Author: Penis, Dow Constantine'S
Date published: May 16, 2012
* Local news outlets went apeshit this week over the nonscandal that King County executive Dow Constantine apparently had an "affair" with a woman. Of course, Constantine isn't married-he has a girlfriend-so it's not much of an "affair." Nor were there financial or political shenanigans, so there's no official misconduct to report. And Constantine isn't a Republican-that is, Constantine isn't a member of a political party that seeks to regulate the private sexual conduct of other Americans, builds campaigns around the theme of "family values," and attacks opponents for their perceived sexual and moral failings-so there's no hypocrisy to report, either.
* The firm that bought two old buildings in the Pike/Pine Conservation District with plans to develop a seven-story structure on the site-triggering an outcry about stripping away neighborhood character and destroying the coffee shop Bauhaus-says it will preserve the brick structures in their entirety. "They are literally keeping the buildings," says Madison Development Group spokeswoman Natalie Price. "They will be renewing and retrofitting them- which is great, because I think that is what people really wanted to see." Bauhaus also has a deal to move back into the space after construction is complete.
* Shield your eyes: Friday, May 18, is Seattle's annual Bike to Work Day, the one day a year it's acceptable for everyone to wear spandex in public.
* Bad news is coming for University of Washington students, sources say, as regents for the school are about to approve a 17 percent increase in tuition and fees, capping offan unprecedented 82 percent four-year spike in total annual costs.
* We came across records that show Our Washington, a political action committee that can fundraise without contribution limits, is amassing cash to help Democrat Jay Inslee win the governor's mansion. Or, as these sort of PACs are known to do, run a cutthroat campaign to undermine Inslee's opponent, Republican candidate Rob McKenna. The group has raised more than $850,000, including a quarter million from the Democratic Governors Association.
* Amazon.com welcomes employees' dogs inside its climate-controlled South Lake Union headquarters. But what about how they treat their employees elsewhere? Former warehouse workers rallied outside the Seattle offices on May 10 to decry inhumane conditions at Amazon's sweltering Allentown, Pennsylvania, distribution center. "Please treat us like dogs!" labor organizer Sage Wilson pleaded in response to the obvious irony.
* Spotted lunching at a corner table at Purple Cafe & Wine Bar in downtown Seattle on May 15: Governor Chris Gregoire and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman. Gregoire waved at Sources Say. Friedman did not.