commented on A Pictorial History of Public Campaign Financing in Seattle
I don't understand Seattle voters some times...
1) Public financing has not achieved the desired results elsewhere. This was even confirmed by the consultants Council brought here as part of the background on this proposal. And Council's own staff admit that it won't meet the goals initially outlined in studying the proposal. Yet 8 of 9 Councilmembers voted for it, and countless so-called progressives support it.
2) On the other hand, 22 of the 25 largest cities in the U.S. have at least some Council seats elected by district, and yet scores of people are utterly convinced that it can't possibly work here, that it's a crackpot idea, that it's a rich Republican scheme, or that there's no evidence to back it up.
commented on Cops Gone Wild!
It also helps if you boil down to some really key points -- which I'm sure you know, and which cops should all be getting trained on:
1) It is perfectly legal to photograph cops if you're not interfering with their job.
2) They are required to provide their name and rank if requested.
3) There are specific procedures for dealing with press when a person so identifies to the officer.
YOU did all three of these things properly and calmly. These officers failed in each response.
commented on Do Districts Have a Race Problem?
No, the problem is that voters have just become so accustomed to gerrymandering of districts, that lines drawn based on geographical boundaries and similar in shape seem odd to them. Unfortunately, this is why more than 3/4 of Congress currently holds "safe" seats and gets re-elected every year.
commented on Public Finance Bill Ignores Possibility of District Elections
So... anyone can sign up to receive all the agendas emailed to them, and I routinely receive them more than 24 hours ahead of time, which gives you plenty of time to call or email your comments to Council members, as well as plan to watch on TV if you can't get to City Hall.
As for public financing, which I think is a bad idea, I know at least a couple of Councilmembers have been traveling around to district councils to talk about the proposal and get feedback.
commented on Why Is Albert Shen Running for City Council?
@10, this is hardly a "subtle game." Unless Shen disputes the quote, he didn't say he wants to bring more diversity to the Council or that he has an additional contribution to bring. Shen says that there is NO diversity on the Council, which suggests he has little familiarity with who is actually on City Council and the issues they are working on -- as Harrell is not only running for Mayor, but has taken some significant stands on issues highlighting the concerns of people of color in Seattle.
commented on Playing Russian Roulette With Your Online Social Presence
I don't understand why so many people talk about Facebook like it's some monster that walks into your home and destroys things... I control how often I check Facebook -- sometimes multiple times a day, sometimes not for a couple of days. I control who I'm friends with or not and who shows up in my newsfeed or not, and what types of items appear in my newsfeed from different friends. I also actually utilize groups so that friends only see the things I want them to see or that are potentially relevant to them.
commented on Subarea Equity: A Stupid Policy Is a Stupid Policy Is a Stupid Policy
You're wrong on this, Goldy... and admit to it when you agree with the theory that McKenna and other suburbanites put it in place hoping to screw over Seattle.
I, too, think it was a bad policy to implement; but after a few years it's now bad policy to remove it. SAE prevented us from building more quickly inside Seattle, screwing up our system, but it now guarantees revenues freed up to build more inside our City areas. Removing it now simply guarantees more funds go to extending further into the suburbs and building more park-and-rides.
I'm not arguing against more expansion to a broader regional area... BUT the higher ridership and potential to change lifestyles and reduce congestion and auto pollution lies inside Seattle first, not in spreading out to Everett, Tacoma, and Issaquah more quickly. In fact, building lines outwards faster than inwards could actually accelerate sprawl.