🆘 When a restaurant is ‘too small to fail’

🆘 When a restaurant is ‘too small to fail’

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What Seattle is talking about

A dozen protesters have signaled they plan to sue the City of Seattle, King County, or Washington state over police negligence and excessive force. Those filing claims yesterday include the family of Summer Taylor, the 24-year-old who was killed by a driver on I-5 earlier this month; Daniel Gregory, who was shot in the arm at a demonstration inside the CHOP zone; and Jordan Pickett, a UW student journalist who says he was hit with a rubber bullet while covering a June protest. (The Seattle Times)

Seattle City Council says it has a veto-proof majority to cut police funding by 50 percent, but Mayor Jenny Durkan is continuing to push for a slimmed-down set of reductions. Her latest proposal: Cutting $76 million from SPD’s 2021 budget and shifting 911 dispatchers, parking enforcement, and other public safety services away from the department. (Associated Press)

“Too small to fail.” That’s the mantra shared by Uttam Mukherjee in his first-person account of how Covid-19 has forced restaurant owners like him to constantly hustle and reinvent their business model. “Despite the challenges of staying afloat during the pandemic, we know that if Spice Waala goes bust, all our savings would be gone with it,” Mukherjee writes. “There’s no looking back, and no option to fail.” (Eater)

When you’re a TV reporter working from home, commercial breaks become a time to change over the laundry. Seattle Met’s insider glimpse at three local home offices show how some of us are getting extra creative at carving out a dedicated work space. (Seattle Met)

And speaking of WFH hacks, here’s a pro tip from Gov. Jay Inslee: Grab the closest historical tome to elevate your laptop before joining your next virtual meeting. Your shoulders will thank you. (The New York Times)

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Monuments are falling, highway expansions are hitting roadblocks, and assumptions about “what’s possible” are suddenly flying out the window.

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Things to do


🌆 Join Seattle's social-impact professionals for a virtual happy hour (Online)


🎶 Tune in to a benefit concert raising money for the Seattle Artist Relief Fund (Online)

🎭 Learn more about the culture of masks and examine your own biases (Online) (Partner)

One more thing...

This newsletter was written while listening to an Oldies 97.3 playlist that recently surfaced on a nostalgic Reddit thread. Local commercial radio ain’t what it used to be, kids. 📻

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