David Brewster has an unintentionally hilarious article on how stuff gets done in Olympia these days. All legislation goes through Frank Chopp, which means that every legislation has to appeal to Chopp’s
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As the various parties try to sort out a new solution for the Seattle waterfront (divert some traffic through downtown, add some bus rapid transit, and build a four-lane surface boulevard along Elliott Bay), they are trying to find some ways through the Chopp roadblock. Some opportunities for getting into what’s known as “Frank’s values field”: viewing platforms and low-income housing on some blocks.
In other words, if the Sonics would just agree to convert some of those luxury boxes in Key Arena to homelss shelters, we’d have had a new arena yesterday.