Say it with us: Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell. He’s been on our city council since 2008 and his current term ends in 2019.
And for the next four days, at least, the (now former) head of the Seattle City Council is our new mayor. Not sure how that happened? Let us catch you up here. And if you want more details on what happens next, The Seattle Times has a nice overview.
Harrell has until September 18 at 5 p.m. to decide whether he wants to serve as mayor until we elect Jenny Durkan or Cary Moon to the position. In the meantime, here’s a bit more about Bruce. (Check out this 2013 illustration from Crosscut for more.)
Tacoma wants HQ2. Washington’s third-biggest city is putting together a bid to become Amazon’s second home. Surprised? Tacoma’s had a hard time bouncing back from the recession, it’s home to lots of qualified workers and it checks all of Amazon’s other boxes. Maybe there’ll be a new aroma coming from Tacoma…💰 (The Seattle Times)
‘Shelters just don’t work.’ The city started clearing out a big homeless encampment in SoDo on Tuesday. One police officer said they’re telling displaced people about shelter options, but many of the unsheltered folks who lived there aren’t interested in relocating. (KNKX)
A call to boycott the NFL. New York Daily News columnist Shaun King is calling for everyone to boycott the NFL because no team has signed quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem. Let’s get real: Seattle is home to a passionate community of social justice advocates and a ton of passionate NFL fans. So Shaun got us wondering: Do you consider yourself a social justice advocate and a Seahawks fan? Do you feel compelled to boycott? (Medium)
A very Seattle announcement. In July, The Stranger announced a big redesign that will change its weekly print newspaper into a biweekly. They told us the official date of the first revamped issue (September 27) in a familiar fashion: with a notice of proposed land use action. Does this mean those back of the paper hotline sex ads are going to disappear? TBD. (The Stranger)
What happens if you die and no one claims your body? Your local government takes over. And in Pierce County, that means the medical examiner and his staff scatter your ashes in Puget Sound “at a remote spot where Mount Rainier is visible on the horizon” and ring a bell for you. (KNKX)
Seattle is less white. White people made up 64.3 percent of our population in 2016 — and that’s as low as we’ve seen in our city’s modern history, writes FYI Guy Gene Balk. Also interesting: Multiracial people are now the third largest racial or ethnic group here. (The Seattle Times)
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🍞 9/14: Chabad at The QA Farmers Market – Braid You Own Challah
👋 9/15: The Living Room Project
🌎 9/15: World Dance Party
🎪 9/16: Protégé Show – Summer Blockbusters
🛍 9/16: Second Use Fall Fest
🔨 9/16-17: Seattle Mini Maker Faire
☕️ 9/17: Star Wars Formal Tea Party
✈️ 9/17: Alaska Airlines Hometown Hangar
🏈 9/17: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks