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Seattle Elites Coordinated A PR Campaign In Response To ‘Seattle Is Dying´ replies
Posted by Ron_lfp 4/20/2019 11:27:22 AM Post Reply
Last month I wrote about an extraordinary news special produced by station KOMO in Seattle. Provocatively titled “Seattle is Dying” the hour-long special argued that the homeless problem in the city was a disaster for residents thanks to policies that let people with addictions or mental problems live in a law-free zone on the city’s streets... Earlier this month, leaked documents revealed that a group of prominent nonprofits—the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Campion Advocacy Fund, the Raikes Foundation, and the Ballmer Group—hired a PR firm, Pyramid Communications, to conduct polling, create messaging
Council approves $100,000 to
bus homeless out of King County
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Posted by Ron_lfp 11/21/2019 11:25:23 AM Post Reply
SEATTLE — King County Council approved $100,000 in funding Wednesday for a program that would bus the homeless outside the county. Council members earmarked the money as part of $450 million in supplemental funding for the 2019-2021 biennial budget. Other items in the supplemental budget included money for more electric vehicle chargers ...
Sound Transit will keep collecting its car-tab
taxes, despite I-976 vote
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Posted by Ron_lfp 11/23/2019 2:08:23 PM Post Reply
Sound Transit will continue to collect car-tab taxes but avoid suing to overturn Tim Eyman’s tax-cutting Initiative 976, approved by voters statewide this month. That strategy emerged from a transit-board meeting Thursday in which Eyman said he will run for governor against Democratic incumbent Jay Inslee, [cut] Vehicle owners will see the “RTA Excise Tax” for Sound Transit listed on their car-tab bills in the mail, even after most of I-976 takes effect Dec. 5.
Judge closes Third Avenue entrance to King
County Courthouse, citing security concerns
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Posted by Ron_lfp 12/3/2019 11:30:09 AM Post Reply
A judge ordered Monday that the Third Avenue entrance to the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle will be closed for the rest of the year, citing safety concerns. The court has received continued reports of assaults outside the courthouse, Presiding Judge Jim Rogers wrote in the order. Rogers, who has long been outspoken about what he perceives as a lack of security in the area, said litigants, jurors, attorneys and employees have reported being attacked. “These safety conditions have the effect of discouraging and denying access and therefore justice to all who would seek it from our Court,”
After dancer strips at Seattle conference
on homelessness, agency director suspended
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Posted by Ron_lfp 12/13/2019 10:11:04 AM Post Reply
The director of King County’s coordinating agency for homelessness is on paid leave following a dancer’s strip show at the agency’s annual conference on Monday. Performer Beyoncé Black St. James danced topless in a sheer bodysuit, gave lap dances and kissed attendees, according to a staffer at a local housing nonprofit who attended the conference in South Seattle.
‘I misspoke’: Rep. Adam Smith of Bellevue
backtracks after split with Nancy Pelosi
on impeachment strategy
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Posted by Ron_lfp 1/9/2020 1:37:43 PM Post Reply

U.S. Rep. Adam Smith caused a brief ruckus Thursday morning when he publicly broke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her delay in sending articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate. But within hours, Smith, D-Bellevue, fell back in line, saying he “misspoke.” Smith’s bad morning began with a CNN interview in which he said “it is time” to send the articles “and let Mitch McConnell be responsible for the fairness of the trial.” While he said it had been “perfectly advisable” for Pelosi to try to leverage a fair Senate trial that “would show evidence and bring out witnesses,” he concluded “at this point, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.”

Seattle City Council approves legislation
protecting renters from wintertime
evictions
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Posted by Ron_lfp 2/11/2020 10:50:04 AM Post Reply
The Seattle City Council voted Monday to prohibit some residential evictions during the winter, but altered what had been originally proposed by reducing the number of months the ban would be in effect. (snip) Councilmember Kshama Sawant, who sponsored the legislation, expressed disappointment with the amendments, calling them loopholes, but still celebrated the outcome.
