🚈 The high cost of cheap car tabs

🚈 The high cost of cheap car tabs

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What Seattle is talking about

Who can argue against cheaper car tabs? Turns out, plenty of people — especially when it comes to defeating Washington’s anti-tax activist (and “accidental” office chair thief), Tim Eyman.

In case you’re new to town or have otherwise managed to avoid the name Tim Eyman, here’s a quick introduction: He lives for putting stuff on the ballot that appeals to fiscally conservative voters. And he comes with a lot of baggage.

This time around, he’s asking voters to approve an initiative that would lower car tabs to $30 — despite the fact that higher car tab fees were approved by voters back in 2016 to pay for Sound Transit’s growing light rail system.

Local leaders say I-976 would be “catastrophic” for continued light rail expansion and other major transit projects. If it passes, state officials estimate it would create a $4 billion gap in transportation funding over the next six years.

In other news…

Growing up as the daughter of farm workers in Central Washington, Maria Blancas has plenty of stories to share about the people who bring food to our tables. And a $100,000 grant from the Bullitt Foundation means the UW Ph.D. student will be able to empower others to contribute their own voices to the narrative. (The Seattle Times)

Something happened with the Showbox earlier this week, and it’s … good bad confusing. The one thing we know: A buyer with $41.4 million needs to show up ASAP in order to prevent the music venue from getting turned into a 44-story residential tower. (The Stranger)

UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi completed the floor routine seen ’round the world. But fame hasn’t brought fortune to the Bellevue native, and now she’s sounding off in support of a California initiative that would allow college athletes to enter into endorsement deals. (The New York Times)

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Let’s get together

Our local election is fast approaching, and ballots go out in the mail next week. But we all know voting is only one part of civic engagement. If you’ve ever wondered things like, “How do big decisions get made?” or “What’s the best way to engage with my elected reps after the election?” the next edition of our monthly Setting the Table event is for you.

Former Seattle City Council member Nick Licata will answer all your burning questions about what actually goes on at City Hall, and we’ll continue the conversation over a tasty meal. It’s all going down next Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Makers Workspaces in Belltown. See you there!

Our partner events

💬 Monday: Join local tech leaders for an evening with Seattle’s next city council (Lower Queen Anne)

🍎 Thursday, October 17: Celebrate the harvest and taste local ciders for a good cause (South Lake Union)

Around town


🇯🇵 Get an intro to “Ikigai” Japanese philosophy (Downtown)

💋 Join a saloon style conversation on dating in Seattle (Belltown)

👠 Dress up and strut the camp-themed runway (Downtown)


🎶 Sing along with 200 of your fellow Seattlites (Capitol Hill)

🕺 Get down at '80s prom night (Fremont)

✅ Tie up your unfinished projects (Capitol Hill) —through Sunday

❤️ Mix and mingle at our special-edition Modern Love party (South Lake Union)


🧟‍♂️ Learn "Thriller" moves and get in on the world wide flash mob (Queen Anne)

✨ Check out the lights at the Seattle Water Lantern Festival (Green Lake)

🖼️ See the new Burke Museum at its reopening (U District)

🥨 Tickle your taste buds at West Seattle Ocktoberfest (West Seattle) —through Sunday


👯 Shake your groove thang at Emerald City Soul Club (Eastlake)

🍂 Get autumnal at a wreath making class (Seatac)

🐕 Bring your pooch to this 5k through the UW campus (U District)

👹 Learn your ghoulish history with SIFF (Capitol Hill)

🚣 Kayak to see fall colors with REI (Carnation) —Sundays through October


🖌️ Paint, sip, and party at this DIY art night (Capitol Hill)

👥 Share stories and drinks with fellow adventurers (Ballard)

👂 Hear from survivors of the AIDS epidemic (Capitol Hill)

✊ Stand together for Indigenous People’s Day (Magnolia)

One more thing...

Downtown Seattle’s YWCA building is in the running for a National Geographic’s Vote Your Main Street competition. This year, the competition is focused on buildings with significant ties to women’s history, and some serious preservation funding is on the line.

Built in 1914, the YWCA building at Fifth and Seneca provides affordable housing and emergency services to women and families in need. The org says it would use the grant money to renovate the lobby “so that it is warm, welcoming, and reflective of the amazing quality of services we provide.”

Go here to learn more and cast your vote, or check out the YWCA’s open house this afternoon.

— The Evergrey


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