections are down another $698 million... [read more]

Update on: Because Trains are more dependable than cars
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:03 AM, 29 Comments
The [un]Sounder commuter train between Seattle and Everett hasn't been working all week because of mudslides, but fortunately it will (hopefully) resume service on Friday morning (at least until the next time it rains). Even more fortunate is that [un]Sound... [read more]

March 16, 2011
Olympia raised taxes already to balance the budget -- tax hikes from last year live on
by Tim Eyman, 11:59 AM, 3 Comments
Democrats and their special-interest-group-backers are whining about how I-1053's 2/3 vote requirement is preventing them from taking a "balanced approach" (which means raising taxes) to address their budget challenges (caused by 6 years of adopting totally unsustainable budgets). But the... [read more]

March 15, 2011
Radiation From Japan Or Vampires?
by Jim Miller, 09:37 AM, 47 Comments
During the past few days, our local TV stations have been telling us that we probably don't have to worry about radiation from the damaged Japanese reactors.  We have even been treated to official statements from the state's department of... [read more]

March 14, 2011
Oy vay
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:40 PM, 8 Comments
Associated Press:Pilots on an Alaska Airlines flight from Mexico City to Los Angeles locked down the cockpit and alerted authorities Sunday when a flight crew grew alarmed at the behavior of three men who turned out to be conducting an... [read more]

OLYMPIAN: "I just want to say, 'God damn Tim Eyman.'" -- Brian Tomlinson, a candidate for Olympia City Council at a town hall meeting on Saturday
by Tim Eyman, 02:23 PM, 16 Comments
As reported in Sunday's Olympian newspaper: Brian Tomlinson, a candidate for Olympia City Council, expressed other frustrations that seemed to go over well with the crowd. "I just want to say, 'God damn Tim Eyman.' It just shows what one... [read more]

March 13, 2011
Because trains are more dependable than cars
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:45 PM, 27 Comments
"Sounder train between Everett and Seattle canceled for Monday" There seems to be a lot of that. As the Sound Transit enthusiasts have been telling us for years, the Sounder is "a dependable, stress-free commute" and a "reliable service" The... [read more]

No-Fly Zone, Whose Job Is It?
by warrenpeterson, 09:27 PM, 14 Comments
An Associated Press report printed in the March 12, 2011 issue of the Seattle Times contained the following statement: "The Arab League asked the U.N. Security Council to impose a no-fly zone over Libya to protect the rebels, increasing pressure... [read more]

Your State Legislature busy at work on the people's business
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:18 PM, 7 Comments
Seattle Times: "Aside from state budget, Legislature has been busy" One thing the Legislature did do:temporarily raise benefits for unemployed workers by $25 a week.The Legislature has also been busy doing nothing:Efforts to impose stricter rules on who can get... [read more]

March 12, 2011
How can we get a state budget?
by Ron Hebron, 01:42 PM, 33 Comments
There had better be serious people trying to get state expenditures to match actual revenues. But where are they? I attended a district meeting held by my two state representatives and senator this morning. I got there late and just... [read more]

Help find Marizela Perez
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:00 AM, 0 Comments
The family of Marizela Perez, the 18 year old UW student who has been missing for a week, is organizing a search effort today from 11:30 am-3:30pm. They are meeting at the U district Safeway where Marizela was last seen.... [read more]

March 11, 2011
Best (quote) of the Web Today
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:14 PM, 27 Comments
James Taranto:This morning Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a ban on so-called collective bargaining for government workers. This is a scheme in which "unions"--similar in form to actual industrial labor organizations--collude with politicians to direct taxpayer money to the... [read more]

"Tim, the truth is, the best victories in Olympia are the quiet ones" -- Senator Don Benton
by Tim Eyman, 01:17 PM, 1 Comments
In a phone conversation with Sen. Don Benton shortly after Monday's 5 pm cutoff, I told him I was kinda disappointed that anti-initiative bill SB 5297 died without a senate floor vote and that none of his or Sen. Pam... [read more]

Shame, KIRO, Shame!
by pudge, 12:27 PM, 20 Comments
I got an alert on my iPhone this morning from the KIRO app. It falsely informed me that Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin had just signed an "anti-union" bill. Of course, those following the facts know that's not true: the... [read more]

Open Post On The Tsunami:
by Jim Miller, 10:07 AM, 72 Comments
My sympathy to all those who have lost friends or family in this disaster — and that's all I have to say for now. Your turn.... [read more]

March 10, 2011
Wisconsin's Motto is "Forward"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:20 PM, 35 Comments
Both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature have now passed the bill to restrict "collective bargaining" for government employees. The paranoid wing of the liberal media is characterizing these events as the "Koch family" vs. "average middle-class Americans". Geez. It's really... [read more]

Behind the Scenes: February 2011
by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, 02:09 PM, 8 Comments
This episode includes exclusive footage of an exciting month when I re-launched the Congressional Military Family Caucus, held a bloggers' conference call with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), spoke on the House floor about EPA regulations, talked one-on-one with Rep. Denny... [read more]

Big deal
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:48 AM, 1 Comments
Seattle Times business section: "Starbucks, Green Mountain in single-cup deal"... [read more]

March 09, 2011
Expansion and contraction
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:15 PM, 14 Comments
"UW cuts may hit Evans School of Public Affairs" The Evans School faculty and alumni (just two examples of many) have been at the forefront of expanding state government behind the point of fiscal viability. If the UW has to... [read more]

March 08, 2011
State Senate kills bill to deny drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants and other non-residents
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:02 PM, 51 Comments
Protecting the integrity of our drivers licenses:In a procedural motion, Republicans asked the Senate to consider the bill, which had not been brought to the floor by Democrats, who hold the majority and control of which bills get a vote.... [read more]