Trump administration suing King County
to allow deportation flights from Boeing
Field
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Posted by Ron_lfp 2/11/2020 4:28:23 PM Post Reply
The U.S. Justice Department is suing King County to force it to allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation flights to leave from Boeing Field, U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced Monday. (snip) The lawsuit (snip) says the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause and federal law do not allow the county to discriminate against federal contractors
Where others failed, now Amazon is taking
up the case against the president
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Posted by Ron_lfp 2/12/2020 9:13:15 PM Post Reply
First to have a crack at it was Robert Mueller. Next up was Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats, who took a mighty swing but also whiffed. Could the one to finally strike a blow be … Amazon? The filings this week in an obscure federal contracting court by our Seattle tech bad boys made some headlines, mostly because Jeff Bezos and company are brazenly seeking to depose the baddest boy of all, Donald Trump.
Seattle City Councilmember Sawant says
her tax on big businesses would raise
$300 million a year
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Posted by Ron_lfp 2/13/2020 10:59:30 AM Post Reply
Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant outlined her new proposal Wednesday for a tax on big businesses such as Amazon, saying she intends to introduce legislation that would impose a payroll tax of 1.7% on the largest 3% of Seattle corporations, as measured by payroll in the city. The tax would apply to about 825 companies (those with at least $7 million in annual payroll) and would raise $300 million a year, Sawant said, citing work by the council’s central staff. Supermarkets would be exempted. She said her plan would direct 75% of the money raised by the tax to build affordable housing and 25% to
Oregon governor calls for breaching 4
Snake River dams; Washington’s GOP
House members outraged
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Posted by Ron_lfp 2/16/2020 9:41:50 PM Post Reply
SALEM, Oregon — The governor of Oregon has come out in favor of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state, saying that is the best way to increase endangered salmon runs. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter to Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee this week, offering her support for removing the dams. Washington, under an initiative spearheaded by Inslee, has been gathering information on what Northwest residents think about breaching the four dams. (snip) The letter outraged Washington state’s three Republican U.S. House members, who want to keep the dams
Judiciary Committee Dems hit with ethics
complaints over ‘suspicious’ conduct
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Posted by Ron_lfp 2/17/2020 10:50:50 AM Post Reply
EXCLUSIVE: Three Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee were hit with ethics complaints Wednesday, connected to a slew of alleged violations related to campaign fundraising. Nonprofit watchdog group Americans for Public Trust filed complaints with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) against Reps. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Lucy McBath, D-Ga., calling for investigations of possible violations of House rules and federal law.
Protests planned at Seattle-area Catholic
school over contested teacher resignations
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Posted by Ron_lfp 2/18/2020 10:47:43 AM Post Reply
Students, parents, and alumni are planning protests at Kennedy Catholic High School in Burien this week over the recent resignations of two teachers. School officials say the resignations were voluntary. But some say Paul Danforth and Michelle Beattie were forced out over their sexuality. Students plan to stage a protest inside the school on Tuesday morning. (snip) The controversy has already caught the eye of King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove,
Delays in 737 MAX certification flight may
push off Boeing’s goal to win approval
by midsummer
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Posted by Ron_lfp 2/22/2020 10:57:15 AM Post Reply
The critical flights on the updated Boeing 737 MAX that must be flown by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilots before the plane can be certified again are now unlikely to happen before late April, according to two people familiar with the details. The delay of more than a month from recent plans means that Boeing’s publicly announced goal of winning FAA approval to fly the plane again by “midsummer,” previously considered a very conservative schedule, now looks tight and could slip further.
‘Why should I bother to come downtown?’:
Macy’s closure highlights challenges for
Seattle’s retail core
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Posted by Ron_lfp 2/24/2020 10:35:39 AM Post Reply
Last Tuesday, as Carol Gable Hare picked through the clearance bargains at the Macy’s in downtown Seattle, the longtime customer found herself wondering if she would keep shopping downtown after the store — one of her favorites — shuts down Sunday. “You have that feeling of, ‘Well, why should I bother to come downtown?’” said the Queen Anne resident. “Which is sad.” Gable Hare isn’t the only one asking that question.
