Sacramento wants Hansen to clean up
A Sacramento group is calling on Chris Hansen to deal with the consequences of his recently exposed sneak-contribution. Hansen gave $100,000 to a group that's trying to put a measure on the ballot to halt construction of a new sports arena in the California capital. DowntownArena.org this morning issued an open letter asking Hansen, "as the true owner" of the petitions, to stop the group he supported from using the anti-arena signatures already gathered.
"We know you have the ability to meet this request," says the DowntownArena letter. But the authors don't spell out exactly how Hansen should go about recalling the signatures. The group argues that only this step can show Hansen is sincere in his apology for secretly underwriting the anti-arena effort in Sacramento. DowntownArena is pursuing another effort: getting people to sign forms to withdraw their signatures legally. Of course, as Art Thiel wrote Monday on Crosscut, Hansen's own statement about the revelation said he regretted his contribution without actually apologizing for making it.
Election endorsement in Bellevue
Updated at 4:30 p.m.
After narrowly failing to make it through the Aug. 6 primary, Bellevue City Councilman Don Davidson has endorsed Vandana Slatter as his replacement. Davidson finished third behind Lynne Robinson, the top vote-getter, and second-place Slatter in the primary. Only Robinson and Slatter advanced. It was one of the closest major races in the county. Fewer than 250 votes separate Davidson and Slatter for second place. Robinson captured nearly half the vote, taking home 48.2 percent compared to 26.3 percent for Slatter and 25.1 for Davidson.
King County certified the final results of the Aug. 6 primary election late this afternoon (the full tabulation is here).
Sally Jewell: Time to rev it up?
After all the local excitement about Sally Jewell's appointment as Secretary of the Interior, environmental groups are worried about her lackluster start. In a column first posted late last night, Joel Connelly of seattlepi.com joins the worriers — and offers a series of suggestions for Jewell. Joel says Jewell needs to get out of the clutches of bureaucrats, hire some trusted advisors who will have her back, start making make bold decisions for the environment and engaging the cerebral Prez on an outdoors issue or two.
Fortune 500 giant Kimberly-Clark Corp. is asking the city of Everett to let it off the hook for planting grass on the 66 acres where it recently demolished a paper mill that had employed 700 people. An editorial in The Herald today urges the city to stand firm against leaving Kimberly-Clark's waterfront property in crushed concrete. Kimberly-Clark's position, reported in a story with a barren-looking photo, is that potential buyers will feel reassured by a gravelly industrial look. "The visual message of a crushed concrete surface reaffirms ... that the property is zoned for 'industrial use' and is not destined to become a park or remain open space."
The United States Geological Services reported a 3.6 magnitude earthquake about five miles northwest of Gig Harbor just after 11:40 a.m. Tuesday. The quake was mild, and according to USGS, had a depth of about 7.3 miles. No injuries or damage were immediately reported, but Twitter showed a number of people felt some shaking.
Mike Leach on hunting, in-laws and rugby
Washington State head football coach Mike Leach is known for his pirate antics. A few years back, he penned his first book, with Bruce Feldman, titled "Swing your Sword." Apparently, he can handle a gun pretty well too. The quirky football coach chatted with SportsPressNW.com recently about everything from rugby to law school, including his hunting trip to New Zealand this offseason. He said he got an elk and a tahr (Himalayan mountain goat). Leach, who played rugby at BYU instead of college football, talked about how he got his break in coaching by dropping out of law school for an assistant position at Cal Poly that paid $3,000 at the time. While the decision has paid off now (to the tune of his $2.25 million annual salary), it didn't go over so well with his in-laws at the time.
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