Friday 17 Apr, 2015 Is that a petition in your pocket? West Coast beaches overrun with blue jellyfish. The world according to Jeb. Drivers beware: I-90 Westbound lane closures at 3:54pm by Cody Olsen For anyone trying to get into Seattle this weekend to support the Mariners, or partake in some other springtime activity, fair warning: Westbound I-90 will likely be a nightmare. From 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday all I-90 westbound traffic between Bellevue Way SE to Rainier Ave S. will be diverted to the two express lanes, allowing WSDOT contractors to work inside the Mercer Tunnel and Mount Baker Tunnel. If you find yourself stuck in the construction-induced traffic this weekend, take solace — if you can — that these delays are to allow crews to improve the traffic flow on I-90 for the future, by adding HOV lanes to the outer general purpose lanes, and also prepare the center roadway for Sound Transit’s light rail extension. For more info check out WSDOT’s project summary. Green protesters greet Shell oil rig in Port Angeles at 2:48pm by Marissa Brent-Tookey KING 5 News reports that the Blue Marlin, toting a Shell oil rig bound for the Arctic, has reached Port Angeles. Next stop: Seattle. As it headed into Port Angeles today, the ship was met by protesters in kayaks, who wielded a “SHELLNO.ORG” banner. As Martha Baskin’s story for Crosscut from earlier this week reports, more protests are expected when the rig, scheduled to work in the Arctic this summer, arrives in Seattle. Mayor Murray plans 100-bed shelter for homeless at 2:41pm by David Kroman Following a recommendation from his Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness, Mayor Ed Murray is announcing plans to partner with Downtown Emergency Services Centers to establish a new 100-bed homeless shelter at a City-owned property. According to a statement from the mayor’s office, the project will cost $350,000. “The City,” the statement says, “is working with the Human Services Department and Finance and Administrative Services Department to identify a City-owned property that is appropriate for temporary housing.” The announcement comes as advocates and city officials grapple with what to do with the region’s growing homeless population — up 21 percent in 2014, according to King County’s One Night Count — despite Seattle spending more on services than any U.S. city but New York and Los Angeles. In the background of the city’s efforts to bring down the number of homeless is the question of what to do about “public disorder,” or low-level crimes committed in busy parts of downtown. In the Seattle Times today, the two issues seem to be equated, if not explicitly, in a report on the extent of the county’s prosecution of drug charges. And as a ban on smoking in parks is considered, some wonder if this is not also a clean-up effort aimed at Seattle’s homeless. Regardless, this announcement caps a busy week of action from the mayor’s office on homelessness. On Wednesday, Murray unveiled five new youth shelter beds and on Thursday, he announced $620,000 in funding for more rapid re-housing programs. Kickstarting Seattle at 2:32pm by Marissa Brent-Tookey Seattle is fifth on the list of most Kickstarter projects launched among major U.S. cities. Seattle loves crowdfunding, and it seems that crowdfunding loves Seattle. PSBJ finds that Seattle-based projects on Kickstarter have a 33 percent higher success rate than the global average, with 51.3 percent of funding goals reached. The city’s top project types include publishing, arts and games. Sean Kemp reigns on OKC's misery at 11:34am by Joe Copeland Former Sonic superstar Sean Kemp cemented himself a little deeper in the city’s heart by holding a party on Thursday night to celebrate a flop: The Oklahoma City Thunder failed to make the NBA playoffs. (With the league’s bloated post-season formula, that’s some feat, even with the unfortunate injury to the Thunder’s classy superstar, Kevin Durant.) Maybe the best part of Kemp’s party: It made news in Oklahoma City — where we’re guessing the not-so-classy owners of the Thunder keep up with what’s reported locally about their team. Inslee turns up the heat on Kelley at 11:32am by Mark Matassa More pressure this morning on State Auditor Troy Kelley to resign immediately. In what the Seattle Times calls an “unsubtle letter” to the auditor, Gov. Jay Inslee said it’s time to go. The “grand jury indictment makes it clear that you can no longer serve the citizens of Washington as state auditor,” reads the letter, adding later: “But you have now been indicted for the very type of conduct that your office is tasked with regulating; in turn, you have lost the public’s trust.” Kelley maintains his innocence. Meet Dan Price, CEO who cut his