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SPU has a message for all the ladies out there

Seattle apparently has a garbage problem, but it’s not the thing about the $1 composting charge that got Joni Balter’s knickers in a bunch on KUOW last week. No, it’s…a more personal thing.

A feminine thing.

We’ll give you one clue:

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In a press release today, SPU implored that people stop flushing “anything but toilet paper or human waste.”

Oh, sure, they listed all kinds of other nefarious items, like “paper towels, facial tissue, cotton swabs, personal and baby wipes, hair, dental floss… condoms**, and cat litter,” but let’s be honest: Any lady or female-identified person who’s ever been in a women’s public bathroom literally ever has seen the sign that flush-shames us all for flushing our used ‘pons.

So, just to recap:

Turds = Ok!

TP = Ok!

Tampons = FUCK NO.

**Wait is flushing condoms a big issue? Y’all are gross. 

Pot shop #3! It is coming!

Tomorrow at **giggle** 4:20pm, according to their Facebook page. 

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^^Get your papers ready!

OG will be located on 97th and Aurora, which means we now have North Seattle covered-ish, as well. Fun fact: The owner, who emigrated from Albania, according to the Seattle Times, is also a real estate agent. So that’s pretty cool. Now if only we could get the supply chain issue figured out, we’d be on our way. 

In case you are one of the seven people in this city who care what Sam Bellomio might be doing with his time since he is officially still banned from attending City Council meetings…

He is doing this. In front of a Christmas tree and a fish tank, while a little dog watches on uncaringly.

If he and his crony Zimerman are ever allowed back in Council chambers and start in with their “you’re a nazi” bullshit, just remember, this guy goes by “likwidsam” down in the warehouses.

Dear Tom and Dave: STOP.

As you definitely already know, Tom Morello and Dave Meinert are in a very-public fight that everyone and their mom has weighed in.

Originally, we were taking the position, to quote Dave himself, of “I couldn’t give less of a shit.” Mostly, we were sad because Q13 used the word “epic” in their reporting of something that is in fact, not at all epic. 

But then…it just kept goingAnd going. And still going.

And it somehow looped in the fight for $15 (hey, Tom, we got that covered, but thanks?) and got a name (Pancakegate, to which we can just shake our heads and sigh) and now it’s become a way bigger conversation about dive bars, bouncers, business owners, musicians, and entitlement. 

But if you take a step back, it really just looks like two dads at a kids’ birthday party who drank too much beer and got in a slap fight outside in the yard, and while everyone looking on wants to break it up because eughhhhh guys just stop, we can’t bring ourselves to because, well, we like to gawk.

We don’t want to gawk anymore. It’s not fun and it’s not helpful and it’s not good for anyone. So guys, like your crying kids sitting on the curb waiting to swing at the piñata, we beg of you: Stop. Shake hands and walk away. 

Can someone please explain why other than the two meetings on the  on the dock for today, it appears that the King County Council has cancelled all their committee meetings for the months of October and November. 
Are they just mic dropping after Monday’s big “we saved Metro what did you ever do decision?” Can you just do one high-profile thing and then call it good for the next couple of months? Are they just like…

Can someone please explain why other than the two meetings on the  on the dock for today, it appears that the King County Council has cancelled all their committee meetings for the months of October and November. 

Are they just mic dropping after Monday’s big “we saved Metro what did you ever do decision?” Can you just do one high-profile thing and then call it good for the next couple of months? Are they just like…

The rules were largely aimed at Zimerman and his fellow commenter Sam Bellomio, two members of “StandUP-America” (Zimerman identifies himself as the putative organization’s president), who have routinely disrupted council meetings by shouting at council members that they’re “Nazis,” “communists,” “dirty motherfuckers,” and “the Gestapo.” Zimerman also regularly addresses council members as, for example, “Heil Fuhrer Bagshaw,” while brandishing his arm in a Nazi salute.

If you ever want to bro-down super hard with any of the dorks cool kids like us who just really love public commentary, bring up this pair of dudes, who are so notorious, there are literally rules made to keep them from disrupting civic engagement. 

Much applause to Publicola for covering this subject that literally only seven of us in town care about, but those of us who do care, care really fucking deeply. 

We’re getting another pot shop!

On none other than 23rd and Union. 

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Called “Uncle Ike’s,” this is Seattle’s second weed store. It’s owned by the same dude who owns the Neighbor Lady, the bar which took the space of Thompson’s Point of View when it closed (RIP) a few years ago. 

Of the state’s 60ish pot shops that have been allowed to open, only about half have actually done so, due to a shortage of licensed growers — just one of many hiccups in the state’s weed workflow. Still, we have the faith that it’ll get worked out, though the opening of Uncle Ike’s does lend some credibility to the fear that, due to draconian zoning rules (thanks, City Council), the supply of these places will likely be centralized in neighborhoods that are far outside the downtown core, like the CD and SoDo. Also, we’re a little line-mouth that so far, both of the pot shops are owned by white dudes, but…you know. 

Read more about it on the Slog. 

JK. County Council does take-backs on transit cuts.

Today the King County Council voted to not approve any of the bus cuts that we’ve all been railing against. Like, none. Everything we’ve been terrified about, lamented, cursed…just poof. Not gonna happen. The ultimate just kidding moment.

 

This can happen because cuts needed to be approved by the County Council in order to be implemented. No approval, no cuts. 

Other than the buses that saw their demise on Saturday, all routes will stay just as they are now. 

How the fuck did this happen? 

Well, first sales tax revenues skyrocketed thanks to job growth, high wages, and economic prosperity. Since sales taxes fund Metro, increases in taxes spell good news for the proverbial fare box. Good news to the tune of about $260 million dollars, the projected surplus Metro is expecting within four years. 

Then of course there are the “efficiencies” Metro has created, including cutting over 325 jobs, deciding to lessen the amount of money they sack away for new buses, and projecting a big drop in the cost of diesel. 

And, we’re not accountants but when you have less minuses and more pluses, you end up better than you were before. 

So here we are, better than we were before. 

What this means for Proposition 1’s  passage in November is unknown. All these savings are based on a whole lot of maybes: maybe gas prices will stay low, maybe sales tax will stay high. It leaves Metro perpetually wishing and hoping that things don’t change. 

Passage of Proposition 1 at this point could ensure that Metro has a long-term sustainable funding mechanism that protects the city of Seattle from the whims of fate, And more importantly it could create the desperately needed revenue to grow and expand transit services. 

No one thinks the status quo is good enough when it comes to Metro, but protecting it was the order of the day. Now that a new dawn has come, let’s keep moving full steam ahead to create a transit system which efficiently moves people everywhere they need to go. 

Don’t stop fighting for bus service until we get enough.