“How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon.” - Dr. Seuss
by Michael Sarko
- The Capitol Hill Times -
Fear not for your late-night store-brand cereal cravings, the grocery workers’ strike has been averted. This week, grocery store labor union leaders reached a deal with major store chains like QFC, Safeway, Albertsons and Fred Meyer. The strike aimed to secure better wages, stable pension plans and other benefits like health care for union grocery store employees.
Mayor McGinn has asked Seattle Public Utilities to aim for carbon neutrality by the year 2015. To be carbon neutral, SPU will have to update some of its practices and equipment, and purchase carbon offsets to compensate for the greenhouse gas emissions that the organization can’t eliminate. By these standards, Seattle City Light is already carbon neutral. The mayor’s office estimates this push would cost SPU approximately $180,000 per year.
The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture has awarded this year’s CityArtist grants to 33 individual artists working in the Greater Seattle area. The awards, which total more than $160,000, help artists develop new work in a variety of media, from photography to music, dance and film. Applications for the awards are weighted by such criteria as feasibility and public access.