Mike Lull, the boss of bass guitars for bands
like Heart, Cheap Trick and Pearl Jam, dies
at 66
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Posted by Ron_lfp 2/25/2020 10:29:36 AM Post Reply
It is never just the sound of a guitar. It is the feel of it. The weight of it. The way it sits against the player’s body, and how well it responds to every touch, be it a pick across its strings or the flat of a finger against its frets. Mike Lull knew all that, and on a molecular level that drew some of the world’s most talented musicians to the Bellevue guitar shop that bears his name, including members of Pearl Jam, Heart, Soundgarden and Cheap Trick.
Massive demand has new WA paid family
leave program struggling to keep up
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Posted by Ron_lfp 2/25/2020 10:28:13 PM Post Reply

Washington state’s new paid family and medical leave program is swamped, leaving many to wait weeks before money arrives. As of Jan. 1, 2020, when a worker goes on leave in Washington, they can get up to 90 percent of their wages covered by the state, maxing out at $1,000 a week. The average worker gets about 70 to 75 percent of their usual wages reimbursed. Clare DeLong with the State Employment Security Office says her department has gotten upwards of 30,000 applications for reimbursement, about four times more than expected. Because of that, it’s taking up to 10 weeks for applicants to get their money.

Health officials say King County remains safe
from coronavirus — for now
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Posted by Ron_lfp 2/26/2020 10:40:09 AM Post Reply
When the first U.S. case of a new novel coronavirus appeared Jan. 21 in Washington state, health care providers and agencies throughout King County sprung into action to track and contain the virus. One month later, that patient, from Snohomish, is recovering. None of the 14 additional U.S. cases were detected in Washington. (snip) Despite a strong initial response, local leaders are uncertain about how long we’ll continue to contain the coronavirus, especially without impacting other ill patients.
Oregon House GOP joins Senate Republicans'
walk out in protest of cap-and-trade
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Posted by Ron_lfp 2/26/2020 11:57:25 AM Post Reply
House Republicans walked out of the Oregon Capitol on Tuesday, joining their Senate colleagues in protest of a greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade bill. "Oregon House Republicans are taking a stand, with working families, in opposing cap and trade and this rigged process," House Republican Leader Christine Drazan, R-Canby, said in a statement. (snip) Walking out denies the House of Representatives the quorum it needs to conduct business on the floor. House Democrats hold a supermajority of 38 members, but they need two Republicans to reach the two-thirds quorum of 40.
Death penalty personal for WA lawmaker
who lost sister to Green River Killer
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Posted by Ron_lfp 2/27/2020 11:07:03 AM Post Reply
If there’s one thing Rep. Jenny Graham wants, it is for the deaths of Gary Ridgway’s victims not to have been in vain. “I always called them ‘paper dolls’ because they were never seen as people; they were seen as pictures and names on a piece of paper,” she explained, referring to the missing persons notifications that appeared in newspapers while the Green River Killer was on his horrific killing spree. (snip) Her own sister, Debra “Debbie” Estes, died at the hands of the Green River Killer in 1982. Estes was only 15 years old
‘It just kept moving:’ Sea lion that wandered
into Cowlitz County hills trapped
after long standoff
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Posted by Ron_lfp 2/28/2020 10:38:55 AM Post Reply
When the call came in Saturday evening, Cowlitz County deputies were dubious. Several miles west of the Cowlitz River and sleepy downtown Castle Rock, a driver said they spotted a massive sea lion walking down the middle of a rural road. Dispatchers were disbelieving. “I’m sorry. A feline? No? A sea lion?” (snip). An estimated 600- to 700-pound female Steller sea lion had indeed made its way into the hills from the river up various creeks and onto Garlock Road in a wooded area of the Southwest Washington county
Feds reject removal of 4 Lower Snake River
dams in key report
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Posted by Ron_lfp 2/29/2020 10:38:44 AM Post Reply
Years and millions of dollars in the making, a draft federal report on hydroelectric dam operations in the Columbia Basin will not settle the decadeslong fight over saving imperiled salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers. Federal agencies found that taking out the dams would “provide a long-term benefit to species that spawn or rear in the mainstem Snake River habitats,” but also would have adverse impacts, including increased power costs, a rise in greenhouse gases and reduced reliability of the electric grid. The report rejects the idea of removing the dams to save endangered or threatened salmon.
