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Morning Fizz: Who's behind the web site?

Caffeinated news and gossip starring: McGinn's campaign consultant; the arena proposal; the Cascade Bicycle Club; Mike O'Brien; gay marriage; and a constitutional amendment.
Mayor Mike McGinn and County Executive Dow Constantine discuss a plan for a new arena in Seattle during a Feb. 16 press conference.

Mayor Mike McGinn and County Executive Dow Constantine discuss a plan for a new arena in Seattle during a Feb. 16 press conference. Office of the Mayor

Obviously, yesterday's tragic shootings are the top news. PI.com coverage here, Seattle Times coverage here.

Here's your daily caffeinated political news and gossip.

1. Chris Hansen, the media-shy San Francisco hedge fund manager who has proposed a new basketball arena in SoDo, rolled out a promotional web site, SonicsArena.com, and says he'll hold a rally for Sonics supporters in Occidental Park in Pioneer Square on June 14. 

Bringing the Sonics back to Seattle could be a major shot in the arm for Mayor Mike McGinn, whose approval rating earlier this month was just 32 percent

So it's interesting to note who's behind the pro-arena web site: McGinn's 2009 campaign consultant, Bill Broadhead. 

Broadhead says his firm, the Mercury Group, put the web site together pro bono, both "to help out our partner Bob Gogerty, who is working for Hansen" and "because we're huge basketball fans."

2. Here's some counterintuitive political analysis on the "shot in the arm" theory, though. Bringing the Sonics back to town seems like a no-brainer play for McGinn to revive his popularity. But consider: his political base, progressives, don't support public investments in corporate sports. And the people who are jazzed (besides suburban dudes who can't vote for McGinn anyway)  the downtown business community — can't stand McGinn no matter what he does.

So, what's the win for McGinn? There really isn't one. Which makes Fizz, basketball fans ourselves, kind of like the guy for once.

3. The Cascade Bicycle Club, which prompted loud pushback from Sound Transit after it sent out an email blast accusing the agency of doing a "backroom deal" to push a "$40 million, 900-car parking garage" (Sound Transit claims the garage won't cost anywhere near $40 million and may be only 600 spaces), doubled down yesterday, accusing the agency in a second email blast of hatching a "backroom deal" that's even "worse than we thought." 

Noting that Sound Transit itself estimates that 90 percent of Northgate riders will eventually get to the new light rail station by walking, biking, or on transit, the letter accuses the agency of proposing to spend "$40 million of limited taxpayer dollars on a 900-stall parking garage, while tossing a few scraps at making it easier for people to safely access the station on bike, foot or transit.

Then, tossing in a little Occupy rhetoric for good measure, the letter continues: "Instead of working to figure out how they can provide the 90 percent of people who will access the station on bike, foot or transit with safe and convenient ways to get there, Sound Transit might spend tens of millions of dollars benefiting the 10 percent at the expense of everyone else."

"That's just not fair." 

The Sound Transit board will hold a meeting on the Northgate proposal in North Seattle on June 4. 

4. Learn not to trust the Fizz: Defying our (perhaps cynical) prediction that he would have trouble raising $10,000 in $10 contributions by the end of May, City Councilmember Mike O'Brien announced yesterday that with two days to go, he was just $750 short of his goal. O'Brien looked to fill the gap at a neighborhood happy hour in the Central District last night.

5. Yesterday's Fizz had a rumor-y item about the anti-gay marriage campaign. Proponents of R-74, the pro-gay marriage campaign, said the anti side was shy on its signature goal (they need 120,000 valid signatures by June 6) and had resorted to paid signature gathering.


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Comments:

Posted Thu, May 31, 2:16 p.m. Inappropriate

#!. No big surprise, but interesting.

I wonder if the pro-transit folks have considered that Metro will have to find money to mitigate the transit issues around a new stadium. Between the added surface traffic from construction and completion of the tunnel, the fact that buses will be placed back onto 1st Ave (they pulled these off a year ago because of congestion around the stadiums), and the results being that people in West Seattle and the Southend will not have reliable bus service downtown, it would be interesting to see what Metro or the driver's union has to say about it. I also have to wonder how many people who do not live in the "walkable" parts of the city who rely on the buses to get to work downtown will have to say when they have to sit on a hot sweaty Metro bus in arena traffic.

But Hansen says it's all good, so why worry about it?

Godwin

Posted Thu, May 31, 5:39 p.m. Inappropriate

Deticated taxes, like for Metro bus service will not go toward paying off the bonds but will go to Metro. Metro will get an increase in funds.

Have you actually read the MOU?

Mr Baker

Posted Thu, May 31, 2:35 p.m. Inappropriate

Re #6: How about working to outlaw public employee unions?

BlueLight

Posted Thu, May 31, 2:43 p.m. Inappropriate

Are you on the Seattle Times editorial board; is that you Frank?

louploup

Posted Thu, May 31, 4:02 p.m. Inappropriate

FYI,
Frank is a hardcore Democrat - the family has always supported the party all the way back to the party roots ..... you ever read up on those roots ? Freaky !
Yes, you are I guess, another supporter of everything you think you hate.

Jamesa

Posted Thu, May 31, 2:40 p.m. Inappropriate

#2. I don't think McGinn has a "political base" any more. Developers maybe, but certainly not progressives, who do not favor giving all power to the new urbanist crowd and City Hall insiders.

louploup

Posted Thu, May 31, 2:52 p.m. Inappropriate

Wall $treet speculators seem to be his forte these days. And you only need a few of them to win elections.

Godwin

Posted Thu, May 31, 4:23 p.m. Inappropriate

Wow, so even the "progressives" are abandoning him? Ain't that special!

NotFan

Posted Fri, Jun 1, 5:55 p.m. Inappropriate

The Senator from Moses Lake can spend the rest of her living days fighting for the right of 17 state Senators to have the power over everyone else in the state. Good luck to her.

In the meantime, people around here ought to be demanding that folks in the rural counties start paying their own way, end their dependence on King county residents when it comes to paying their bills, and stop holding back the places that are actually growing jobs and opportunity.

Let's end every subsidy to the rural counties and assure that taxes paid in each county are returned to each county. Then provide each county in the state with the opportunity to seek voter approval for anything they want more of to build great places and smart people.

End the freeloading and the socialist policies that prop up the places that suck the future away from the places that can thrive and lift up everyone else. Surely the good Senator from the 26th will support that.

Jan

Posted Fri, Jun 1, 10:39 p.m. Inappropriate

This has been explained before, but maybe you didn't catch it. Most of the "subsidies" supposedly paid to rural counties above and beyond what they pay in taxes are to build roads. The trucks that use those roads aren't busy shipping food, fuel and consumer goods from small town to small town. They're shipping it from big city to big city.

The dollars may be spent in rural counties, but they're spent for smug, urban liberals like you. Even though you obviously look down on them, you benefit from what those rural counties produce, whether you choose to acknowledge it or not.

Aaron30

Posted Sat, Jun 2, 12:02 a.m. Inappropriate

Sorry to see left-wing Socialists from "The Stranger" now writing on THIS web site. Last time I checked, Seattle was still a LIBERAL city, not a SOCIALIST city.

Tom9

Posted Sun, Jun 3, 8:37 p.m. Inappropriate

Why did the typeface in the article change? Jumpy, hard to read.

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