- The western Washington town is aiming to raise its minimum wage to compete with neighboring towns.
- Will Seattle teachers stay?
- Who leaked information about the SPD to the media?
This post originally appeared in KUOW’s Today So Far newsletter on June 30, 2022.
After KUOW and the Seattle Times revealed that the Seattle Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit was understaffed amid the recent loss of officers and detectives, an investigation has been launched into who in the SPD disclosed. information. The Office of Police Accountability is investigating how an internal memo was leaked to the media. KUOW reporter Ashley Hiruko does not disclose where and how she received information. Watching her work closely, I doubt she ever will (to be honest, I’m a little scared of her).
Read the full story here.
Tukwila is considering an initiative that will raise the city’s minimum wage by about $3. This would match the wages of surrounding areas and hopefully attract more workers. This is the argument advanced by the organizers of the initiative. I would also suggest that inflation is changing our financial landscape, which employers in our region are going to have to deal with. I’m no economic surgeon, but even I can add the fact that inflation has typically hovered between 1-2%, but now we’re seeing up to 6%. This means that food is more expensive and gasoline prices are very high. The rent always goes up. And families in Washington who say they are “struggling” to meet household expenses have risen from 4% to 10% in one year. If I were a West Washington employer right now, I would start thinking about worker retention and compensation.
He’s been pretty busy in the Today So Far blog lately. Police caught a Bothell man sending hard drives to people in the United States and overseas. What’s wrong with that? Nothing… except when the hard drives are full of meth. Plus, King County Council wants to change when you vote. One problem election officials have noticed is that fewer voters are participating in elections in odd years — when there are no presidential, gubernatorial or other high profile races. The county therefore wants to move the less popular elections to even years in hopes that more people will pay attention and vote. The idea has a few naysayers, however, and ultimately you are going to decide this question.
And a third of Seattle teachers say they don’t plan to stay in town in five years. The teachers’ union has polled its members (while it’s engaged in negotiations), and among the takeaways is that many teachers aren’t seeing each other in Seattle after that time. Some indicate that they will leave the field of education altogether.
A group of people protest the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in downtown Seattle on Friday, June 24, 2022. Democrats in Washington recently gathered at the State Capitol to deliver a message: Even as Republican states shut down abortion access following of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, Washington was poised to redouble its efforts on its history that has, for decades, protected the right to abortion. Read more here. (Casey Martin/KUOW)
DID YOU KNOW?
Do you like the Northwest, but are you tired of the rain? A stretch of the Olympic Peninsula might be more your speed. Sequim receives about 18 inches of rain each year. But if you drive 70 miles west, Forks gets 120 inches of rain every year (which is why the Sparkle Vampires live there).
This is due to a phenomenon called the Olympic Rain Shadow, which covers Port Townsend to parts of Whidbey Island, and even the southern ends of San Juan and Vancouver Island. This area receives much less rain than the surrounding regions. Some have taken to calling it the “Washington Banana Belt” or the “Blue Hole”. The Rain Shadow even has a big fan, who has a site dedicated to his review.
The cause of all this are the Olympic Mountains to the south, which block much of the rainy weather entering the area. The rain eventually falls on the mountains to the south. What ends up going through the mountains has a lot less moisture. And so communities north and east of the mountains get a lot less rain, and maybe a little more sunshine. It’s still northwest, however, it generally remains quite cold.
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