News roundup: yeah, more arena coverage…

Good morning!  Bertha has dug 148 feet under the Viaduct. But hey, who’s counting… Everyone is still writing about Monday’s Council vote to reject a street vacation for the SOD Arena, including The Inquisitr, Bleacher Report, Sportsnet, Crosscut, MyNorthwest, KING5, NWProgressive, Emerald City Swagger, Tacoma News-Tribune, and the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.  Also, ABC/ESPN reports that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has joined the conversation. The Stranger and West Seattle Blog cover the Council’s approval Monday of the 2016 Housing Levy. Seattle Times reports that the Swedish Cherry Hill campus master plan is headed to the full Council for a vote on Monday.

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Who owes SPD a lot of money?

This is a followup to last week’s briefing on SPD’s overtime audit. In a side note, it was pointed out that SPD bills event organizers after the fact for police services, but has poor follow-through on collecting on those bill. Council member Burgess had asked SPD for a list of the organizations with the biggest outstanding bills, and noted that it was interesting to see who owes SPD money — and particularly how many federal government agencies made the list. Burgess’s office gave me a copy of the list, and it is indeed interesting.

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It was a bad day for political discourse in Seattle.

There is an old saying: it is better to stay silent and let others assume you are a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt. As The C is for Crank and Seattlish report, the five female members of the Seattle City Council have been the target of disrespectful, misogynistic verbal abuse through emails and social media since their vote yesterday to deny the street vacation for the proposed SODO Arena. I get it: some people are angry and frustrated. At our most emotional times our thoughts often betray us. And angry and frustrated people have poor control …

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News roundup: SODO Arena vote

Even though other interesting things happened, there’s only one story in town this morning: the Council’s vote on the SODO Arena plan yesterday. Seattle Times, The Stranger, KUOW, KING5, SeattleMet, KGW Portland, the Bellingham Herald, Reuters, SB Nation, La-Kabylie, Portland Business Journal, MyNorthwest, Arena Digest, Lucena Informacion, Crosscut, Curbed, Field of Schemes, Real GM Basketball, The Fourth Period, and the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce all report on the Council’s vote to reject vacating part of Occidental Avenue for the proposed SODO Arena. Believe it or not, something else of consequence happened in the same Council meeting: the Council voted to …

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