I was sitting in my office watching the Mariners slowly fade into the west when there was a rather large explosion. I waited for the inevitable emergency response, but when there wasn’t any, I moved on back to the game and my frustrations with what is shaping up to be yet another season of promise ending without a playoff appearance. Clearly, I was out of it, because I should have known exactly what it was!
There are a whole lot of questions about it this morning. Who knows if there will ever be any answers?
Speaking of the Mariners, the City of Seattle wants them to sign a new 25-year lease on the Stadium. But, the Mariners aren’t all that eager to do so after the City balked at paying for roughly $180 Million in maintenance – mostly for the roof – before they agree to stay there. Now, the argument goes that the M’s are a “private” company and they have scads of money, and the City of Seattle has a massive homeless problem that could really “use” that $180 Million. So in a fit of socialism gone crazy after Amazon crushed the head Tax, the agreement to make the repairs and do the maintenance to the stadium has been halted. The problem is, of course, that the City of Seattle, not the Mariners, own the stadium.
Now… on the one hand, there is the debate over municipalities building sports palaces for ungrateful and disloyal franchises and then giving them tax incentives and breaks out the wazoo. Believe me, I oppose that. but… Seattle already did it. So if the M’s leave the stadium, who gets to pay for the $180+ Million in repairs and maintenance that will be needed to attract another tenant?
A Chicago Cardinal says that the Pope has more important work to get onto, including climate change and helping migrants, not the “rabbit hole” of the sexual abuse scandal.
And in Washington state, I-940 seeks to “reform” Law Enforcement by changing the standards for Police conduct in violent situations. It won’t accomplish what it claims that it will, but that won’t stop it from passing.