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Sonics Sleepwalk in Second Half

Gary Washburn over at the Seattle Sonics Blog, gives us a review of Sunday’s Sonics game against the San Antonio Spurs (San Antonio 116, Sonics 101). Washburn called it “one of their better games of the season,” even though they lost by 15 points. He says it’s a “rebuilding year” for the Sonics, where they will show “great potential against some of the NBA's better teams and then look ragged against some of the league's mediocre clubs.” According to the blogger, they shot well enough, and “limited the Spurs' 3-point shooting in the second half,” but it’s the little things that keep them from winning. “Offensive rebounding. Empty possessions. Turnovers. Forced shots.”

Washburn also opines in the post that the Sonics have to start better in the second half. They did not score during the final 2:16 of Sunday’s game. “The Sonics seemed so happy to be tied at halftime, they sleptwalked through the third quarter,” giving up 12 points to 0, which was pretty much the game right there. “The Sonics don't deal with success very well and if they played with the same intensity to start the second half as they did in the first half, we might be talking about a victory.” Check the post for team player’s “report cards.”

Pridemore Decisionless on Tax Cap Vote

David Postman writes in his Postman on Politics blog that Sen Craig Pridemore, D-Vancouver is not sure what to do about the 1 percent property tax cap vote. Pridemore had told Postman last week that he “would be a certain no vote against reinstating a 1 percent property tax cap.” However, his constituents want it reinstated, and he thinks “his vote could decide his political future.”

In an e-mail quoted in the post, Pridemore states that after “profound review… it's immensely clear to me that I don't have the political support in my own district to carry out a fight like this... I'm standing against a Democratic Governor AND against Democratic Senate and House leadership.” The senator states that it’s difficult to tell his constituents that it’s bad for local government when the other Democrats say “it’s no big deal.” At this point in time, he’s still not sure how he’ll vote. Response to his e-mail has mostly been sympathetic from colleagues.

Time to Rethink Washington Ferry System?

A recent post in Seattle Waterfront by Capt. Toby calls for voters to look closely at the Washington State Ferry (WSF) system as a reasonable transportation alternative when they are casting their votes. The system is “one of the World's largest, serving over twenty million passengers annually.” WSF serves “eight counties and British Columbia's Vancouver Island/Victoria area,” and is an "icon" of Western Washington with an incredible safety record. Last week WSF announced that four ferries were being removed from service due to “hull deterioration” – one of which is being temporarily replaced by a “moth-balled” passenger-only ferry.

Toby explains in his post that there are no “attractive alternatives” to the most affected route: Keystone-Port Townsend crossing. “The "Klickitat", the normal "Steel Electric" vessel had a 60+ car capacity will be sorely missed. Because the Whidbey Island landing is so "tight", the WSF "reserve" fleet cannot be utilized on that route.” He calls this an opportunity to “re-examine” the workings of the entire system. As part of the State Department of Transportation, they should consider some rerouting and expanding service “to meet the changing demographics of its service area.”

Rain City Realestate: Sellers Unrealistic

Ardell DellaLoggia’s recent post in Rain City Guide, a blog about Seattle realestate, calls sellers on their unrealistic listings, noting that prices are going up even though the market is slowing down. “Inventory is rising. The number of sales are fewer.  BUT the prices are still going up.” To understand this, she writes, one must look at “what is not selling and why.” According to DellaLoggia’s charts, “the median price of homes NOT sold is way out or proportion to what the sellers SHOULD be asking.”

In the post, the blogger remarks that the selling prices do continue to rise from year to year, and that the homes that did sell in the last year “did sell higher and in less time, but fewer properties sold overall.”  The median price of homes that have not sold is $519,245.  “That is 15.5 % higher than homes sold for in the last 12 months. Sellers are simply asking way too much to be successful in their efforts.” The informs buyers that when we see price reductions, it means the homes are actually coming down to what they should have been listed for in the first place. DellaLoggia warns sellers if they “don’t Get Real Real Fast, then the market will start undervaluing due to increasing overpriced inventory.”

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