pay to raise workers' at 8:03am by Mary Bruno The recent news of Price’s decision to draw from his own $1 million salary so that all his Gravity Payments’ employees would make a minimum $70,000 per year went viral. Naturally, Price took a spin on the talk show circuit, with appearances on NBC’s Today Show and E!Online. But long before his 15 minutes of fame, GeekWire reminds us, Dan Price was a guest at this year’s GeekWire Startup Day. Here’s what he had to say back then: Whooping cough spiking in WA State at 8:00am by Mary Bruno The state Department of Health currently reports 319 cases of whooping cough. Last year at this time, there were 49. Health officials tell The Seattle Times that vaccinating pregnant women, kids and teenagers is the best way to contain the spread. Pot industry in Washington about to change at 7:33am by Robert LeCompte Credit: Laurie Avocado A bill that just passed both the State House and Senate would close practically all Washington’s medical marijuana dispensaries, reports The Stranger. Medical marijuana would instead be sold through recreational pot outlets that have been authorized to sell the medical product as well. These stores would employ people trained in the medicinal qualities of different pot varieties; stores would also have to abide by rules and regulations governing the sale of medicinal marijuana, something dispensaries are not now required to do. A few medical marijuana stores may be allowed to survive. Priority will be given to dispensaries that have already applied to make the change. The bill will also affect patients. They can choose to sign up for a registry, which would let them to buy three ounces of marijuana at a time (considerably less than the current 24-ounce limit). The registry also qualifies patients to grow up to six marijuana plants, instead of the current 15. The downside? The federal government has been known to prosecute people for purchasing marijuana, which is still a federal offense. Truck rolls on I-5 releasing load of honeybees at 7:25am by Mary Bruno A truck load of honeybees were freed when the semi hauling them rolled over at the I-5, I-405 interchange near Lynnwood. The Seattle Times reports that beekeepers are on the scene trying to round up the free bees. (Yeah, good luck with that.) “Everybody’s been stung,” Sgt. Ben Lewis of the State Patrol told the Times. West Coast beaches overrun with blue jellyfish at 5:30am by Mark Matassa The coolest science story of the week was the report of thousands — millions, even billions in some accounts — of jellyfish-like creatures called Velella velella washing ashore in Oregon, Washington and California. The creatures normally float atop the ocean in huge groups, but their distinctive blue-jelly fin acts like a sail. Occasionally, including this week, a strong wind will push entire squadrons of them onto the beach, where they die, reports The Oregonian. The world according to Jeb at 5:25am by Mark Matassa Over the years, many Republican activists and strategists have described Jeb Bush as more moderate and, frankly, sharper than his famous brother, President George W. Bush. But now that Jeb is exploring a presidential run next year, his positions and even his speech sound pretty familiar, says the Washington Post. One example, he promises to root out “barbarians” and “evildoers” around the globe. ‘Can you hear the boos, Fernando?’ at 5:20am by Mark Matassa The Mariners had the day off Thursday, but that’s no reason for the apparently growing throng of Fernando Rodney critics to rest too. Rodney’s the team’s always gut-wrenching “closer”— entering the game in the ninth inning, shutting down opponents, protecting the Mariners’ lead and sealing the win with a save. So far this season, not so much. On the other hand, he hasn’t had to break out his annoying trademark move, pretending to take an arrow out of a quiver and firing it into the sky when he saves a game. A couple of fans have rewritten new lyrics for the old ABBA song “Fernando,” reports The Seattle Times. Check it out. State auditor vows to fight tax-fraud indictment at 5:17am by Mark Matassa In a late follow-up to yesterday’s news that he was indicted on 10 counts, Troy Kelley declared his innocence and said his actions have been “squarely in line with industry practices” He’ll take a leave of absence but Gov. Jay Inslee and other leaders called on Kelley to resign. The Seattle Times has an updated story with a video of Kelley’s comments. Is that a petition in your pocket? at 5:02am by Mark Matassa In the political equivalent of a tough guy flashing a pistol in his waistband, gun advocates in Oregon are staring down gun-control supporters in the Legislature with recall petitions. It’s a tactic that could spread, says The Oregonian.