Bravo to Brendan Kiley for delving into the too-often-opaque politics of the Port of Seattle.
The Port, of course, was much more thoroughly covered when the Seattle P-I was still circulating on the streets of Seattle.
While Kiley says accurately that he is “dramatically oversimplifying” the controversy concerning clean trucks, he did a good job at conveying the basics with an economy of words.
For those who might want to know more about that controversy, InvestigateWest and KCTS 9 did a two-part series, “Breathing Uneasy,” that thoroughly explores how pollution in the south end of Seattle, where diesel-fired port trucks regularly traverse the streets, is a hot-spot statewide for children stricken for asthma: http://bit.ly/m24TRr
InvestigateWest also followed up when Tarelton and other commissioners refused to speed up cleanup of the trucks: http://bit.ly/RD9N9S
. And we covered subsequent protests when the national organization of ports met in Seattle: http://bit.ly/TUQt7b
Publicola also has tracked the trucks controversy pretty well, with a particular eye on the plight of the drivers. Here’s a recent example: http://bit.ly/TgcCjM