FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2017

Nope, we still don’t know all that’s in the state’s “mystery meat” budget bill. We may not know until some time today: the day it’s supposed to pass, to avoid a partial state government shutdown.

O, and there’s a major national holiday coming up. So let me say it now, loud and proud: 



Back around 80 over the weekend.



Ed Murray, seen here at Thursday afternoon’s Pike Place “MarketFront” grand opening, said he won’t restart his re-election bid after all. In a Thursday morning presser at the Paramount, he said he can’t re-enter the race and raise legal-defense money at the same time. He endorsed Jenny Durkan, who’s emerged as the most “establishment,” business-friendly candidate. (KCPQ) (Slog)



While the full details of the big budget compromise aren’t all known, there are a few highlights. 

It does, sort-of, meet the state Supreme Court’s mandate for full public-school funding; providing $7.3 billion more into the schools over the next four years. 

It funds certain programs to reduce class sizes and add “gifted” programs. 

It restricts local school districts’ options to raise their own operating funds via special levies.

It includes some of the Senate Republicans’ property-tax tweaks, to tax Democratic-leaning places like Seattle more.

It adds sales taxes for “third party” online sales (such as those on eBay).

It removes some tax exemptions (such as on bottled water). (SeaTimes) (KING)

From the parts we’ve been told, it’s “the biggest education reform in state history,” and it relies heavily on property taxes. (KCPQ)

Legislators and their staffs continued to grind out the gritty details of the deal through Thursday night. (News Tribune)


The lawsuit against Seattle’s “democracy vouchers” campaign-funding scheme “shows the rental industry is scared” of Jon Grant getting onto the City Council, says Grant. (Slog)


Travel Ban 2.1 took effect at 5 p.m. yesterday. Sea-Tac’s terminal complex was quiet, compared to the massive sit-ins that protested the first ban. Hawaii’s already sued to halt the new ban. (Slog) (AP)


The person shot earlier this month by King County sheriff’s deputies in Burien, who was holding a pen that the officers say they thought was a knife? He would have graduated from an alternative high-school program the next day. (SeaTimes)


The Sierra Club and other eco-groups are appealing the state’s decision to issue permits for the $18 billion methanol plant/terminal in Kalama. (SeaTimes)


The Upper Queen Anne Safeway, remodeled and expanded several times since its 1962 opening, will be replaced by yet another apartment midrise, with a new Safeway at its ground floor. (Daily Journal of Commerce)

Seattle added more people last year than all of King County’s suburbs put together. Are we finally out of the Age of Sprawl? (Gene Balk)

No, Nicole Brodeur. The real threat to Columbia City (Seattle’s “hottest neighborhood”) isn’t crime. It’s the continued gentrification that threatens the diverse, dynamic place it’s been in recnt decades. (Knute Berger)


Two expressionistic paintings by Kurt Cobain will be on display (but not for sale) at the next Seattle Art Fair in August. One of them was used as the “Incesticide” album cover. (NYT)


A guy sent in his PC hard drive to a repair shop. They found child porn on it. He’s now headed to prison. (News Tribune)


Three separate wildfires east of the mountains are burning a total of almost 78 square miles. (KIRO-TV)


A Tacoma park will honor the City O’ Destiny’s woodworking past by restoring and displaying a 30-foot-tall “head saw” from a long-closed lumber mill, which had been on what’s now park land. (KING)


Wanna know exactly how those UW economics profs devised a study meant from the start to rebuke Seattle’s minimum-wage hikes? WorkingWA has, as they say, the “deets.”


Horizon Air can’t get enough pilots, so it has to cancel a few hundred flights. (SeaTimes)


Another speculation on what Amazon “really” wants from buying Whole Foods: access to the latter’s data on grocery customers’ buying habits. (AP)


Zillow, the Seattle-based real-estate dotcom, has backed down from its threat to sue the snarky blog “McMansion From Hell,” which uses Zillow photos to jeer at what the blog’s creators believe to be ugly large houses. (SeaTimes)

A U of Puget Sound prof says “cyberbullies” publicly attack men as well as women—just with different (lame) excuses. (KCPQ) 


A fourth-quarter comeback fell short, as the Storm lost 96-89 at Connecticut. At Dallas Saturday.

