Vote NO on Prop 1 --- Seattle Transportation
Yeah, Sawant can be uncompromising with her rhetoric, and her take-no-prisoners style has caused establishment panties to permanently bunch. So what?
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2) "citizen oversight committee will track all this money, and any deviations from the spending..." Nope, BS on "citizen oversight." Look, Move Seattle is a slush fund. They don't have to do ANY of the projects (read the fine print) and there's no ranking. I guarantee that the projects at the end of the line will not get done if other projects go over budget.
This should be broken out into three, very specific, levies. Not voting for this one.
3) Good calls on all the School Board races. Christophersen has said, at recent forums, that race isn't the issue in the opportunity gap that's it's all socio-economic. When asked about gun violence at schools, he said it wasn't much of an issue and oh, as a teen in Bellevue, he rode around on his bike with a loaded .22. He isn't for making it harder for parents of unvaccinated kids to be public schools (he says it would cost more to educate if they aren't in public schools). No. But yes, yes, yes to Burke, Harris, Geary and Pinkham.
4) Wrong on Bradburd; he's a good progressive, not an Establishment candidate.
5) I would ask that voters consider what is coming. There are two big levies on this November ballot. BUT, in Feb. 2016, the school district is coming with nearly $1B in renewal levies.
So with Move Seattle ($930M), Best Start for Kids (about $400M) and the school district ($900M+). We ALL have to consider other Seattle residents who are low-income or senior citizens. They may lose the ability to live in Seattle if their property taxes continue to soar.
I believe someone is going to lose a levy. Question is, who?
Yes, we can wait! Voting NO says we want a new plan, Mayor Murray. Pare it down. Nothing in Move Seattle is guaranteed which is kinda scary for $930,000,000. Don't forget Sound Transit plans on asking for $15,000,000,000 next year. SDOT underestimated the seawall project by $21,000,000. Bertha still has not moved again...
Basic road maintenance, road signs, ect should not be in a voter approved levy.
“According to the real estate database company Zillow, the median home value in Seattle is $508,000,” writes Pishue. “If voters approve the levy, the owner of a median-priced home would pay an additional $315 every year in property taxes, or about $2,800 over the life of the levy.
Sorry, but if you blow >2x the legal limit at 3AM, you are completely disqualified from holding elected office.
I voted for Juarez in the primary, but will be supporting Sandy Brown in the general.
Points for honesty? Wilson could have explained that raising the assessment ratio doesn't raise anybody's taxes .. but he didn't, did he?
What did Hara do when he was on the job? Made King County a global leader in assessments technology, led his team to the highest employee satisfaction of all County departments, improved the accuracy of assessed values, and won a raft of awards for it.
And you're quite right. Wilson talks a good game.
SDOT may not need any money. A project being over budget does not mean that the owner is on the hook for it. If there isn't a change order or differing site claims...
Oh so the City has already agreed to pay all of this? That's unusual.
The 200k? Not really unusual. Expert engineers get a pretty good rate for their billable hours.
Its so easy to for a budget estimate to not match reality on stuff like this. There are so many moving parts, and any problems can have knock on effects on other parts of the project.
You have an odd concept of the district system. District representatives on the city council still govern the entire city. They are *answerable* to the district that elects them, and need to make certain the concern of that district are heard and addressed, but they are still *responsible* for the entire city. I's not like Harrell becomes the mayor of District 2 and has no impact anywhere else.
If you didn't think he was doing a good job on city council before, how would that same performance be better now?
At one point, you state that a current candidate for City Council has received campaign contributions from a current member of City Council - the chairman of City Council, no less.
Is that even legal?? If so, how? Do Queen Anne council members purchase the Sodo council seat for the friend they'd prefer to have luncheon with?!
Yet...even so called "Socialists" remain silent.
Most of you people suck!!!!
That's Five. Billion. Dollars. At only $20,000 per year, it would be 2.5 billion dollars. How they makin' up the shortfall between that and the $73 million in property tax? I doubt their deal with SSA or United is that lucrative.
