kicked out a press release this morning announcing the ground breaking of a renewable energy storage facility. I don't really understand it, but it has something to do with converting waste wood into fuel. Alternative energy projects haven't been hugely successful of late--Propel's biofuel stations are pretty empty--but the most interesting thing that jumped out wasn't the fuel, it was the guest list for the event--Mayor Greg Nickels, running for re-election next year, and Council Member Larry Phillips, exploring a 2009 run against Ron Sims for his Executive post. Is it just a one-time joint appearance or a harbinger of campaign alliances to come?
It's been a rough week for Sims--the County Councilor unanimously passed a measure last week asking for more transparency with regard to the Metro funding gap with fare increases on the horizon. And yesterday, three people from the council, including Democrats Dow Constantine and Julia Patterson, announced they were pushing for privatization of the animal shelter--another Sims liability. “The current model isn’t working, and frankly hasn’t worked for years,” Patterson states in a press release yesterday.