NBA: Expansion is out
NBA Commissioner David Stern said today that either Seattle or Sacramento is going to be disappointed, according to the Sacramento Bee and other media. As Sportspress Northwest interprets it, this isn't the first time Stern has said there will be no make-everyone-happy expansion solution, but his repetition of the message underlines the NBA's rejection of the (sensible) option. Stern also said the final decision won't come until May 13, or close to that date. A committee of league owners will make its recommendation on Monday, instead of tomorrow, as Stern had earlier indicated.
Seattle Schools Superintendent José Banda said today that there are approximately 80 high school seniors who are in danger of being unable to graduate this year solely because they are coming up short on new state math requirements. In a letter to the students and their families, Banda said the district has concluded it can't get a waiver. He outlined a host of options, including retaking an end-of-course exam for either algebra or geometry and using SAT/ACT test scores as an alternative demonstration of competence.
Banda notes that some of the options would mean waiting until November to receive a diploma. OK, but in a city with tons of brilliant science and math workers, isn't there a way to mobilize enough volunteer tutors or mentors to make sure this doesn't happen in the future?
Federal authorities today arrested a Renton man for offering fake Dale Chihuly glass pieces and paintings. Sadly, the case that brought it to attention involved a man who had wanted to donate works by Chihuly to a museum at Gonzaga University and ended up spending $22,000. Jen Graves, The Stranger's outstanding arts critic, asks about the case against Michael Little:
If the accusations are true, I wonder: Were they good forgeries? Chihuly has expert glassblowers fabricating his pieces, and he employs at least one man who specializes in making his splattery paintings. Who made these forgeries? Little himself? Or was he just the trafficker?
Chihuly is noted for his arguably over-aggressive assertion of rights. But, if the allegations are true, this sounds like one of the meanest and oldest tricks in the arts theft world.
There have been calls for a moratorium on apodment construction in Seattle. Part of the concern comes from the city's exemption of the new units from normal neighborhood notification and design rules (How on Earth does a city manage to come up with something that goofy just to promote density?). But, as Seattle Times editorial writer Thanh Tan notes in an excellent, video-illustrated posting this afternoon, fixing the shortcoming doesn't require a moratorium. And it's possible to mix quality with micro-housing.
Tan includes a neat ABC News video from Tokyo that is very informative, even kind of inspirational. But a couple of points that ought to raise questions in Seattle: The best Japanese apodments seem to have kitchens in each unit, unlike what the city is encouraging. And note that even the tiny units featured in Tokyo seem to be larger than some of the 150 to 200 square feet apartments that have been mentioned here.
Sound Transit is breaking ground on a 1.6 mile extension of its Link lightrail line, which currently ends at Sea-Tac Airport. The extension, which will end at a new station at Angle Lake, is expected to be finished in 2016, four years ahead of an original promise to voters. Finally, a good rail option for the growing communities of Des Moines, Kent and south SeaTac. The event is at 11 a.m. Friday at 19863 28th Avenue S., SeaTac. Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee will speak. Details here.
Like what you just read? Support high quality local journalism. Become a member of Crosscut today!