Fans of Seattle’s ‘til 8 p.m. parking meters will be happy to know that the program is expanding! The Seattle Times reports that would-be parkers in parts of Ballard, Capitol Hill, Fremont, Cherry Hill and Green Lake will have to feed the meter until 8 p.m. Seattle’s Department of Transportation is in the process of calibrating (and recalibrating) its meter network so that supply comports with demand. The “goal,” says SDOT, “is one to two available spaces on a block throughout the day, which translates to a target occupancy range of 70 percent — 85 percent.”
To that end, drivers will endure a lot of tweaking in the next few months as SDOT tries to find the sweet spot for various city zones. Rates in some areas will vary based on time of day ($3 per hour in the a.m.; $4 in the p.m in Pioneer Square) and season (Ballard Locks parking will double to $2 in summertime). It's like parking roulette. The good news is that rates in five areas will actually go down. Not so, the city’s parking meter revenue, which is on the rise. — M.B.
JBLM won't receive immigrant kids
4:05 p.m. No migrant children from Central America will be sheltered at Joint Base Lewis McChord, according to Congressman Denny Heck. The U.S. representative said on Tuesday that he received word about the decision from the federal Department of Health and Human Services. JBLM was one of a handful of military bases under consideration to help house some of the 52,000 unaccompanied migrant children who have flooded over the U.S.-Mexico border. Already three military bases are housing 7,700 minors, but HHS has decided to shut down the expensive, temporary shelters to find a more permanent solution, according to Politico. HHS also pointed out that the tide of minors crossing the border slowed in July.
“This situation will not go simply go away because the children are not staying in our district,” Rep. Heck said in a press statement. “I support providing emergency funding to provide adequate assistance to care for the children, as well as resources for proper immigration proceedings.” -- M.L.
Can a California billionaire buy WA's climate cooperation?
Billionaire Tom Steyer, a California hedge fund manager, plans to pump lots of money into several Washington state Senate races in an attempt to clear the way for Gov.Jay Inslee's climate change measures, the New York Times reported Sunday. Steyer's organization, NextGen Climate, has registered as a political action committee with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission.
Inslee is looking at pitching a carbon tax, a cap-and-trade-system and other measures to combat carbon emissions and ocean acidification in the 2015 legislative session. Steyer pumped $250,000 into Democrat Nathan Schlicher's unsuccessful defense of his 26th District Senate seat against Republican Jan Angel in a 2013 special election. Right now, the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus — with a 26-23 advantage in seats — can stop Inslee's plans. The Times wrote that Steyer is targeting a half-dozen Senate races, but could not find out which ones. — J.S.
Ballmer talks Clippers and SoDo Arena, while golfing
Steve Ballmer may have his eyes — and his money — on Los Angeles, but he still has a soft spot for the Emerald City. In his first public comments since buying the L.A. Clippers (for $2 billion) the former Microsoft CEO confirmed two things: He won’t be moving the Clippers to Seattle, and he will remain a partner in the SoDo land deal that could spawn a future NBA arena, according to KING 5. “It’s my dream to have a team in Seattle — spent some time on that, wish that had worked,” said Ballmer, during a charity golf tourney in Snoqualmie on Monday. ““It is really unfortunate the greatest city in the world doesn’t have a professional basketball team ... With luck it maybe happens in the next few years. If it takes more than that, I’ve decided this was the best path for me to take.” — M.L.
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