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Four years ago, McGinn had run on the promise to put a light-rail extension on the ballot within two years, stay clear of the controversial deep-bore tunnel, bring bicycling inside the mainstream, and make Seattle more equitable for people of color and the poor. Instead? Light rail never materialized in any election. He unsuccessfully fought the tunnel anyway, to his detriment, while, even more detrimentally, he failed to present a viable transportation alternative. And bicycle lanes, ironically, became a whipping boy for all the city’s traffic frustrations. Worst of all, McGinn stood by haplessly with a lame police chief while Seattle Police Department officers punched, kicked, shot, and killed racial minorities. Once the US Department of Justice forced the city into a court settlement to fix SPD, McGinn’s fate seemed sealed.
If you had stopped there, that would be enough to tell the story. Everything else you wrote is defensive ass coverings. But you should have also added that coming into 2009, McGinn had no experience even administering a team of five like-minded people, much less managing an entire city. Talk with the people with whom he worked at Stokes Law - he was a disorganized lightweight even then. Only Stranger writers seem to be surprised that he was such an ineffective manager.