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They see Mike trollin’, they hatiiiiiiiin’.

Well well well. Mike McGinn, former Mayor of Seattle and Guy Who Was Right About The Tunnel, gave everyone a heart attack this morning with his announcement that he’d be running for Mayor again.

McGinn’s legacy is a bit murky; faced with a hostile Council made of largely of crispy white folks and a weird economic time for the City (because like 2009 was kiiiiiind of rough around here), lots of casual observers blamed many of the City’s troubles on him. 

However, he also gave us prepaid parking to reduce drunk driving, a library levy that extended service, and a healthy revenue stream for infrastructure, arts, and neighborhoods. He capped towing fees (which were previously outrageously unregulated), opened the Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, is responsible for both the Rainier Beach Community Center and 12th Ave. Arts, and he invested oodles of cash in school road safety improvements.

Plus, he fought hard for later bar close hours, municipal internet, and to extend the Broadway/First Hill street car. 

So yeah, he did get quite a bit of stuff done. And people liked him a lot. And he might have been able to do a lot more with more allies on the Council than just Mike O’Brien. 

However, his first race against Murray was difficult; Murray made a lot of promises to powerful communities (like the nightlife crew) to sway votes, and collected big revenue from Comcast to fund his campaign. 

Now that Murray is looking less bulletproof, McGinn is back in the race. We’re not sure if that means he’s just trying to open the door for someone else or if he really, really wants the job again, but it’ll be interesting to see what kind of a tone he takes. His campaign slogan is…not ideal…

Image: McGinn’s slogan, “Keep Seattle,” which feels…a little icky

…But there’s room to grow. We’re going to try to make it up to the press conference today to see what we can find out. The race is certainly more interesting now! 

Princess Angeline ~ Duwamish

Princess Angeline (circa 1820 – May 31, 1896), also known in Lushootseed as Kikisoblu, Kick-is-om-lo, or Wewick, was the eldest daughter of Chief Seattle.
Biography She was born around 1820 to Chief Seattle in what is now Rainier Beach in Seattle, Washington. She was named Angeline by Catherine Broshears Maynard, the second wife of Doc Maynard. The 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott required that all Duwamish Indians leave their land for reservations,

Kids today...

…Are, amid everything that is awful, giving us quite a bit of hope.

Here’s a photo snapped by our friend Juliana of the 300 or so students of Roosevelt High School who walking out of class today. Another 1,000 left Garfield this morning, as well as 50 from Rainier Beach, 17 from South Lake, and 130 from West Seattle.

The event is not sanctioned and the schools will mark the absences as “unexcused.“

We’re pretty sure that demonstrating solidarity and utilizing their constitutional rights is a good excuse. 

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Please take the time to read this! Hi guys! Our boy’s basketball team is ranked #2 in the nation. They are playing in New York at MSG from APRIL 3- APRIL 6. The boys are sponsored by Nike, Dick’s sporting goods and various other companies. There are 8 high school basketball teams and all the high school cheer squads were invited, unfortunately, we are on our own when it comes to getting there. We have been doing fundraisers like crazy and we’re almost at our goal. If you or anyone you know have a couple dollars to share, please donate to our gofundme account. If not, all I’m asking is for a reblog. I would greatly appreciate the help for getting the news out there. Our go fund me is entitled: “Rainier Beach Cheer Squad to New York!” Or the link is gofundme.com/7ibqi4

Thank you again. Much love and appreciation on behalf of my cheer sisters and I!

So on my way home from a buddy's house after a game of Pathfinder and some Rockband, I rode my board for about 30 minutes through Columbia City to about Rainier Beach, then turned around and went home.

It was a fun about of time, and I felt a bit more free with myself to the point of just saying “Fuck it, I’m gonna be a nicer guy; a more quiet person.”

 

I thank longboarding for this.

The Boy Scouts of America, which voted last year to allow gay scouts but not openly gay scout leaders, has revoked the charter of a church-sponsored troop here for refusing to fire its adult gay scoutmaster.

The decision, which one gay rights organization said was a first since the policy change last year, essentially bars the Rainier Beach United Methodist Church and its 15 scouts from using logos, uniforms or names associated with the Boy Scouts as long as the scoutmaster and Eagle Scout Geoffrey McGrath, 49, remains in charge.

The church’s pastor, the Rev. Dr. Monica K. Corsaro, said Monday that Mr. McGrath was there to stay, and so was the youth group he leads, though perhaps without the familiar uniforms and the Scout oath.

“We’re going to stand firm,” she said. “Geoffrey attends our church, and this is a way to support our youth in the neighborhood.”

This month, the Boy Scouts ordered the dismissal of Mr. McGrath, a software engineer who is married to his longtime partner, after he spoke about his sexual orientation in a news article profiling the troop, which was formed last year in a south Seattle neighborhood heavily populated by immigrants and lower-income families. The decision to disenfranchise the organization, sent in a letter on Friday, came after church officials said they would continue to support Mr. McGrath and had no intention of following the order.

“Because the church no longer agrees to the terms of the B.S.A.-chartered organization agreement, which includes following B.S.A. policies, it is no longer authorized to offer the scouting program,” a spokesman for the Boy Scouts, Deron Smith, said in an emailed statement on Monday. “We are saddened by this development.”