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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sawant Says Mayor's Committee Is "Done"; Mayor's Office Says No One Gets Off the Committee That Easy

Posted by on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 6:37 PM

One of the weirder moments at city hall this afternoon came when Council Member Kshama Sawant was asked whether she's still on the mayor's minimum wage committee.

Sawant had just declared that "the committee is done," having failed to reach a deal by today's mayoral deadline.

A few minutes earlier, and five floors above, Mayor Ed Murray had just declared the mayoral deadline moot, and told reporters the committee was not finished. He said it would keep working toward a deal—for weeks, if necessary.

This made the question of whether Sawant remains on the committee anymore an "interesting" one, she said. She then returned to her line about the committee being "done," while adding that she would meet with members of the mayor's committee if asked. When I Tweeted about this, the mayor's office Tweeted back: "No one is off the committee. The committee is not done."

So there.


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seatackled 1
Thank you, Mayor Murray for your doggedness. We are confident that if weeks more aren't enough, the committee will stay true to low-wage workers and work toward a deal for four or even eight years, if necessary.
Posted by seatackled on April 24, 2014 at 6:51 PM · Report this
@1 Murray and his handlers are planning to play this out the Seattle elite way, the way that eventually killed the monorail, the way that eventually forced the tunnel on us, etc., etc.
Posted by cracked on April 24, 2014 at 7:13 PM · Report this
We hate this.
Posted by Thom and Bri Bri on April 24, 2014 at 7:24 PM · Report this
Maybe Sawant can have another rally with 200 people, or what Occupy called a 'slow day'.
Posted by Sugartit on April 24, 2014 at 7:26 PM · Report this
Hawke 5
Because if Murray can keep tying people up in his bullshit committee for "weeks if necessary," his business cronies get exactly what they want: delay and obfuscation.
Posted by Hawke on April 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM · Report this
You want coffee Kshama? Coffee is for closers.
Posted by matt! on April 24, 2014 at 7:57 PM · Report this
Uh, Murray looked ridiculous AGAIN today by saying that he'd have something to present, then backing off partway through the day, then presenting nothing, then looking like an idiot when undermined by Sawant saying the mayoral committee is "done". As I posted earlier, he really is looking more Amateur Hour than McGinn (who I only partially liked) and that's a pretty sad statement because this is the guy who is the professional politician.

It's going to be a loooooooonnnnnngggg 4 years, because given Murray's public missteps so far, I'm personally already pretty much done. Let's see...there was declaring beloved Jim Diers dead, there is hiding in the sand on the tunnel, there's the abandonment of the Arts and Music communities who backed him, there was the eyebrows raised salaries of his incoming cronies, there is the lack of engagement with City Council and crowning them all is the ongoing mess he's made of Police Reform.

That's quite a list after barely 100 days of Honeymoon.
Posted by Roses on April 24, 2014 at 8:20 PM · Report this
Are they throwing chairs yet, a coffee pot? No? Well then this debate has a ways to go yet.

Posted by Machiavelli was framed on April 24, 2014 at 8:37 PM · Report this
@7: In Murray's defense, he is a total dumbshit.
Posted by DOUG. on April 24, 2014 at 8:38 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 10
I told you the compromise would be $22 an hour minimum wage with a $21 an hour training wage and no exemptions.
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 24, 2014 at 9:12 PM · Report this
8Way 11
@9, it's also his offense.
Posted by 8Way on April 24, 2014 at 9:47 PM · Report this
@9 - Ha :)
Posted by Racing Turtles on April 24, 2014 at 9:53 PM · Report this
fletc3her 13
The committee will keep meeting until morale improves.
Posted by fletc3her on April 24, 2014 at 10:58 PM · Report this
@9 True, this is now pretty obvious - not quite Perry or Bush II level, but I'm starting to wonder how close ...

Posted by cracked on April 24, 2014 at 11:03 PM · Report this
I'm still waiting for him to articulate some tangible reason for him to be the mayor.
Posted by cracked on April 24, 2014 at 11:08 PM · Report this
seatackled 16

Cause he's going to bring professionalism back to the Mayor's office, he's good at communicating with the Council, and he's going to fix the police department?
Posted by seatackled on April 24, 2014 at 11:18 PM · Report this
He did articulate his tangible reason: Marriage Equality. And, er, Marriage Equality. And, don't forget making hay while the sun shines over marriage equality.