Bill Gates weighs in on how to respond
to novel coronavirus
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/1/2020 5:10:03 PM Post Reply
Bill Gates weighed in on the novel coronavirus Friday morning with a blog post in which he called on world leaders to not only address the current problem but improve “the way we respond to outbreaks in general.” “Global health experts have been saying for years that another pandemic rivaling the speed and severity of the 1918 influenza epidemic wasn’t a matter of if but when.
Classless Jay Inslee embarrasses WA
with coronavirus insult at VP Pence
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/2/2020 10:51:04 AM Post Reply
A classless Governor Jay Inslee opted to push aside genuine concern over the coronavirus, for a cheap and unnecessary shot at Vice President Mike Pence. Inslee says that Pence called to congratulate the Governor on how well Washington has handled the coronavirus. The state saw the first case of coronavirus in the country. Rather than talk through any concerns he had, Inslee proudly tweeted that he insulted the Vice President.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s low-carbon fuel standard
faces tough road ahead in Washington
state
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/4/2020 12:05:30 AM Post Reply
Gov. Jay Inslee’s campaign to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s transportation fuels, a high-profile goal throughout his two terms in office, faces a difficult road as the Washington state Legislature heads into the final two weeks of its session. Legislation passed by the House of Representatives calls for a 20% reduction of the carbon intensity of these fuels by 2035 over 2017. (snip) But for a second year in row, the House legislation risks dying in the state Senate Transportation Committee, where the chairman, state Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, has been hostile to this clean-fuels standard.
Amazon, Microsoft cloud-computing can
weather a recession and coronavirus,
analysts say
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/4/2020 11:13:36 AM Post Reply
In the decade since the Great Recession, cloud computing became the de facto information-technology strategy for startup companies and, increasingly, large corporations alike. The business of renting remote computing power has grown into an enormous industry and, with No. 1 player Amazon and No. 2 Microsoft based in the Seattle area, a mainstay of the region’s broader tech-driven economy. As fears of a recession mount with the spread of the novel coronavirus, cloud analysts are considering how this $263 billion industry would fare in its first significant economic downturn since reaching maturity. The short answer: fairly well, especially for the market leaders.
Coronavirus daily news update, March 5:
What to know today about COVID-19
in the Seattle area, Washington state and the nation
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/5/2020 10:40:33 AM Post Reply
New cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by a new coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, continue to pop up around the Puget Sound region. In total, 39 people in Washington state have been diagnosed, including 10 people who have died. Throughout Thursday, on this page, we’ll be posting Seattle Times journalists’ updates on the outbreak and its effects on the Seattle area, the Pacific Northwest and the world
Sex-education bill passes
Washington House after fierce
debate over its content, timing
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/6/2020 10:44:28 AM Post Reply

O LYMPIA, Wash.  — A bill to require public school districts to teach comprehensive sexual health education to all K-12 students beginning with the 2022-23 school year passed the state House early Thursday. The Olympian reported that the measure passed on a 56-40 vote after nearly six hours of contentious debate (snip) “I’m not sure why we’re rushing to remove the innocence from our youth,” said state Rep. Mike Steele, a Chelan Republican who opposed the bill

Bill protecting Black hairstyles from
discrimination passes Legislature,
awaits Inslee’s signature
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/7/2020 9:02:51 PM Post Reply
OLYMPIA — A bill to prohibit discrimination in Washington based on hair texture, specifically targeting hairstyles traditionally worn by Black people, is awaiting the Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature. House Bill 2602 would amend the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) so that race includes “traits historically associated or perceived to be associated with race,” specifically citing hairstyles including Afros, braids, locs and twists. It passed the Legislature on March 4, with a Senate vote of 38-9.
US Still Has the Lowest Per-Capital
Coronavirus Rate of the 10 Countries
With Most Cases Reported
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/8/2020 11:44:16 AM Post Reply
Of the ten countries that have reported more than 100 confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus each, the United States as of Thursday continues to have the smallest number – by a significant margin – in proportion to its national population. (snip) But when taking into account the WHO-provided numbers of confirmed cases, the per capita infection rate in the United States is 0.0000388 percent. (The CIA World Fact book estimates the U.S. population at 332,639,102.) That is almost eight times smaller than the next highest per capita infection rate – Japan’s 0.0002526 percent.
