you're all stoned.
Yes, this opinion piece is dumb, and off-target for a stoned, younger crowd. And their flyer is dumb, too. But there are still reasons to not vote for an MPD at this time.
For some of us that are voting NO, the larger concern is the CURRENT lack of accountability at Parks and how that carries on with the MPD.
Parks has never been audited (to determine how to make them more efficient). Seattle is already at the top nationally for parks funding per capita and parks staff per capita. Parks can't clean the bathrooms at Green Lake but we can pay the top 25 employees all over $100K/year and give them raises totaling over a quarter million dollars over the last two years.
And the so-called $287M backlog appears to be at least slightly inflated (good luck getting a Stranger 'reporter' to look into that) with many items not really a near-term issue.
So throwing money at the department isn't necessarily the solution. And General Fund revenues are going up so we are not likely in the near term to have to worry about cutting departments' funding and will have more for Parks.
MPD oversight and audit claims are also somewhat suspect. Look at how the "citizens committee" recommending this was hand-picked with no public review and represented largely beneficiaries of increased funding (no wonder they recommended it - and continue to show up in comments threads touting the benefits, or fund the YES side, such as the Aquarium and Zoo have).
The new "Oversight Committee" will include Parks Board members which has on it now Tom Tierney, the man responsible for displacing 560 families of the Yesler Terrace community and selling off the land for development (can anyone say Vulcan). And Parks already has a bad track record regarding turning over Parks land (such as kicking artists out of Building 11 a few years ago with the idea of putting in a Virginia Mason medical facility instead). Remember the MPD would have the authority to raise revenues through commercialization of the parks.
Council already does a crappy job overseeing this department, and as the MPD Board, wouldn't likely do much better.
But AFTER Parks is cleaned up , and with a separately elected MPD Board (who would be FULL TIME overseeing the department), THEN give them more money. Because we really aren't taxed enough for things like parks, transit and education.
Finally for those saying that this is all wealthy homeowners saying "no", here is uber-lefty (and underpaid) EAT THE STATE publisher Geov Parrish telling us why to vote NO: http://geov.org/gp/