Is there anyone in the Stranger offices who has the slightest idea that numbers are real, and stops to think about them? Or do you just have a very strange definition of "directly employs."
The Port's Wikipedia page claims the Port generates 194,000 jobs in the entire state. Since that count probably includes every apple picker, every wheat farmer, every imported car salesman and every Boeing machinist, I kinda doubt the Port employs 2/3 of those people directly.
What an asinine argument. You think this is a "slush fund" because there is flexibility with the spending? You have it completely backwards. Flexibility is good. Flexibility allows us to get the best value for our money. Imagine you are making road improvement, and they include a new bridge. You expected the bridge to cost 10 million, but it turns out, after investigating it further, it will cost 100 million. With flexible spending, you cut bait and spend the money elsewhere. But with your plan, you build a bridge half way across or eliminate other projects. That is stupid.
Look, the only reason we have to vote on these sorts of things is because Republicans and Republican thinking voters control our purse. In a real republic, the folks in charge (the city council and mayor) would just raise the taxes. If you don't like it, voter for someone else. But because of the ridiculous limitations put on our government, we have to basically vote for something that every representative thinks is a good idea. Or did you miss the part where this was endorsed by every single member of the city council? That is rare -- those folks fight over all sorts of things. But funding transportation projects in a city that has transportation issues just makes sense.
Please read this view on Move Seattle from The League of Women Voters. They bring up very important concerns about this levy.
"But he was also an active opponent of a big-box mall at the site of Goodwill Industries International in Rainer Valley in 2009, and mostly avoided joining a chorus of NIMBYism back in 2011 when some in the Jackson Park neighborhood fought against a mental health crisis facility being located in the area (good job)." - http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archive…
Bill is a serious, reasonable, knowledgeable, and good-natured community activist who has support among the working class, artists, and lots of other people who feel like development targeted towards the wealthy is overtaking this city and making it unaffordable for too many. Is Bill really the only one who thinks Capitol Hill is growing too fast and that development there has changed the character of the neighborhood?
Second, it glosses over the fact that, on top of receiving funds and endorsements from the Police Guild and Burgess, Gonzalez has also received funds from Vulcan and other micro-housing and luxury condo developers. I think there needs to be a better justification for endorsing this candidate other than "she's not Bradburd."
I did google pangolins and agree that they are pretty adorable for a weird dinosaur. But I'm not aware that Washington is some kind of animal trafficking hot spot, and even if it is I doubt that this will deter all the pangolin smugglers when they find out about it. Might have been more useful to give the WWF $3 million instead.
I never thought The Stranger could out do themselves when Dano Savage supported the illegal Bush crime family invasion of Iraq, but their endorsement for Seattle/Prop 1 -- the black check to the Community Development Roundtable and Paul Allen for their "transportation" wet dream list is another woeful first.
The transportation situation we now have is due to the whims of the Community Development Roundtable (and Paul Allen) being followed, voting for another round of this bullcrap is PURE INSANITY --- brought to you by the same dood who supported an invasion/war from George W. Bush, that simpleton!
Now, try to think independently, please. . . .
With the recent Neighbors for Banks PAC (run by an international investment bankster with major donation from Bank of America), it is obvious whose constituency Pamela Bankster represents!
The Levies are a short term solution to a vexxing problem statewide. The un-Constitutional cap on property tax rises must be removed. Otherwise, you perpetuate a permanent class of people who have scads of property but do not contribute and those who wages are raped night and day through sales taxes, B&O taxes and other fees and who cannot climb the ladder to ownership. Even the Bollywood Bolshevik is willing to steal wages but not address the Property Imbalance that plagues Washington State thus exposing what props her up.
We get a lot of glass and arty cement and phoned-in "public art" (when we can't afford art instruction in the schools) and hours and hours of public meetings where people that one would not ask which direction is up for fear of a wrong answer, have to get taken seriously by bored bureaucrats.
I'll vote for the kid thing, because I Believe That Children Are Our Future, and that it is a good, solid plan to avoid as much Caging Of The Youth as possible (much more solid than this boneheaded, don't-understand-bonding-issues nonsense of the no youth jail crowd), and I'll probably vote for this transportation thing because at least it creates work for working class people at the prevailing wage, and we need to do something about the transportation mess, but I'm not all that enthusiastic about it.
Any city or state that attempts to skirt Property Tax should be banned from receiving Federal tax dollars (my income taxes) for boondoggles. Billion dollar tunnels and other "infrastructure" must be funded at least 50% by local property tax or they should not be allowed to get Federal dollars.
"We get a lot of glass and arty cement and phoned-in "public art" (when we can't afford art instruction in the schools) and hours and hours of public meetings where people that one would not ask which direction is up for fear of a wrong answer, have to get taken seriously by bored bureaucrats." LOL. HA!
This city isn't supposed to function. It has been transformed into an endless experiment in upscale vanity and goofy bubble-mentality progressive politics. People move here to work for Amazon et al, and snark about Walmart shoppers in flyover country without any trace of irony.
Everybody drives here (poorly) yet they won't shut up about global warming caused by all the "poors" and "rednecks" going to the strip mall in Iowa.
I would think all you liberals would just boycott cars one day and try to go full "Copenhagen" or something, but you're too lazy to do it. Easier just to argue about transit plans.
@48 as usual, teabaggy jackass is wrong about everything.
Communism is a failure. See exhibit A USSR. And yes, Sawant is a communist not a socialist since she advocates for the workers rising up and taking privately held companies by force. Seriously ridiculous.
He could not give consent.
Seattle property owners are Deadbeats....it's one thing to be frugal if you also reduce your own demands. But that's not the case here. Seattlites demand premium services, expect stellar police and educational and transportation systems, but then turn around and refuse to pay for them out of their own pockets. All of these services and much of the "infrastructure" directly benefits the property owners valuations, but they want to milk other people's incomes to pay for them! Like a Deadbeat Dad, a Deadbeat Seattlite Property Owner has something that he is obligated to pay for, but pushes the burden on someone else so he can enjoy himself.
It's been discussed endlessly in this forum, but (one more time -sigh-) Ms Sawant isn't effective in a collaborative consensus body (which despite folks enjoying the in-your-face chaos, is exactly what a council amounts to). Those same folks who delight that Ms Sawant provides nothing toward cooperation are those who lament this happening in the halls of Congress. Ms Sawant is highly effective as a narrow issued reactionary fighting against a governing body; and i think we all expect her to return to that useful role in time. But refusing to deal with the tedious day to day operations of a city council because earmarking funds for playground equipment somewhere doesn't address global injustice is simply a waste of city resources. She has demonstrated many times that if the topic doesn't interest her, doesn't somehow have a perceived global significance, then she cannot even be bothered to provide any constructive input. Anyone that doesn't see this, hasn't been really been watching her or listening to her endless out of place lectures.
#63 is correct: her kind is only concerned with making national news with "global" issues, and not about dealing with regional problems. This has always been the big problem with the Far Left. In the end the great debate about "Global Liberation" and the political ambitions it's champions swallows up the smaller issues, and their would be constituents are left struggling with monolithic entities no better or more compassionate than large corporations.
Localism isn't evil. In fact, it may be the only way out for parts of the nation's less attractive interior.
I'd probably vote for Maddux if I were in the 4th--they're both great candidates--but it's hard to emphasize how unfair this attack on Johnson is. There's not a shred of evidence he supported the tunnel. The notion that because he's good at projecting an image of the cooperating dealmaker, he'd have supported a disastrous policy of exactly the sort he's spent his career working against is an absurd attack. O'Brien is pretty good at projecting a similar image, and he didn't support the boondoggle.