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November 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Saturday Memo: Snow in the mountains … Conlin concedes … Huskies frustrated

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Weather: ….. Snow in the mountains, so some ski resorts are open. Sun and clouds in the lowlands, but dry. Highs in the mid- to upper 40s. The forecast.

Richard Conlin concedes: The four-term member of the Seattle City Council — he of the consensus-building and pygmy goats and plastic-bag ban legislation, and a lot of  pro-environment and pro-transit votes over the years — conceded the election yesterday afternoon. Conlin was ahead on election night, but the results turned around — stunningly — after that, and Kshama Sawant, a former Occupy Seattle protester, will be the council’s newest member. City Councilmember Nick Licata said of Conlin: “Probably no person more than him has led the green revolution in Seattle’s consciousness.” Read reporter Brian M. Rosenthal’s look back at Conlin’s career and what might be expected from Sawant.

Ex-Seattle schools official headed to prison: Silas Potter Jr., who once headed a Seattle Public Schools small-business program, was sentenced yesterday to three years and seven months in prison for accepting about $80,000 in kickbacks from a contractor who did no work. The judge called Potter’s actions a “significant breach of the public trust.”

Voter turnout is lowest in a decade: Despite the convenience of an all-mail election, state voter turnout in 2013 was the weakest since 2003. Statewide turnout in the November election was 44.5 percent as of Friday. Several thousand ballots remain to be counted, but even so… lowest since 2003, when 40.5 percent of voters cast ballots, according to Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office. King County and Seattle, with its battle for mayor, had higher turnouts. Read more from political reporter Jim Brunner about this year’s voting and take a look back at our eagerness to vote in other years.

Husky football: UCLA proved too much for the Huskies last night, as UW lost 41-31. The Huskies are 0-3 on the road in the Pac-12.“It’s probably good that we have an extra day to regroup,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian said, “because that locker room is hurting right now.” Reporter Adam Jude has the story of the game and the frustration.

Seahawks: I know it’s a college-football day, and our daily memo is really supposed to deal with today, but really, isn’t every day just a countdown to the next Seahawks game? With that in mind, it’s worth mentioning that receiver Percy Harvin appears ready to make his Seahawks debut tomorrow. Harvin, who has been recovering from hip surgery, is likely to play in a limited role against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings. Coach Pete Carroll hedged a bit about whether Harvin would play, but… we’ll see. The Vikings play here. Kickoff is 1:25 p.m. tomorrow.

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