Gov. Inslee weighs ‘mandatory measures’
as coronavirus outbreak continues
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/9/2020 11:03:22 AM Post Reply
Gov. Jay Inslee stated in an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation that local health officials are weighing mandatory measures for social distancing to curb the continued spread of coronavirus. “We are contemplating some next steps, particularly to protect our vulnerable populations and our nursing homes and the like — we are looking to determine whether mandatory measures are required,” said Inslee. What exactly that would look like remains unclear, but the Washington governor praised local events for opting to postpone or cancel over the last few days. That includes Emerald City Comic Con
Gov. Inslee to restrict gatherings of more
than 250 people, a move aimed at sports and
concerts
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/11/2020 11:08:36 AM Post Reply
In the most drastic move yet to try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Jay Inslee is expected Wednesday to restrict gatherings of more than 250 people in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, a move aimed at sports, concerts and other cultural events. (snip) The measure would not affect retail stores, according to the source. The restriction applies to large public gatherings such as baseball games, concerts and cultural event (snip) Chris Reykdal, Washington’s superintendent of public instruction, said Tuesday evening he doesn’t expect Inslee’s announcement to shut down public schools.
Silence of The Seattle Times on the sexxx-ed
bill: cowardly, complicit or bought off?
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/12/2020 11:03:07 AM Post Reply

The Seattle Times has clearly made an editorial decision: they are determined to hide the most consequential, controversial and, in fact, most clickable story in all of Western Washington politics. At 2:00 AM Thursday Morning, Washington State Democrats voted to force “Comprehensive Sexual Education” (CSE) into government schools, stating in kindergarten; the curricula tied to this bill, FLASH and 3Rs, teaches, among other things, kindergarteners have a clitoris or a penis and they feel good to touch, (snip) The Seattle Times has totally ignored it. (Snip) Why has the management of the Seattle Times apparently decided to hide the details of the Sexual Education Bill

Gates Leaves Microsoft Board to Spend
More Time on Philanthropy
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/13/2020 6:47:24 PM Post Reply

Bill Gates said he’s stepping down from the board of Microsoft Corp., the company he co-founded in 1975 and built into the world’s largest software maker, to devote more time to philanthropy. Gates, 64, has been scaling back his involvement in the Redmond, Washington-based company for more than a decade. Most recently he’d been serving as an adviser to current Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella on technology areas including productivity, health software and artificial intelligence, and he will continue to do so.”Microsoft will always be an important part of my life’s work and I will continue to be engaged

Starbucks to close some stores, eliminate
seating in all others to slow spread of
coronavirus
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/15/2020 11:33:42 PM Post Reply
In a bid to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, Starbucks will temporarily close some of its North American locations and will shift to a “to-go” model at the rest of its more than 10,000 North American stores. The closures, which were announced and implemented Sunday afternoon, will last at least two weeks and will affect company-operated stores in high-risk areas such as Seattle and New York, with a high number of cases of COVID-19, (snip) In these areas, stores will either shut down or move to reduced hours. (snip) The closures reportedly include 22 locations in downtown Seattle,
Gov. Newsom asks California bars to close,
tells older residents to isolate due to
coronavirus
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/16/2020 1:04:37 AM Post Reply
Faced with mounting coronavirus infections, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday issued sweeping new restrictions in California, calling for home isolation of everyone in the state over age 65 and people with chronic disease, both high-risk populations. He also asked for closure of bars, wineries, night clubs and brew pubs, and called for restaurants to reduce their occupancy by half. He called that “deep social distancing” and a “pragmatic response to the moment.” The dramatic announcement, designed to keep people away from each other, stopped short of closing restaurants. Instead, the governor said they can also operate at reduced capacity and with curbside food service and at-home food deliveries.