March 07, 2011
Seattle Proposes Making Criminals a Protected Class
by Andy MacDonald, 09:25 PM, 28 Comments
The Seattle Office of Civil Rights is proposing legislation which would make it illegal to discriminate in employment, contracting and housing based on a person's criminal history. (Draft proposal is here.) Exceptions would be made for crimes where there is... [read more]

The latest permanent crisis that wants more of your money
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:46 PM, 10 Comments
"Seattle's parks in peril: the choices are to shrink, skimp or pay up" I'm guessing: "pay up" Wait, we just voted for a $145 million Parks Levy in 2008. Unfortunately:The most recent levy, in 2008, contained no money for maintenance... [read more]

Initiative process survives legislative assault - 5 pm deadline passes without senate vote on SB 5297
by Tim Eyman, 05:06 PM, 8 Comments
For the 9th year in a row, a bunch of union-funded Democrats tried once again to shut down the initiative process with their usual, regulate-to-death strategy. Even though the initiative process is GUARANTEED by our state Constitution, it was under... [read more]

Michelle Malkin's Cousin Is Missing
by Jim Miller, 08:47 AM, 1 Comments
Here's the notice: MISSING PERSON Name: Marizela Perez Date Missing: March 5, 2011, 12:00-12:30 P.M. Last Seen: Rainier Beach area, heading to UW Seattle campus to meet friends for lunch or study in the UW libraries Possible Routes: Sound Link... [read more]

March 06, 2011
Why Do People Watch Two And A Half Men?
by Jim Miller, 04:44 PM, 41 Comments
When Charlie Sheen forced his way on to center stage, I was only vaguely aware of who he was.   I knew that he was a "truther", and that he behaved badly toward women — though I didn't realize just... [read more]

March 05, 2011
Because people who receive tax dollars will vote for the taxers
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:24 PM, 21 Comments
The state House and Senate have approved bills that would establish a tax revenue stream to fund arts and other "economic development" in King County:Washington lawmakers approved two bills that would extend taxes that were meant to be temporary to... [read more]

March 04, 2011
Great moments in public education
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:21 PM, 22 Comments
In Courtland, New Jersey yesterday a middle school student was suspended from school because heopened the door for a woman he knew, who had her hands full. Closer to home, a second-grade teacher at Pleasant Glade Elementary School in Lacey... [read more]

March 03, 2011
Answer: No
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:31 PM, 87 Comments
Question: Can the new Seattle Superintendent deliver? No. Seattle schools are a lost cause. The problem is endemic to the very model of government monopoly schools. Short of a structural overhaul, changing administrators and fiddling with minor details is a... [read more]

NEWSPAPER EDITORIALS BLAST ANTI-INITIATIVE BILLS, ESPECIALLY SENATE BILL 5297 WHICH GETS VOTED ON TODAY
by Tim Eyman, 01:46 PM, 5 Comments
SENATE BILL 5297: NEWSPAPERS & ATTORNEYS & COURTS STRONGLY OPPOSE ANTI-INITIATIVE BILL - A SUMMARY SEATTLE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD, March 3, 2011, INITIATIVE-CURBING BILL UNFAIR AND INEFFECTIVE - IN the three weeks since this page criticized Senate Bill 5297, to... [read more]

$2 million here, $5 million there, whatever
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:07 AM, 8 Comments
The $2+ million of wasted school district funds (including severance pay) is bad enough. That's dwarfed by the $5+ million the District flushed last October by gifting away the surplus MLK school property. The private Bush School's high bid for... [read more]

Dog Bites Man
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:02 AM, 27 Comments
Seattle Times: "Sound Transit ridership falls short of goals" More from watchdog John Niles: "Seattle light rail 2010 patronage over one million short of target forecast." And that's just light rail. Sounder and bus ridership were also short. Mike Ennis... [read more]

March 02, 2011
Seattle School Board to fire Superintendent, CFO (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:32 PM, 29 Comments
The Seattle School Board is poised to fire Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson and CFO Don Kennedy, for failed oversight and apparent cover-up of the recently reported defalcation scandal. Board Member Stephen Sundquist:"We are uniformly committed to restoring public confidence and to... [read more]

Seattle School Board to fire Superintendent, CFO (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:32 PM, 2 Comments
Michael DeBell, confidence man: Upon the appointment of Maria Goodloe-Johnson as Superintendent in April 2007:School Board Director Michael DeBell, who is chair of the board's finance committee, also commented on Dr. Goodloe-Johnson's strong leadership in the financial arena. "When Dr.... [read more]

Seattle School Board to fire Superintendent, CFO (III)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:32 PM, 6 Comments
In 2007 when the Seattle School Board was considering Maria Goodloe-Johnson for Superintendent, I remarked that she was a "non-finisher", havingheld her job [in Charleston, SC] only three and a half years and is barely half-way through her 6-year "Plan... [read more]

March 01, 2011
Port of Seattle Commissioners Albro, Bryant and Holland have voted to end their political careers
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:27 PM, 21 Comments
"Port of Seattle CEO Yoshitani to get 9% pay raise" Commissioners Tom Albro, Bill Bryant and Rob Holland voted for the raise. Commissioners John Creighton and Gael Tarleton voted against it. Of course the Commissioners say that the Port will... [read more]

Money for Nothing: BANNED
by pudge, 09:26 AM, 36 Comments
In Canada, the classic Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing" has been banned from the radio. Draw your own conclusions about the saneness of such a government act; in the meantime, enjoy my shorter acoustic rendition of the tune.... [read more]

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