Here’s hoping the Easter Bunny left plenty of goodies for you to hunt down this past Easter Sunday…
Days before the holiday family feast, I began the laborious process of blowing-out egg shells and experimenting with natural dyes to achieve nine less-than-perfect specimens. These ovo-centric creations were then incorporated into the centerpiece I brought to the family feast Sunday afternoon. (Yes, there were nine of us altogether, so that no one would feel left out). Whether everyone was just being kind or they REALLY did like them, the collective oohs and ahhs did me proud and I vowed to work on them some more in time for next year’s clan gathering…
The Local Scene
Well, apparently my vote didn’t make a difference in King County’s Metro Transit Proposition 1 balloting to prevent cuts in transit and roads. The die was already cast to reject the measure before the final day of ballot counting, much to the disappointment of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle City Council Chairman Larry Phillips, and other political heavyweights. Hizzoner said in a statement: “Cutting our workhorse transit system by 16% is not an acceptable solution…”
Enter Ben Schiedelman, Seattle Transit Blog writer and leader of Friends of Transit‘s campaign initiative to raise Seattle property taxes to pay for bus service within the city of Seattle. As a frequent rider on Rapid Ride’s “C” bus line route traveling to and from West Seattle into downtown, I can only hope FOT’s efforts get traction. Petitions should start circulating next week.
In Other Regional News
Before heading off to Japan on Air Force 1 to dine on some very expensive sushi with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President Obama made a stop in “Oh-so-strong” Oso, Washington to survey the aftermath of last month’s devastating mudslide. By all accounts, the Prez’s visit boosted the spirits of beleaguered first responders and survivors who attended a low-key event at the local fire hall. Two victims of the disaster remain unaccounted for as of this posting.
Seattle’s ongoing battle to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour remains just that. The Mayor’s income-equality advisory committee is still grappling with the contentious issue, attempting to get labor and business leaders on board with a compromise proposal. Stay tuned for more developments on that hot topic.
Meantime, the city’s Police Department has reportedly narrowed down the list of top candidates for a new chief. There are now four from out of state, one being a high-profile female: Boston’s former top cop, Kathleen O’Toole. Her credentials are impeccable–just what Seattle needs to comply with a court-ordered consent decree with the Department of Justice, requiring reforms to curb excessive force and biased policing.
Andy Warhol & Extreme Flower Power
The pop art icon’s work will be getting a VERY large scale outdoor installation atop the five-acre roof of the Tacoma Dome. The Associated Press reports that after his giant, colorful submission lost in the city’s 1981 competition, “the world’s largest Warhol” will be tested for six months using a plastic adhesive commonly used in advertising wraps. If all goes well, approval for a privately-funded $2 million paint job will ensue.