While other states order residents to stay at home to stem coronavirus, Washington resists; here’s why replies
Posted by Ron_lfp 3/21/2020 10:56:59 AM Post Reply
By Friday morning, the governors of New York and California had ordered — with significant exceptions — all their residents to stay home, to try to limit, as much as possible, the spread of the novel coronavirus. Other states soon followed: New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois. At least 1 in 5 Americans have been ordered to stay home. Residents of Western Washington, where the outbreak hit first and, initially, hardest, have not. Instead, Gov. Jay Inslee is doing everything he can to keep people from leaving the house without outright ordering it.
No school: Can you stop
paying your property tax?
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/23/2020 10:49:57 AM Post Reply
The property tax in Washington state is a key vehicle to fund government schools. The boss of government schools, and promoter of school curricula that treats kids as sexual beings from birth, Chris Reykdal, has suggested that districts dealing with coronoavirus not teach children, even online, because: “equity.” So, can you stop paying your property taxes since Reykdal has caused schools to stop teaching? Maybe Reykdal has a good reason for his official opinion. Chris Reykdal’s position is that, so long as one child doesn’t have a smart phone or computer and/or Internet access, no child will receive online education.
Inslee orders Washingtonians to stay at
home to slow spread of coronavirus
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/24/2020 10:50:02 AM Post Reply
To combat the novel coronavirus, Gov. Jay Inslee is ordering Washington residents to stay at home, except for crucial activities. Residents can still leave to buy groceries, seek medical care and go to work at essential businesses, Inslee said in a live televised address Monday evening, and they can still engage in outdoor activities that can be done 6 feet away from others, such as walking and biking. But the new order requires the closure of nonessential business places and, the governor said, “is enforceable by law,” though broad crackdowns by officers aren’t expected. (snip) Any nonessential businesses still operating must close in 48 hours
There’s a ‘moon shot, Manhattan Project’
to save the school year from coronavirus,
but not in Seattle
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/25/2020 10:30:03 AM Post Reply
In rallying for the nation’s second-largest school district to transition to online instruction in the face of a pandemic, the head of Los Angeles’ public schools said this on Monday: “We face the largest adaptive challenge for large urban public education systems in a generation. Pick your metaphor: This is the moon shot, the Manhattan Project, the Normandy landing, and the Marshall Plan, and the clock is ticking.” So Los Angeles announced an “unprecedented commitment” of $100 million in emergency funding to get all students who need them both devices and internet access (snip) Compare to what school leaders have been saying here. Seattle Public Schools “won’t transition to online learning
In coronavirus closures, Washington state
pot and liquor stores can stay open;
sales have spiked for a while
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/26/2020 10:37:41 AM Post Reply
Whew. A lot of pot-shop and liquor-store customers and owners were worried plenty. In panic buying in recent weeks because the coronavirus might shutter both types of shops, they reported sales increases of 20% to 30%, and sometimes more. But good news! Pot shops and many, if not most, liquor stores in this state are considered “essential businesses” and can stay open under Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order issued Monday.
White House Responds To Seattle NPR’s
Decision To Stop Airing Coronavirus Press
Conferences
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/26/2020 7:30:51 PM Post Reply
The White House criticized Wednesday the Seattle-area NPR station’s recent decision to stop airing the coronavirus task force press briefings. “It’s not surprising, but also a failure of their duty to the American people, that some media outlets would choose to block their audiences from receiving accurate, up-to-date information on President Trump’s whole-of-government approach to slowing the spread of COVID-19,” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere told Daily Caller. (snip) KUOW, the NPR station broadcasting across Washington’s Puget Sound, announced Tuesday night that they “will not be airing the briefings live due to a pattern of false or misleading information that cannot be fact checked in real time.”
Inslee welcomes Army doctors to coronavirus
field hospital in Seattle, says Trump
remarks ‘haven’t knocked us off our game’
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Posted by Ron_lfp 3/29/2020 12:45:55 AM Post Reply
President Donald Trump’s negative remarks about Washington Gov. Jay Inslee as the state and nation respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic “haven’t knocked us off our game at all,” (snip) The governor has clashed with Trump in recent days over the federal government’s response to the crisis, trading comments and tweets as Inslee has urged the president to provide states with more aid and equipment. “None of us here are being distracted by the background noise that might come out of the White House,” Inslee said in a news conference (snip) “Our job is too important to save constituents and our neighbors and our families from this deadly virus.”