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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Morning News: More Bertha Delays, More Questions About Seattle Schools, and More Debt

Posted by on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 9:08 AM

HAPPIER TIMES: Former Governor Christine Gregoire and current Governor Jay Inslee celebrating the launch of Seattles tunnel boring machine back in July of 2013.
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  • HAPPIER TIMES: Former Governor Christine Gregoire and current Governor Jay Inslee celebrating the launch of Seattle's tunnel boring machine back in July of 2013.

Is the Seattle School Board driving away our superintendents? People are wondering.

Another delay for repairing Bertha: It's gonna take an extra month to dig an access pit that will be used to start repairing Seattle's broke-down tunnel boring machine.

Aspiring Democratic state senator under attack for being too Republican: And the attacks are being paid for by Republicans.

No need for public disclosure by our publicly-funded zoo: That's the opinion of King County Superior Court Judge Jean A. Rietschel.

NRA spokesman reportedly compares gun control advocates to Nazis: Here's the video from Silverdale, Washington.

Satanists respond to Hobby Lobby: With a demand for an exemption from "informed consent" laws.

The tunnels between Gaza and Israel: "The walls are about 30 inches apart — wide enough for two people to squeeze past each other, unless both are in body armor."

The cease fire between Hamas and Israel: Not happening.

Body blockades: At Boeing over munition shipments to Israel, and in Bellingham over Bakken oil shipments to Northwest ports.

And thirty five percent of Americans: Are in collections.


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dnt trust me 1
I think vaginas are the best tunnels, but it is pretty neat that you have two news items today about tunnels.
Posted by dnt trust me on July 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM · Report this
rob! 2
If I've figured right, 29,322 cubic yards of concrete will go into the pilings of Bertha's access pit, only about 15% less than used in the California Academy of Sciences building (Hoover Dam contains 3.25 million yd³). The difference, obviously, is that Bertha's wad of concrete will be abandoned soon after use.
Posted by rob! on July 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM · Report this
raindrop 3
50% of those "news" items are simply links to already existing posts on Slog. Perhaps Eli you're confusing "Best of Slog" with the news. I thought especially you Eli, of all staffers, had more of a passion for your work.
Posted by raindrop on July 29, 2014 at 10:19 AM · Report this
biffp 4
The School Board was doing its job vetting the math textbooks. Unless the additional member was elected, that wouldn't have even happened, and the existing books were crap. If Jose couldn't handle tough questions to his staff, he had no place as superintendent. I can't believe the Stranger flip flopping on this after the fact.
Posted by biffp on July 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM · Report this
@4, and the Times story raises some very interesting questions.

It is not only unheard, but today in the absolute corruption called America, almost quite common, for superintendents of school boards, and their cronies, to be connected to a consulting company, or schoolbook publisher, supplying said books to a school system.

I'd be very interested in seeing a followup story of such, perhaps done by an enterprising Stranger journalist, lending credence to Banda or giving us the full story?

But the past choices of school superintendent have been really poor, especially that Goodloe-Johnson, the privatizer.

And then a few years back they hired that Wall Street stooge who really bolluxed up the books!
Posted by sgt_doom on July 29, 2014 at 11:01 AM · Report this
One Kind Word On Paul Schell

Although I despised Schell and considered him just a yes man to the Community Development Roundtable, I would like to say one kind word about his passing.

When Schell ran for the position of mayor, he did so illegally as he did not live in the city.

(Yes, evidently he acquired an address within the city from one of his cronies, but he was still in violation of the law.)

And, as mayor, Schell spent significant time away at his home on the French Riviera.

But, at least in his death, Schell died in Seattle proper (Swedish Medical Center).
Posted by sgt_doom on July 29, 2014 at 11:04 AM · Report this

Gregoire should be put up for indictment.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 29, 2014 at 11:38 AM · Report this
The sins of the mother.... down with Courtney Gregoire and her special appointments to the Seattle Community College board and then the Port of Seattle Commision.
Posted by ChefJoe on July 29, 2014 at 12:47 PM · Report this
I wouldn't quite put it the way you do but basically you are correct.

Can you believe it? We give Gregoire junior plum jobs just because her mother was incompetent.
Posted by caution&daring on July 29, 2014 at 4:13 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 11
So, even after all this overly delayed work just to access Big Bertha, there is ZERO guarantee that the "fix" won't result in a second breakdown in another 1000 feet.

And it's still the most obvious contribution to Global Warming GHG emissions in Seattle over it's lifetime. Not just construction, not just the emissions of cars (zero transit) in it's reduced capacity, but OPERATIONS will make our "green" Seattle plans a mockery.

Mr. Governor and Mr. Mayor, kill this Tunnel.

Posted by Will in Seattle on July 29, 2014 at 5:22 PM · Report this
It is not the school board that drives away superintendents, it is the incompetent, arrogant central staff and their dysfunctional political culture. No one wants to take the blame for all of their failures.
Posted by Charlie Mas on July 29, 2014 at 8:45 PM · Report this
No, there is virtually no one "wondering" about superintendents in Seattle except the Seattle Times editorial board (but they have this weird fixation on this topic), Tim Burgess (who would like to be mayor and then get rid of elected boards and appoint the board himself) and a few random ed reformers.

That's it.

Seattle Schools has a cultural dysfunction at headquarters. Anyone who knows this district, knows this for certain. Superintendents die, come and go, are exited and things remain the same.

Years ago, there was a great report by a local firm, Moss-Adams, that basically said, that if you don't change the culture of a bureaucracy, you change nothing.

So it is for Seattle schools and their administration.
Posted by westello on July 29, 2014 at 11:13 PM · Report this

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