Mariners at Anaheim Fri-Sun.


Seattle Symphony presents “2001: A Space Odyssey” with live score. (Benaroya Hall, Fri-Sat)

“Hang Together: A Performance Farewell for John DeShazo.” (NW Film Forum, Fri-Sat)

“Cut Up/Cut Out,” group exhibit of art made with “decorative cutting and piercing.” (Bellevue Arts Museum, Fri thru Oct. 22)

Northwest Tatau Festival. (Tacoma Convention Center, Fri-Sun)


“Ground Finale,” concert/reading/closing party before renovations. (Town Hall, Fri)

Composer Marguerite Brown. (Chapel Performance Space, Fri)

Paul Lynde Fan Club, Llama, Foxy Apollo. (Skylark, Fri)

‘90s Underground. (Triple Door, Fri)

Brad Paisley, Dustin Lynch, more. (White River Ampitheatre, Fri)

Motor Records presents Collin Gorman Weiland, Samantha Glass, Decoy, Dr. Troy. (Timbre Room)

“No Gasoline Concert” with Industrial Revelation, Bad Luck, Lori Goldston. (Lo-Fi, Fri)

“Plunge Festival” with Hobosexual, Star Anna, High Children, MisterMaster. (Hale’s Palladium, Fri)

“Lush Sounds, Curated by Mokedo.” (Volunteer Park Conservatory, Fri)

“The Future Is Still Female,” sing-along with Shenandoah Davis. (Cloud Room, Fri)

Mark “Mom” Finley in “Someone Get Me a Chainsaw!” (InArtsNW, Fri)

Baby Gramps, Hot Damn Scandal. (Slim’s Last Chance, Fri)

Backstreet Bazaar. (Hillman City Collaboratory, Fri)

“Le Petit Mort’s Anthology of Erotic Esoterica.” (The Conservatory, Fri)

“Andy Miller’s Sweethearts of Comedy.” (Mollusk, Fri)


Wooden Boat Festival. (Lake Union Park, Sat thru Tue)


Opening of “Bowie by Mick Rock” photo exhibit. (MoPOP, Sat)

Vera Project Search Party with the Sonics, the Struts, Pistol Fire, Thunderpussy. (Seattle Center, Sat)

Queen with Adam Lambert. (KeyArena, Sat)

Thermals, Bread & Butter, Jenn Champion. (Waterfront Park, Sat, free)

Jessie Reyez. (Columbia City Theater, Sat)

Canada Day comedy show with Andy Haynes, Wilfred Padua, Gavin Matts. (Scratch Deli, Sat)

Streetlight Manifesto, Jeny Owen Youngs, Ogikubo Station. (Showbox Sodo, Sat)

Lubomyr Melnyk. (Chapel Performance Space, Sat)

“Treasure Island” group art exhibit. (Studio E, Sat)

Seattle Outdoor Cinema presents “Shaun of the Dead.” (South Lake Union Discovery Center, Sat)

Tangerine (farewell show), Faula Shade, Emma Lee Toyoda. (Neumos, Sat)


Ween. (Marymoor Park, Sun)

“Reclamation: A Benefit Dance Show for Syrian Refugees.” (Columbia City Theater, Sun)

Impeachment March. (Seattle Center to Federal Building, Sun)

W.S. and Company presents “Stars and Garters” burlesque show. (Rendezvous, Sun)

Dead Ships, Ian Crawford & the Famous Last Words, Alec Shaw, Joe August. (Barboza, Sun)

“Loudmouth Cunts: A Female Identified Comedy Showcase.” (Highline, Sun)

Murder By Death, Tiger Army, Tim Barry. (Showbox, Sun)




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