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8:46 PM yesterday cressona commented on EOD: We Asked 9 Petting Zoo Critters At Animal Encounters What They Think of ST3.
God bless you, Ms. Knauf. This was really stupid. But stupid in a good way. Not stupid in a bad way, which was my mom's review of "Bad Moms." And not that my mom is a bad mom, or if she is, it's in a good way.

Anyway, I was going to imagine that some Sound Transit critic would have already responded to this post by saying that what the animals at UUB Pavement Park in First Hill are really saying is, "Sound Transit betrayed us. They promised us light rail to First Hill and all we got was this feed."

I suppose instead I'll just have to wait for the inevitable thousand-word, single-paragraph essay extolling the virtues of bus rapid transit and self-driving cars.
Aug 23 cressona commented on Morning News: Accused Mukilteo Shooter Pleads Not Guilty, Seattle Considers a Homeless Shelter for People with Heroin Addictions.
Seattle Times editorial board: "Yet for questioning the transit orthodoxy, Carlyle was treated like a dissident in North Korea or China."

To use a term of art from Ryan Lochte, it sounds like somebody on the Seattle Times editorial board is "over-exaggerating." The question is who? Who's writing this over-the-top tripe? It's not like Bruce Ramsey's on the editorial board anymore. At least that guy was a true-believer Ted Cruz conservative. Is somebody from Breitbart moonlighting there?

Well, I guess we know now where they're coming down on Sound Transit 3. As if I ever should have doubted...
Aug 17 cressona commented on Guest Editorial: What Reuven Carlyle Got Wrong in His Critique of ST3.
This episode is reminiscent to me of then-King County Executive Ron Sims coming out against ST2 in 2008.

From The Seattle Times at the time:
Although they voted to put the plan before voters, two members of the 18-person board oppose it: King County Executive Ron Sims, and Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, R-Federal Way. Sims tried Thursday to add another $120 million to the package to subsidize a rapid increase in express-bus trips by King County Metro, but was turned down. A former Sound Transit board chairman, Sims now favors bus-rapid transit over light rail in some corridors.

“We just told tens of thousands of Metro riders that for the next eight years, they’re either going to be standing, or watching buses pass them by,” Sims said.


Thank goodness we didn't listen to Ron Sims's shortsightedness at the time, or his attempt at getting the voters to be shortsighted. I still can't help but think that Sims had his own ulterior motive at the time, just as I think Carlyle does now. Or maybe this was just another elected official letting a fit of pique and pride get in the way of seeing the big picture.
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Aug 17 cressona commented on Guest Editorial: What Reuven Carlyle Got Wrong in His Critique of ST3.
Reuven Carlyle knows full well that a defeat of ST3 this November is not going to make it any more likely that the state will better fund public education. So the question arises, why is he coming out with this convoluted position that does nothing to help his own purported cause?

I've speculated that his true motives are something else, that he is just having the back of his own influential backers in his district who don't want high-capacity, high-speed mass transit coming to their backyards. Think Georgetown when the D.C. Metro was being built (opposition that area is now regretting). Think every group of NIMBYs that always comes out of woodwork when light rail is proposed for their neighborhood. I mean, come on, is it really just a coincidence that the most outspoken political critic of ST3 should represent the district that stands the most to benefit from it? And if that's the case, we all know, Carlyle can't come out with the real reasons he's agin' it; he knows that's a losing argument, that the affluent backs he has to scratch in his district are overwhelmingly outnumbered by the other voters his district who are pro-transit.

That's still my most likely explanation. On the other hand, it could be a fit of pique and pride, a publicity stunt in support of his more favored cause, which he thinks he won't be held accountable for politically. My sense, though, is that Carlyle is a little more rational than than.
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Aug 16 cressona commented on Werner Herzog Looks for the Internet God in Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.
One question. Does the film show that photo that should never have been taken, let alone published for all the world to see?
Aug 12 cressona commented on ST3 Supporters to Reuven Carlyle: We Can Fund Education and Transit.
John Niles @12, I love your last paragraph there. It's like a couple where the wife wants to have a second child and the husband doesn't, but rather than coming out and saying so, he says, "How about we wait until Jr. is headed off to college until we try to get pregnant? That way we can really focus on one child at a time." And he crosses his fingers it doesn't occur to his wife that a little thing called menopause might kick in before then. (This is clearly a really stupid dude.)

I realize you're having to take this convoluted tack because you can't claim that light rail is a disaster that no one will ride. It's a success, even with this really incomplete network, and you know very well that once the missing puzzle pieces are filled in, there's going to be a snowball effect of success. Once there's fast, grade-separated light rail to Ballard, more people are going to be riding the light rail to the U District.

Yeah, if I were a longtime transit opponent, I'd be asking for a cooling-off period too. But just imagine if we transit advocates had said to the roads-only crowd years ago, "Hey, why do you need I-90 and the viaduct and SR-167? You've already got I-5 and SR-520. Can't you be happy with what you've got?"
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Aug 12 cressona commented on ST3 Supporters to Reuven Carlyle: We Can Fund Education and Transit.
Something tells me this is a bit of concern trolling on the part of Carlyle, that the reason he's giving for opposing ST3 is not the same as the reason he's actually opposing ST3.

The shame is that the 2016 general-election ballot is locked in, and Carlyle himself doesn't have a challenger. Goodness knows the 36th is a progressive enough district we could get someone who better represents it.
Aug 12 cressona commented on Why State Senator Reuven Carlyle—a Democrat Representing Ballard—Won't Endorse Sound Transit 3.
Try it out for free @8, I'll do that.

Mr. X @6: "ST3 is WAY too expensive and WAY WAY too regressive." Wow, Mr. X is opposed to a mass transit measure. Now there's a news flash. For Mr. X to say his problem with ST3 is that it's too expensive is a bit like Grover Norquist saying he's opposed to a federal tax increase on the rich because it's too big. No, he's opposed to a federal tax increase on the rich because it's a federal tax increase on the rich.

But hey, if Reuven Carlyle can garner the support of the likes of "Not Good Red Herring Either" and Mr. X, maybe he's got a whole new constituency he can start appealing to. Who knows, perhaps there are some campaign contributions in the offing from Martin Selig and Elizabeth Campbell. Of course, all of these folks are well-known champions of public education.
Aug 11 cressona commented on Why State Senator Reuven Carlyle—a Democrat Representing Ballard—Won't Endorse Sound Transit 3.
King Rat @1, you gave a better response than I did @2. The irony is that, if the goal is to defeat a transportation measure because we aren't sufficiently funding education, the result is just going to be not enough money for transportation and education. It's kinda like Ralph Nader running for president in 2000 because Al Gore just wasn't pure enough, and what did we get for his trouble? The George W. Bush presidency.
Aug 11 cressona commented on Why State Senator Reuven Carlyle—a Democrat Representing Ballard—Won't Endorse Sound Transit 3.
I live in Carlyle's district. Guess I'll have to write someone in this November, considering he's running unopposed. I can only hope he'll be opposed next time around.