And indeed, marriage equality is beyond glorious. If he wants to become the National Spokesperson for Marriage Equality, good on him and I'll shell out plenty the next time he mumbles er asks for donations to help pass similar legislation in another state.

Perhaps he should move quickly to that engagement and leave the professional city management to someone who can conduct city business. McGinn figured it out faster than Murray. (Note the faint praise.)
Posted by Roses on April 24, 2014 at 11:21 PM · Report this
He doesn't need to hit the Marriage Equality speakers junket. He just needs to take his natural born place as a Portlandia cast member.

He'd probably benefit most if Sawant acts as his agent. Lord knows he's not up to his own negotiations.
Posted by gator bait on April 24, 2014 at 11:26 PM · Report this
seatackled 19
Actually, I want him to be either a waiter a Meinert restaurant or even better, a bouncer at a Meinert bar. As bouncer, he'd be a liaison between a job-creating small business and the SPD.
Posted by seatackled on April 24, 2014 at 11:42 PM · Report this
As of 1 a.m. tonight Murray's inability to get his committee to pull it together today has landed him...yes it is hard to imagine worse political a headline smack in the middle of the online NYT.

Not real strong positioning for future political employment with the word FALTER in big bold caps.

No doubt Sawant and McGinn have been startled awake from REM sleep by a fit of giggles.
Posted by Roses on April 25, 2014 at 12:56 AM · Report this
@18 Porlandia cast member!
@19 Meinart waiter! Meinart bouncer!
@17 Marriage Equality spokesperson.

This is fun. We could have a comment thread just devoted to post-mayorial jobs for Ed Murray.
Posted by cracked on April 25, 2014 at 1:24 AM · Report this
McGinn should run for District 5. By the time of that election, he's going to look like a miracle-worker compared to Murray, and he'd be a 4th true liberal on the Council. And maybe by then Godden will have given up her sinecure and a 5th liberal will be voted in.

Because the future is all we have now, since Murray's completely screwed up the present.
Posted by sarah70 on April 25, 2014 at 1:29 AM · Report this
Actuallly, Sawant the crazy socialist is the only mature person in this fiasco. The Meinerts and the Douglases and their ilk are crying poor, apparently believing that we'll have sympathy for their endangered financial empires, and Murray's truly an ineffectual idiot.
Posted by sarah70 on April 25, 2014 at 2:29 AM · Report this
The Beady Eyes of Mayor Ed Murray 24
Where is the support from the majority who fucking voted my beady eyes into office?
Posted by The Beady Eyes of Mayor Ed Murray on April 25, 2014 at 3:14 AM · Report this
delirian 25
Don't make deadlines if you don't intend to enforce them. Otherwise you lose credibility. This is doubly important if you are a mayor. He just gave the City Council a license to push him around for the rest of his term because everybody will believe he is bluffing.
Posted by delirian on April 25, 2014 at 3:55 AM · Report this
Abe Frohman 26
This is the difference between someone with a legislative mindset, skillset and experience and someone with an executive mindset, skillset and experience. One tries to build consensus and one tries to address problems and get things done in a timely manner. Both have their places. Seattle elected a legislator to an executive position.
Posted by Abe Frohman on April 25, 2014 at 5:38 AM · Report this
Seattle voters should really give themselves an "attaboy!" for electing people like sawant and murray.

Once again, Seattle shows the rest of the state how fucking stupid and inept its voters are. WELL DONE!
Posted by thank god I dont live in seattle on April 25, 2014 at 6:58 AM · Report this
@27, yeah... Jay and the merry band of state legislators really prove your point. Thanks for playing along at home.
Posted by hi-land on April 25, 2014 at 7:08 AM · Report this
@23 - I've not heard Douglas or Meinart suggest once that they were going to be poor. What I heard them say is that they will have to increase their prices and some of their businesses may close their doors because they aren't profitable.

I would think that is important for people to hear so they understand that those employees won't have jobs.

Posted by ahumanbeing on April 25, 2014 at 7:41 AM · Report this
seatackled 30

Yeah, but he'll probably end up as the head of his own foundation if he doesn't succeed in getting elected to the governorship or to federal office.
Posted by seatackled on April 25, 2014 at 7:50 AM · Report this
@22, McGinn lives on the wrong side of the street to run District 5, quite literally on the wrong side of N 87th st.
Posted by ChefJoe on April 25, 2014 at 8:46 AM · Report this

How's SeaTac's $15/hr working out?

Any follow up.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 25, 2014 at 9:17 AM · Report this

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