Yep, the Legislature went and did it again. Got a budget compromise in at the last possible moment. 

And today, we’ll get to find out what it is. Probably.


More morning clouds and afternoon clearing, with temps approaching 80. A few showers over the weekend.



Some highlights of Wednesday’s local-media joint venture “Homeless in Seattle”:

KCTS revisits the pioneering tiny-house village in Olympia that Seattle and other communities have copied. 

Crosscut has a main index to the project’s different pieces, plus an infographic on how bad the situation keeps getting. Its Joe Copeland cites Vienna as “the city that solved homelessness.” (Just one more thing the Europeans get right that we don’t, just like health care.)

Crosscut also states that “rapid rehousing,” Mayor Ed Murray’s preferred new appproach to placing the currently-homeless (at least temporarily) in private housing, will require the cooperation of local private landlords.

Residents of the Othello neighborhood’s authorized encampment tell the South Seattle Emerald they’re worried about the city’s shift away from transitional housing.

Casey Jaywork at the Weekly is skeptical about how rapid rehousing could work when rents around here keep soaring.

A Weekly editorial thanks the city for the authorized camps, but adds “stop the sweeps.”

The SeaTimes shows just how high rents have soared around the Sound—even as rent inflation in the rest of the country is slowing down a little.

Erica C. Barnett reports on the city’s big new ($30 million) open-bidding process for homeless-services agencies, the first such bidding in a decade.

KING reports on the new 24-hour shelter soon to open in First Presbyterian Church’s basement.

The Stranger notes the city’s “navigation center,” combining a shelter with social service programs for the homeless, will open in mid-July, despite continued neighborhood opposition.

PubliCola has a 12-year “history of homelessness in Seattle.”



As we said at the top of today’s e-missive, leaders of the state House Democrats and Senate Republicans worked through the night and finally, in conjunction with Gov. Inslee, announced Wednesday morning that they had a budget deal. The details were reported to the rest of the Legislature Wednesday afternoon, and will be revealed to the rest of us this morning. (KCPQ) (AP) (KIRO-TV) (KNKX)

The state Parks Dept. says it will shut down parks early Friday if it doesn’t hear a clear sign that a budget deal will go through. (KCPQ)

Joel Connelly puts the blame for this near-crisis, and similar near-crises in 2013 and 2015, on obstructionist Senate Republicans who’d rather “punish” Seattle than get anything done.

Hanna Brooks Olsen reminds you that whatever the budget compromise is, it almost certainly won’t solve our state’s big economic injustice, with some of the world’s wealthiest individuals but starving public schools.

Like an old “cliffhanger” movie adventure serial, we’ll have to wait to find out whether the budget saves or kills Washington’s (already too small) film-production tax incentives. (Stranger)

We’ll also wait to see if there’s any funding to help the state’s rural roads, one-fifth of which are badly deteriorating. (AP)


State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is “disappointed” as Travel Ban 2.1 starts getting enforced, perhaps today. (KIRO-FM)

The White House resident, in his continuing Tweet®-storm against foes real and imagined, lashed out against WaPo/Amazon honcho Jeff Bezos by claiming Bezos wasn’t paying his “Internet tax,” a tax that doesn’t (yet) exist. (KING)

A newly-rescinded clean-water regulation means “it could get easier to pollute the drinking water in Washington.” (KUOW)


Some homeowners “are mad” that Seattle’s new democracy vouchers “are working the way they’re supposed to.” Specifically, they don’t seem to like that affordable-housing advocate John Fox is getting so many voucher donations for his City Council campaign. (Weekly) (Slog)

Ed Murray may announce today whether he’ll restart his re-election campaign, this time as a write-in. (KING)

A cyclist filed a $300,000 suit against the city, after crashing at the same stretch of First Hill Streetcar track where an earlier cyclist was killed. (KCPQ) (PI.com)


When orcas can’t eat enough salmon, they miscarry more often. That’s what’s going on how. (GeekWire)

Researchers need orca poop to study; dogs help sniff it out for them. (KIRO-TV)

“How the Hanford tunnel failed.” (Oregon Public Broadcasting)


The concept is “platform capitalism,” and Amazon’s a master of it: finding big sectors it can fully dominate, then using “big data” to help guide its way to their top. (The Urbanist)


Chris Cornell’s widow says he “didn’t want to die.” (Cox Media)

Ivar’s will get to stay at Sea-Tac after all, at least as a food-cart operator. (SeaTimes)

The Folklife Festival got saved. Now it’s Hempfest’s turn to warn fans that this year’s edition could be the last. (Stranger)


Sounders FC fell to San Jose 2-1 in a US Open Cup match. At Colorado on the 4th.

Storm at Connecticut tonight.

The Mariners let a ninth-inning lead vanish, for a 5-4 loss to the Phillies. At Anaheim starting Friday.


MarketFront opening. (Pike Place Market)


Sergio Mendes. (Jazz Alley, thru Sun)

Ijeoma and Ahamefule Olio. (Town Hall)

Animal Collective, Eyvind Kang, Jessika Kenney. (Neptune)

Jonah Parzen-Johnson, Chris Icasiano/Lori Goldston. (Chapel Performance Space)

Witch Bottle, Isenordal, Miss Spooky. (Highline)

Documentary “Nuclear Lands,” partly about Hanford. (Mt. Baker Community Club)

“Untitled Kondabolu Brothers Project.” (Theatre Off Jackson, thru Fri)

“Twisted Flicks” series presents “Warlords of Atlantis” with new improv dialogue. (Jet City Improv, thru Sat)

“Transit Rider Celebration.” (Optimism Brewing)

“Death Rattle Hum,” poetry reading series. (Vermillion)

Couth Buzzard Comedy Show. (Couth Buzzard Books)

ACLU “Know Your Rights” workshop. (Wallingford United Methodist)

“Coast Salish Art of Central Puget Sound” lecture. (Frye Art Museum)

Kate Wallich and the YC, Madboots Dance. (Founders Theater, thru Sun)


("Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins to the NYT):

“’Cheesy’ is one of the words banned in my world… I’m tired of sincerity being something we have to be afraid of doing. It’s been like that for 20 years, that the entertainment and art world has shied away from sincerity, real sincerity, because they feel they have to wink at the audience because that’s what the kids like. We have to do the real stories now. The world is in crisis."


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