Maloofs are willing?
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says he expects the Maloof brothers are willing to sell to a Sacramento group that is bidding for the NBA Kings. Johnson made the remarks as he was preparing to board a plane for Dallas where he'll attend the NBA Board of Governors meeting. The board is supposed to decide on Wednesday whether the team can move to Seattle. The Maloofs, of course, just negotiated a backup deal with the Chris Hansen-led investment group that would give the Seattle investor 20 percent ownership of the team, even if the league rejects his bid to bring the Kings to Seattle. Johnson apparently failed to cite a reason for his belief, so we'll take that to mean his statement about the Maloofs is as rational as everything else about the NBA. But we give Johnson this: There's every reason to think he's right to be optimistic about keeping the team in Sacramento.
Seattle School Board
One well-connected candidate, Suzanne Dale Estey, has filed to run for the Seattle School Board vacancy created by Michael DeBell's decision not to seek a third-term. Dale Estey's impressive resume includes high-level staff positions with former King County Executive Ron Sims and Gov. Gary Locke. Until last year, she was director of economic development for the city of Renton. Dale Estey also served as White House associate director of intergovernmental affairs during the Clinton administration. She already has an endorsement from former Seattle School Board member Peter Maier, a sure sign she'll be a target for critics of school reform. As of noon today, she was the the only candidate to file for a Seattle School Board post. The positions held by Kay Smith-Blum and Betty Patu are also up for grabs this year. Patu is expected to seek re-election; Smith-Blum recently said she was undecided. Candidates must file this week.
Bellevue checking climate resiliency
Bellevue will hold a neighborhood forum this evening on how climate change will affect the city. It looks like a strong panel with Kevin Wilhelm, Bainbridge Graduate Institute faculty member and author of "Return on Sustainability," Ross Macfarlane of Climate Solutions, Lara Whitely Binder of the University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group, and Todd Myers of the Washington Policy Center. The event is at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 450 110th Avenue NE.
Inslee non-commital on DUI switch
The National Transportation Safety Board today said it wants states to substantially lower the threshold at which drivers are considered "under the influence" of alcohol. The recommendation calls for charges when a driver's blood alcohol content is .05 percent, rather than the current .08. The NTSB says the United States is one of the few developed countries that allows driving above the .05 level.
A spokesperson said Gov. Jay Inslee hasn't seen the science behind the recommendation, and that the idea probably wouldn't be a topic for the special session of the Legislature, even though Inslee is pushing legislators for tougher drunk-driving penalties.
Some reports say that, under the proposed standard, a glass of wine would make many women unable to drive. NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman takes issue with that idea. The NTSB also voted to approve a report calling for development of in-vehicle detection devices, imposing a requirement of interlock devices on all offenders' vehicles and nearly 20 other steps.
We're No. 10
Washington's technology workers are the third highest paid in the country, notes The Seattle Times' Brier Dudley. Average comp: more than $110,000. But in terms of the total number of tech industry workers, the TechAmerica Foundation also found Washington only 10th nationally. And — lest we forget on a day when Gov. Inslee signed a bill to require school districts to offer more advanced computer classes — most of those workers are getting their education somewhere else.
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